What to Expect During Your Visit
We will ask you to fill out a pain history and a detailed medical and dental history before your first visit. You can find these under Patient Forms in the About Us section of the website.
On your first visit, Dr. Stafford will perform a detailed examination in a treatment room. This usually takes about an hour. Dr. Stafford will examine your teeth and bite, perform a muscle evaluation of the muscles of the head and neck, examine jaw movements, and evaluate your posture.
After the exam, we will talk about a diagnosis. At this point, the diagnosis might be preliminary. Final diagnosis might require additional tests, which we will schedule at this time.
How to Prepare For Your First Visit
- Gather all pertinent medical history information such as past treatment that was sought for your condition, history of your condition, and medications taken for your condition. Don’t forget herbal supplements and over-the-counter medications! We may also ask about “lifestyle drugs” like alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco.
- Bring in any medical and dental insurance information. TMJ treatment sometimes falls under one or the other type of insurance. Depending on your coverage, it’s possible that neither type of insurance will provide much compensation.
- Do not take any muscle relaxers, pain medication, or over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) the day of your appointment. This also includes alcohol.
- Try to arrive at your first appointment a few minutes early. This appointment is a relatively long one, and arriving early helps us keep to our schedule so other patients can enjoy timely treatment.
What to Bring
- Medication list, including OTC medications, and herbal supplements. Be prepared to talk about alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco use.
- Medical and dental insurance cards
- Family members or friends who you want to help you make decisions on treatment.
Schedule Your First Visit Today
If you haven’t scheduled your initial consultation, please contact us today. Other doctors may have dismissed your symptoms or recommended unhelpful treatment. We will listen to you, and we are dedicated to helping you find relief, either at our office or with a helpful referral.