ooooh, I don’t know about this one at all, Anna. I file this one under baloney - it’s yet another excuse for dentists to charge you money!
I agree with Hain on this:
“It seems very unlikely to us, however, that any substantial dizziness is caused by TMJ/TMD, and it also seems highly unlikely to us that TMD causes any organic changes in auditory processing. Rather, we think that this association is probably psychological in origin, and related to a redirection of attention.”
"With all of that background aside, the TMJ is blamed for an immense number of human ailments. One dentist, apparently trying to drum up business, sent me a circular claiming that TMJ causes:
…suspiciously long list…
- Pain behind the eyes, dizziness
- Difficulty swallowing."
“I have also been contacted by a group of dentists who were upset that I questioned the association between TMJ and a myriad of other symptoms. I asked them for data in the form of peer reviewed publications. These were not provided, but this probably reflects the lack of diligence of these dentists rather than a lack of data, as Pubmed has large numbers of papers, largely written by dentists, concerning the association between TMD(TMJ) and many ear complaints.”
Seriously, vestibular medicine is just a mess of conflicting & overlapping diagnoses and medicine is full of people trying to relieve you of your money!
PS I’ve had TMJ, which is thankfully improving significantly due to following purely conservative guidelines. It came on well into my vestibular condition - perhaps I should blame my TMJ on my dizziness?! (Well, indirectly I can. I know what caused it: the psychotherapist’s muscle clenching exercises that were supposed to relax me ended up causing a massive muscle spasm in my jaw!!!) My dentist sold me a mouth guard for the equivalent of $400 and this simply made things WORSE. DENTISTRY IS A RACKET! and you should imho never go to a dentist for treatment of dizziness!