Do you suffer from TMD (jaw joint pain)? Do you cringe at the thought of the jaw pain you have to suffer during and after a dental appointment? A new device is on the market that claims to help those with jaw joint discomfort be more comfortable when visiting the dentist.
Restful Jaw was invented by Dr. Eric Schiffman, D.D.S., M.S., director of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry’s TMD and Orofacial Pain Clinic. Dr. Schiffman is an international expert in the field of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and has been on numerous clinical research projects including “TMJ Intra-Articular Disorders: Impact on Pain, Functioning and Disability.” The testing of Restful Jaw was a process that took him years to perfect.
The Restful Jaw website states: “is a clinically proven device that can:
• Comfortably support your jaw during any dental procedure.
• Minimize jaw pain and soreness during and after dental treatments.
• Prevent jaw locking and overextension.
• Reduce treatment breaks and overall treatment time.
• Decrease the need of post-treatment painkillers and follow-up appointments.”
Does the Restful Jaw sound like the device for you? The unfortunate truth is that not many dentists know about Restful Jaw since it is a fairly new device on the market; only preorders are being taken presently. If you feel it is something that might enhance the dental office you frequent, the Restful Jaw website offers information for your dentist and also an opportunity for a prewritten email to be sent to the office.
I have yet to use, as a practitioner or as a patient, this device so no personal endorsement of the product can be made. As a patient who takes pain relieving medication before dental appointments because of joint soreness I am excited to see how well this product will reduce post treatment pain that so many of us endure. I do have high hopes for Restful Jaw.