Here’s the experience of two patients at Boyne Dental who were treated by Niall, primarily using a Michigan Stabilisation Splint:
Mrs F: “For years every morning I awoke with a headache and pain in my jaw, I put it down to maybe sleeping in a stuffy room or not being hydrated enough. That was until I went to Niall and he suggested that the pain may be down to me grinding my teeth at night. He told me that a night guard called a Michigan Splint might help so I agreed to try it out. Well the results were amazing, I use the guard every night and I no longer wake in pain. Who would have known that a simple thing like this could take away the pain that I have suffered for years. Thank you Niall!”
Laura unfortunately had to suffer for years before Boyne diagnosed the correct source of her pain:
“I’ve been suffering with jaw pain and discomfort for almost 3 years. The pain was like a stabbing sensation going off like a jack hammer that could last for a couple of seconds up to a couple of hours. I couldn’t eat certain foods as it wasn’t worth the pain that would come after it.
Initially I was told it was an ear infection and was then with three doctors but none of them could figure out why the pain was there. I was then referred me to the Eye and Ear Hospital in Dublin but after three visits I was no further on. They then referred me to the Beaumont to see a specialist who decided to an MRI and biopsy as he had found adenoidal tissue. Finally I thought I was getting somewhere. They were concerned I had Hodgkin’s lymphoma but thankfully it was benign.
I was then back to square one and still in severe pain every day. It was so on and off I thought it was gone until a few weeks later it was back and just as painful. I had gotten so used to the pain. Then one evening I was in pain and rang the doctor on-call who thought it was to do with my wisdom teeth which might have to be removed so I rang Boyne Dental to make an appointment.
I was hopeful that it would be sorted but at the same time apprehensive as it had been going on for so long.
I had an appointment with Niall Neeson. I was thankful to know it wasn’t my wisdom teeth. After a quick chat with Niall about the pain I was having and the symptoms he suggested I had Temporo-mandibular Joint Disorder / TMD. I was grinding my teeth in my sleep which had sort of messed with the mechanics of my teeth, causing the pain in my jaw. I was so delighted that finally someone had a logical explanation and was made to feel completely at ease during the whole consultation. Niall suggested I get a Michigan Splint fitted to wear at night time to help balance the movements of my teeth and to stop the pain. Within a month I had the retainer and within two weeks the pain was as good as gone.
After almost three years I was so happy to have something to help me and I haven’t looked back. The care at Boyne Dental is second to none and everything is explained 100% so you know exactly what’s going on. I will probably have to wear the retainer forever but it’s definitely worth every cent!”