The Treatment of TMJ as it relates to Tourette's, Movement Disorders and Tremors
If possible, I would post 10 stars for Dr. Charles Jelinek and his entire staff! Why? Because it is richly deserved. I suffered a fall and hit my head 14 months ago, and went from being a very healthy 70 year old woman, to a woman who suffered daily excruciating head and jaw pain.... Months went by and I saw specialists after specialists, including internists, neurologists, and ENT doctors. Migraines, cluster headaches, and sinus infections were all ruled out as the source of my pain. Luckily, I have a great neurologist who really did his homework by ruling out other conditions that would cause the constant level 10 pain I was experiencing. Approximately 6 months, after another examination, he said I believe your head and jaw pain is coming from TMJ, and I am going to refer you to Dr. Charles Jelinek, who is the best and most knowledgeable of dentists in this complex, often misunderstood condition. I immediately contacted Dr. Jelinek's office, made my first appointment, and began my road to recovery!!! My first visit lasted 1 1/2 hours and involved extensive xrays and scans of my head, jaw and face...no other dentist had ever taken this thorough of an approach. After reviewing all my tests, Dr. Jelinek spent 45 minutes going over in detail what my results were: A severe case of TMJ. Dr. Jelinek then ordered an appliance made to exact specifications based on the pertinent data from my tests. Fast forward to today, when I am celebrating my fifth month of wearing my lower mouth appliance 24/7, and rejoicing in the fact that my daily headaches have lessened to one or two a month, and my jaw pain is about 75% alleviated. For anyone out there who has TMJ and wants to alleviate the chronic head and jaw pain, run, don't walk, to see Dr. Jelinek. You will be greeted in the waiting room with fresh chocolate chip cookies, and warm smiling faces of his highly competent staff! Read more
- Bonnie Rekemeyer
I started out with a lot of issues with my jaw. A lot of popping, clicking, and lots of headaches and pain. Went to an ENT and they actually referred me here. Ever since I started with the appliance I've seen a noticeable difference.... I’ve probably had one or two headaches out of like every two or three months. Which is drastically different than a couple a day. There is no more popping, I don't really have as much soreness while eating. Overall it has been a really positive experience. Read more
- Charvey Smith
Dr. Jelenik and his staff are all a pleasure to see, and I trust them. I’ve been in their treatment for around 1.5 - 2 months and already I don’t have the headaches, neck and shoulder aches, and the constant clicking and piercing pain in my jaws has subsided. ... Before I was having trouble eating! This is a process that will take some time, and I still have some other symptoms, but I can tell I’m heading in the right direction. I saw another doctor before I came to this office, and they wanted 3x as much money up front for the treatment! I would recommend Dr. Jelenik to anyone having TMJ pain and problems. Read more
How often do you meet a dentist who gets excited and energized when you’re making progress? I admit I was jaded and skeptical about my TMJ plan. I was desperate after so many uncaring TMJ experts turned out to be a bandaid at best. This guy cares and his approach has changed ... my attitude about how much I can overcome the pain and side effects of TMJ. My results are beyond what I had imagined in my best case dreams. Still working towards a complete and lasting cure at 6 months. But I’m pain free in every sense and better every day. I’m confident I’ll get there for the first time ever. If you’re serious about getting this monkey off your back he’s your man. He gets my highest recommendation and thanks. Read more
- Heather Callahan
Movement disorders are caused by neurological changes in the brain cells which can affect the speed, quality, fluency and ease of movement. There is either an excess of movement, or lack of movement. Movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and Tourette’s syndrome, causes people to have difficulty with talking, walking and performing various other tasks. They can also cause body tremors, which makes simple tasks such as eating and changing your clothes extremely difficult.
Tourette's Syndrome is a movement disorder that many times presents with a TMJ component. TS can be characterized by vocal tics which could vary from grunting or throat clearing to compulsive swearing and the repetition of vulgar phrases, head jerking, uncontrollable movement, fidgeting and facial tics. The tics caused by the disorder can become more severe during periods of great excitement or stress, and disappear when the person is deeply absorbed or otherwise distracted.
The treatment of TMJ as it relates to Tourette's Syndrome, Movement Disorders and Tremors involves the creation of an oral appliance to fit to the mouth of the patient. The oral appliance helps relieve the pressure on nerves and blood vessels in the jaw joint area. During the first visit an impression of the patient’s teeth is taken for the creation of the new appliance. Follow up appointments are then required to adjust or fine-tuned the positioning of the appliance to get maximum relieve from the symptoms. Some patients have experienced immediate relief in their symptoms, while others have noticed, over a period of time, a reduction in their symptoms.
If you have been diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome or a Movement Disorder and there is a TMJ component, here at the office of Dr. Jelinek we may be able to help you improve your quality of life.
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