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I have suffered from chronic migraines since I was 10 years old. The onset was random. I had no accident or trauma. One day I woke up with a debilitating migraine and for the next 13 years of my life I had two to four migraines a week. I tried every daily migraine medication but the only one that brought me temporary relief from my pain was a rescue medication eletriptan that did not stop the occurrence or help with the frequency of my migraines, but was merely a band aid solution to stop the migraines when they hit. Suffering from such a debilitating disease from a young age was very hard. I had to miss out on a lot and limit my activities and alter my daily living due to my migraines. In addition to migraine medication, I tried beta blockers, chiropractors, physical therapy, acupuncture, nerve blocks and Botox. Nothing brought me relief from migraines and by the age of 22 the frequency of my migraines and the intensity of my pain had increased. After living with this condition for over half of my life, I was mentally distraught and tired of living most of my days in pain and on powerful medications at such a young age.
This is when my new neurologist suggested I see a TMJ specialist, and I met Dr. Barry Cooper. By correcting my occlusion with an orthotic after three months I had finally achieved relief of intensity and frequency of my migraines and am continuing to see improvements every day. Something other neurologists and specialist had told me I would never achieve after hearing how long I had been suffering and the typical migraine therapy options I had tried. If I had not been introduced to this neuromuscular dental approach to treatment, I would continue living what felt like half a life, in extreme pain and mental despair. I am fortunate to have found a non-invasive, natural and successful treatment through neuromuscular dentistry.
I have been suffering with Orofacial pain/Temporo Mandibular Disorder for many years with no relief or cure until now. Through Dr. Cooper’s expertise in correcting my occlusion through Neuromuscular Dentistry techniques, the quality of my life has vastly improved – without prescription medications or counseling - and I can’t stress this enough!!
I had been working with my general dentist on this condition since 2009 when he fitted me for a plastic mouth guard, which perhaps protected the wearing down of tooth enamel, but did nothing to correct the occlusion. I would occasionally take Advil to alleviate the tension in my jaw, but the condition only worsened until my entire bite was completely off and clicking could not only be felt, but heard! There was no way I was going to take prescribed pain killers and it was very clear to my own medical doctor that this condition was not related to any psychological issues – not when you could actually ‘feel’ my jaw alignment was completely off – I felt as if I had been punched in the jaw and my bite was uneven – that’s the only way I can describe it. It was clearly a structural disorder which I lived with it for many years only because sometimes life gets in the way until one simply has to make the decision to find the right medical specialist and make the commitment to get ‘fixed’ – i.e., get my jaw alignment corrected!
It has now been approximately four months since I’ve been wearing the specially designed orthotic created by Dr. Cooper, along with the electronic muscle relaxation therapy his office provides and I can honestly say my pain has disappeared and my occlusion has been corrected. I am absolutely certain my condition was a medical condition, one that was only corrected by changing my occlusion, not masking the pain.
Approximately 10 years ago I was in an accident, after which my jaw started clicking; one of the first symptoms of TMD. The audible clicking was mild at first and not painful. Over the years it became noticeably louder and gradually it became associated with increasing pain. My jaw was not clicking prior to an accident, and there has been no change in my stress levels. My doctors told me that surgery was likely the only remedy. A lawyer with his jaw wired shut, regardless of duration, may sound like a dream come true for some, but as a then solo practitioner with a wife and young kids, it would have been financially devastating. Surgery was not an option.
Approximately 18 months ago the pain became unbearable. Worse, my jaw was starting to lock while I was eating any non-soft food. My dentist took a scan of my mouth and made me a bite guard. This failed to treat the underlying mechanical cause for the pain. The treatment was unsuccessful and the pain was to the point where I was considering surgery regardless of its serious risks.
In November 2018, I was referred to a dentist who exclusively treats Orofacial pain and TMD, Barry Cooper, D.D.S. The treatment involved using a TENS unit to relax the muscles to place my jaw in proper alignment followed by computer evaluated bite testing. Once satisfied my bite was properly aligned Dr. Cooper took the molds for the “oral splint.” Before I even received the splint it was evident that the TENS unit had already started having a therapeutic effect, relieving some of my jaw pain. Within a few weeks I could already tell the oral splint was working. The locking stopped during the treatment and the pain decreased significantly. It has now been 11 months since I first saw Dr. Cooper. I am pain free and have none of the TMD symptoms I had prior. Pain medication is nothing but a band-aid as the condition was not stress or psychological in nature.
From the moment I called Dr. Cooper's office I knew I had found the place that would help with my TMJ/TMD condition. The staff was so friendly and caring and told me how they really fight for the patients. Dr. Cooper is a wonderful doctor, very skilled in what he does and very dedicated to his patients. Within a couple of months of treatment I felt relief and could open my mouth more without terrible pain. The splint really helps. I would highly recommend Dr. Cooper to anyone who wants to find relief from TMJ/TMD.
It has been a while since I saw you. As you know I eventually got permanent crowns to replace the bite plate that you gave me. But I want to say how much I appreciate your scientific approach to a very difficult subject. Although I was not entirely cured, you helped me tremendously. It has taken me a while, but I just wanted to say thank you.
I have had chronic TMJ for the last two years including debilitating joint pain, facial pain and muscle stiffness. My TMJ started one night when I yawned and my jaw popped out of place. My jaw, joints and muscles became irritated and I started to experience terrible facial pain and headaches. Nothing seemed to help and the pain was always there. My regular dentist tried a night guard. My oral surgeon tried anti-inflammatories. My Internist tried physical therapy. But nothing cured my TMJ or helped for more than a day or two. It was like fighting a ghost. The pain, jaw stiffness and related headaches would always return when I stopped treatment. That was, until I saw Dr. Cooper. His compassion, understanding and knowledge about TMJ were unparalleled. He explained his treatment and literally took over five hours examining and fitting me with a customized mouth guard that was modeled after my natural bite. He complimented the mouth guard with TENS therapy, which is a gentle muscle relaxation technic that helps the jaw find its natural setting. The follow-up by Dr. Cooper has been amazing and I feel like he is really rooting for me to get better. I have been using my new mouth guard for about four weeks, and I have already started to see results. My stiffness is almost completely gone and I actually enjoy talking to people again. I have stopped taking anti-inflammatories. I have begun to do more normal activities. I have even started to yawn again. I feel like I’m on the road to recovery and my TMJ is finally – finally starting to subside. I strongly recommend Dr. Cooper to anyone experiencing TMJ – his knowledge is incredible, his treatment makes sense and his compassion is appreciated. Dr. Cooper is old school since he spends the necessary time to understand and treat his patients, unlike most doctors today.
After years of searching and countless attempts to treat my TMJ, I was fortunate enough to find Dr. Cooper. He has been treating my TMJ and many other symptoms for many years and helped to give me wonderful relief I had been seeking. I am on my second appliance and not only does it give me relief it is also VERY comfortable. In addition to being "THE MAN" to see if suffer from TMJ, Dr. Cooper is very welcoming and I always feel like he gives me all the time I need AND he tells GREAT jokes. If you are suffering from TMJ, Dr. Cooper is the ONLY & BEST DDS you could possibly see.
“I wanted to say a big THANK YOU for completely correcting my jaw-popping, clenching, neck and shoulder pain and headaches. The treatment and orthotic appliance can only be described as a miracle cure; this has been without a doubt the most successful medical procedure of any kind that I have ever experienced. You completely cured me. Your attention to detail and care for an excellent outcome is second to none. Thank you for everything!”
“I had TMJ headaches for over ten years before I came to Dr. Cooper. I spoke to at least ten different dentists and oral surgeons, all who offered conflicting ideas about how to treat TMJ. One of them made me a bite plate and it helped only slightly. By last year, the problem had gotten so bad that I was taking two ibuprofen every two hours to try and stop the headaches.
I was hesitant to work with Dr. Cooper as the thought of continuously wearing a bite plate did not appeal to me. However, I am “healed” in that I almost never get TMJ headaches any more. If I could go back, without hesitation, I would have seen Dr. Cooper ten years ago. From my experience, Dr. Cooper is a pioneer in this field. No one out there knows more about how to treat TMJ. He saved my life!”
"I had been experiencing minor pain in my neck and jaw for a while. And ignored it. Nothing serious. Than all of a sudden it seemed everything hurt. From the hair on my head to the hair on my toes. An elbow. A cheek. A shoulder. A thigh. A hip. A temple. You name it. In fact I had so many pains that if I had a new one, I wouldn't be able to feel it for week. The condition lasted for a year. And survived a dozen specialists. Until my doctor suggested TMJ. And the guy down the hall---Dr. Barry Cooper. Yes!"
Martin, 51, sought treatment for recurrent headaches, burning mouth sensation, neck pain and more. He found relief with a neuromuscular orthosis. He stopped wearing it, but after five years his symptoms began to reappear. He resumed wearing his orthosis and he's symptom-free again.
"Being treated by Dr. Cooper has changed my life. I have virtually no facial muscle spasms, earaches, ear pain caused by pressure changes, sounds in my ears or general facial pains with my appliance in place. I no longer dread going in elevators or subway tunnels. My quality of life is much improved because I don't have to live with facial pain anymore."
Lillian, 52, experienced a range of painful symptoms, from ear pain, dizziness and tinnitus, to an inability chew hard foods, difficulty swallowing and headaches. Referred to Dr. Cooper by an ENT specialist, she was treated with a neuromuscular appliance that created and maintained a healthy bite.
" I was unable to chew hard food or open my mouth wide enough to eat a sandwich. My jaw would lock into a limited range, and at times, would lock open. . . I remain grateful to you and all your computerized wizardry".
Valerie, 37, suffered from severe head, face, ear and jaw pain. While her dentist recommended the use of a soft night-guard, exercises and massage therapy, nothing had a lasting effect. Within two weeks of wearing a neuromuscular splint, she reported that all the pain and discomfort disappeared.
Mark, 57, was referred by his ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor for evaluation and treatment with complaints of ear pain, dizziness and TMJ pain of many years' duration. One week after the insertion of a neuromuscular occlusion orthosis (splint), he reported,
"I was feeling strange without my ear pain." By the third week, he jokingly said, "It's a pain not to have pain! I have nothing to complain about."
Susan was a 7-year-old girl who was suffering from severe ear pain for over a year. Her mother said it began at the time her daughter screamed when her foot got stuck while riding an escalator. She had been taken to the pediatrician and several ear specialists, all of whom found nothing wrong with her ears and were not able to relieve her ongoing pain. The traumatic experience of the accident, plus the physical strain to her jaw joints and muscles, caused the ear pain. An ENT specialist referred Susan to Dr. Cooper for TMJ / TMD treatment. Her ear pain disappeared one week after wearing a neuromuscular occlusion appliance, which she discontinued using after a few months.
Nancy, 55, had three teeth removed on the right side of her mouth and was waiting for healing before having the teeth replaced by her dentist. She was chewing only on the opposite side of her mouth to avoid using the extraction side. When Nancy developed facial and head pain, she consulted her primary care physician who referred her to an ENT specialist and a neurologist, all of whom found nothing wrong. She was then referred for treatment of TMD. After three TENS therapy visits, she was feeling fine and was soon ready for the restorative dental treatment.
Scott, 25, was referred by his physiatrist with symptoms of facial pain, general discomfort in his mouth, jaw joint pain, headaches and stiffness in his neck. He found it difficult to open his mouth fully. He commented that his back teeth didn't fit together in a stable occlusion (bite). Scott was treated initially with a neuromuscular appliance and when his symptoms resolved, his rear teeth were restored with onlays (partial-covering, tooth-colored additions) to maintain the beneficial change in his occlusion that was created with the orthosis.
Heather, 35, thought her regular headaches, stiffness in her neck and light-headedness were due to stress. Upon exam, we found that she was pushing her front teeth forward causing obvious spaces between them. She was unable to open her mouth comfortably or smile upon awakening because her facial muscles felt tight. After wearing a neuromuscular splint, her symptoms disappeared. She eventually had her teeth crowned in that same neuromuscular occlusal position, and has been symptom-free for almost twenty years.
Patti, a 34-year-old teacher, researched on the internet to find care for a TMJ / TMD problem. She had migraine-type headaches, jaw-joint cracking and grating, as well as neck pain. She had previously consulted with an ENT specialist and a neurologist, who could find no problem. The neurologist attributed the problem to TMJ / TMD and referred her to Dr. Cooper. Now, wearing a neuromuscular appliance, Patti has experienced significant relief.
Sally, a 46-year-old executive, suffered from severe pain in the right jaw near her ear, facial pain and clicking, neck pain, headaches, limited opening, an inability to chew hard food and difficulty in prolonged speech. Prior to undergoing this TMJ / TMD treatment she had several root canals, which did not eliminate her pain, and she was given "pain killers." She concluded that there were "still no answers as to the cause of the pain." After treatment with a neuromuscular appliance, and ultimately with a long-term appliance to maintain the healthy bite, she is finally pain-free.
Suffering from facial pain and clenching of his teeth, 65-year-old Danny underwent root-canal therapy on several teeth and extraction of several posterior teeth. A partial denture was fabricated to replace two missing teeth on each side. After many adjustments, he was unable to wear the partial and continued to suffer from facial and TMJ pain. With computerized testing and an orthotic, symptoms were relieved. A new partial was fabricated in the new occlusion position, and he has remained symptom free.
Steven, 35, suffered from tinnitus and almost daily headaches. Prior to coming for treatment he had visited two ENT doctors, who recommended that he learn to live with the tinnitus since there is no known cure at that time. After undergoing computerized testing and wearing a neuromuscular orthotic, his headaches and the volume of his tinnitus was significantly reduced.
Paul, a 20-year-old college student, was experiencing jaw stiffness, locking and clicking noises in the joint. After consulting with an oral surgeon, he was informed that "the situation was so bad that any sort of dental appliance would have minimal chances for success." He was advised that joint surgery should be performed, but it too could not guarantee relief. Paul continued to seek an effective, conservative treatment. Indeed, the use of a neuromuscular orthotic appliance resulted in complete relief of all of his symptoms. Following two years of splint usage, he discontinued wearing the appliance and has been symptom-free since 1989.
Steve, 40, had headaches, facial and jaw pain and muffled ears, as well as severe pains in the back of his neck and numbness in his fingers. He was treated with a neuromuscular oral appliance, which, combined with physical therapy, brought significant improvement.
Ruth, 70, wore complete dentures, which were very old with severely worn teeth. The height of her bite had become collapsed, evident in her facial appearance. She had frequent severe headaches, which she called "migraine-like." In addition, she experienced dizziness. New dentures were made for her with a neuromuscular occlusion to improve her jaw function and bite, and relieve her headaches. The headaches were resolved and her dentures gave her good chewing function, comfort and improved facial appearance.
A 50-year-old business executive, Stewart, had to travel by plane frequently. Each time he flew he experienced severe ear pain accompanied by ear muffling. It often took hours or days after a flight to clear his ears and obtain pain relief. He often had to adjust his travel plans to be certain that he would be flying on large-body, well-pressurized aircraft. After being fitted with a neuromuscular orthotic, his pain subsided significantly.