TMJ/Sleep Dentist Has New Tools on His Website to Promote TMJ and Sleep Apnea Awareness

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Dr. Richard Klein of Michigan Head & Neck Institute now has a TMJ Symptom Checklist and a Sleep Disorder Test on his website to help people determine if they should talk to their doctor about TMJ and/or sleep apnea.

Dr. Richard Klein

Dr. Richard Klein

Since TMJ can be progressive, diagnosing the condition early is key because it can typically be controlled non-surgically and treatment can begin quickly after diagnosis.

It is well known within the sleep medicine community that over 50% of people with sleep apnea are undiagnosed. Another medical issue includes the high number of people with TMJ problems that go through multiple doctors before finding relief since TMJ symptoms mock so many other ailments, hence why it is called "The Great Impostor". To combat the lack of public knowledge about their own possible conditions, Dr. Richard Klein of Michigan Head & Neck Institute has come up with a way to help educate the public. Now available on his website are two forms that will provide the reader with documentation to take to their doctor to discuss possible TMJ or sleep problems. The first form is an interactive TMJ Symptom Checklist and will tell the user the likelihood of having a TMJ problem. The second form is a two-part interactive Sleep Disorder Test that has a symptom checker as well as the utilization of the well-known Epworth Sleepiness Scale which shows the probability of having a sleep disorder, based on the reader's answers. Both tests allow the user to print their results directly and will automatically email them a copy of their results as well.

At Michigan Head & Neck Institute, Dr. Klein exclusively treats TMJ and sleep apnea, so he sees first-hand how important it is to educate people about the likelihood of having both conditions so they can seek treatment as soon as possible. According to Dr. Klein, "University research shows sleep apnea kills, and although it could take decades it is still important to find out as soon as possible as most people can go decades without even knowing they have the condition". When discussing TMJ diagnosing Dr. Klein said, "Since TMJ can be progressive, diagnosing the condition early is key because it can typically be controlled non-surgically and treatment can begin quickly after diagnosis".

For more information, visit Michigan Head & Neck Institute's website at http://www.michiganheadandneck.com where both tests are linked under "Patient Center" on their homepage.

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