Whether you have been referred to us by your general doctor or found us on your own, preparing for your initial appointment well ahead of time can help ensure it runs as efficiently as possible.
As a dentist and TMJ specialist, Pasadena Pain Management is the trusted choice for patients seeking TMJ pain relief in Pasadena and the surrounding areas.
Here is what to expect from your initial TMJ appointment, as well as tips on how to prepare for it.
Getting Ready for Your First Appointment
Prior to your appointment, take some time to gather your medical records, your health insurance information and any other items that may be important to your diagnosis and treatment. This includes a list of medications you are currently taking and, if possible, your most recent dental records.
It is also important to have a list of questions prepared. You may have questions regarding our qualifications and experience. Or, you may want to ask questions regarding your treatment options, including what results to expect and duration of treatment. When it comes to finding relief from your TMJ pain, no question is too small or irrelevant to ask!
Your First TMJ Appointment at Pasadena Pain Management
The goal of your first appointment is for us to diagnose your pain and recommend a course of treatment based on the source of the problem. Your first appointment will include:
Questions about your health history. We will ask you extensive questions about your complete medical history. This will help ys determine whether you have preexisting conditions or are taking certain medications that may interfere with treatment.
Questions about your symptoms. It’s important to be completely transparent about the symptoms you are experiencing. Even if you think a symptom may be unrelated to your jaw pain, it is possible that it could be a lesser-known symptom of TMJ. The more information we have, the better we can recommend a course of treatment that addresses your specific symptoms.
A physical evaluation. We will look closely at your jaw, head and neck areas, paying close attention to their alignment. Physical symptoms, if any, could affect the type of treatment we recommend.
X-rays and impressions. Examinations often include X-rays and other imaging tools, such as T-Scan, to get an up-close and clear image of your jaw. We may also take impressions of your teeth to assess your bite and check for signs of bruxism (teeth grinding) and bite misalignment. Computer-guided software may also be used to better diagnose the specific problem and visualize how certain treatments can be used to improve symptoms.
About Pasadena Pain Management
Your first appointment at Pasadena Pain Management is your first step towards relief from jaw pain and other bothersome symptoms you may be experiencing due to TMJ disorder.
Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta® treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.