A neuromuscular dentist is a dentist that cares for the whole patient. He’s not just a “molar mechanic” that patches up teeth and sends you on your way. As a neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Lowrance considers your whole mouth and jaw and how it relates to the rest of your body, not just your teeth (although they are obviously important).
Common Neuromuscular Dentist Questions
When you meet with Dr. Lowrance (contact his office for a consult), he will begin by asking you questions. You are guaranteed to hear several, if not all, of these questions and many more:
- Do you have headaches on a frequent basis?
- Do you suffer from jaw pain?
- Do you have neck pain?
- Do you ever have ringing and/or severe itching in your ears?
- When you open and close your jaw, does your jaw ever pop or click or feel like it is stuck?
- Do you know if you grind your teeth? Do you have flattened, worn down teeth?
- When you get a full, uninterrupted night’s sleep, do you still wake up feeling overly tired?
- Do you find yourself dozing off while driving or watching T.V.?
- Do you snore?
What do all of these questions have in common? They all relate to the balance of your temporomandibular joint, which is your jaw joint, or TMJ. The answers to these questions act as clues for a neuromuscular dentist to identify the proper treatment for his patient, whereas a dentist with only traditional training may not even know to ask these questions. Dr. Lowrance will also look for non-verbal clues such as those given by your posture. If you hold your head forward or unconsciously lean to one side, this may be a sign of a neuromuscular imbalance in your bite. Tired eyes may be a sign of sleep apnea problems
Our jaws do not function independently of the rest of our bodies, and as a neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Lowrance understands that. He views your dental care as an important part of your whole body health care. He sees a problem, and instead of just treating the symptoms, he treats the root cause of the problem. In certain situations, he may even refer you to a different type of physician such as a chiropractor or an ENT in the interest of your best overall health.
Neuromuscular dentistry is constantly evolving. When you’re looking for a neuromuscular dentist, be sure to choose a dentist that has attended an advanced neuromuscular dental training center like The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). LVI has been training dentists in neuromuscular dentistry since 2001. This wealth of experience is passed along to its students, especially LVI Fellows, like Dr. Lowrance. You need that kind of experience to ensure that you receive the high-quality dental care that you deserve.