Craniofacial Pain, TMJ and Sleep of Oklahoma

448 36th Ave. N.W., Suite 103
Norman, Oklahoma 73072

Phone: 405.321.8030
Fax: 405.321.2108


Mon. - Thurs.
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - noon
(Business Office open only)

With more than $1.2 billion spent on prescription pain relievers and 700 million man-days of work lost each year, the consequences of failing to accurately diagnose TMD are all too real for patients.

Overlapping, subjective symptoms.
Musculoskeletal, neurological and neurovascular involvement.
The very real emotional and psychological toll of being in chronic pain.
These aspects TMD make diagnosis a complex, often daunting process. They also explain why physicians and dentists who are notboard-certified orofacialand craniofacial pain specialists may miss a potential TMJ disorder in a patient that is suffering from chronic head, neck and/orfacial pain.

COMMON TMD SYMPTOMS:Do you suffer from any of these?

  • Headaches
  • Jaw joint clicking or popping
  • Facial pain
  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Jaw joint pain
  • Worn, loose or sensitive teeth
  • Limited ability to open and close your mouth
  • Difficulty eating, chewing or swallowing
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Pain whenever you talk or smile
  • Earaches (or ear congestion)
  • Poor posture
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Non-restful sleep

What should a TMD Examination include?

TMD may have a single cause or it may be multifactorial. That's why a thorough and complete clinical evaluation-performed by a qualified dental professional -is essential. At a minimum, this exam should include:

  • Medical History
  • Dental History
  • Personal & Family History
  • Physical Evaluation

To confirm a TMD diagnosis, it may also be necessary to:

  • Complete diagnostic x-rays(i.e., panogramsand tomograms).
  • Schedule you for an MRI.
  • Schedule you for specialized physiologic and/or psychometric tests, and/or Consult with your doctors.

Who will benefit?

Anyone who suffers from chronic head, neck and/or facial pain will benefit from a thorough exam and, if indicated, treatment by a dentist who specializes in TMJ-related pain and dysfunction. This is especially true if standard medical evaluation and diagnostic testing has failed to revealthe cause of your head, neck or facial pain. Today, 75% of the U.S. population has experienced signs or symptoms of TMD. An estimated 5-10% will require specialized dental and oral therapies, with less than 3% of these patients requiring surgery in order to gain relief.

Early Diagnosis is Key

TMJ is often a chronic, degenerative disorder. Jaw-joint related pain and dysfunction worsens over time. As symptoms become more severe, your treatment options also become more limited. That's why we believe TMD should be ruled out as part of the differential diagnosis of all patientswith head, neck and/or facial pain.

For a simple TMD screening test, click HERE

For information about what to expect and how to prepare for your first appointment, click HERE