At Pasadena Orofacial Pain Associates, we receive a number of questions that are frequently asked by people both familiar and unfamiliar with what our practice has to offer. In response to this, we present our FAQ section.
What is orofacial pain, is that like TMJ?
Orofacial pain management involves the TMJ and much more. Basically any type of pain involving the mouth, head, or neck region is considered orofacial pain. Dr. Cebula is properly trained to manage temporomandibular joint disorder, headache, chronic dental pain, musculoskeletal pain, and neuropathic pain such as trigeminal neuralgia and post-herpetic neuralgia. Additionally, the practice of orofacial pain includes the management of obstructive sleep apnea through the use of an oral sleep appliance.
Do you accept my insurance?
One of the first things we will do when you contact our office is ask for your medical insurance information. We do this to know what your insurance coverage will be before Dr. Cebula performs any necessary treatment. We will collect the fee for services rendered at each appointment based on our fee schedule and your estimated insurance coverage. As a courtesy, we will bill your medical insurance for you through a secondary billing company which specializes in TMD and dental sleep medicine.
Do I need a night guard?
If you are suffering from myalgia (muscle pain) or arthralgia (joint pain), or have fractured any teeth without an obvious cause, then a hard acrylic occlusal guard for night time wear may help you with your symptoms. At the least, a night guard will help to protect your teeth and TMJs from excessive biting forces while you sleep. Many will experience an improvement in their pain even though the appliance will only affect bruxism for a short period after delivery. Dr. Cebula will determine the need for an occlusal guard based on your symptoms and exam findings. For patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a mandibular advancement device would be appropriate for CPAP-intolerant patients because an occlusal guard alone may make the apnea worse. If you are unsure if you have sleep apnea, Dr. Cebula is trained to identify the signs and symptoms of OSA and will refer you a sleep-disorders specialist for diagnosis.