At Raman Center for TMJ & Sleep, where we embrace a neuromuscular dental practice devoted to alleviating pain and improving sleep quality. At the helm is Dr. Prabu Raman, a distinguished dentist with extensive experience since 1983.

Our philosophy at Raman Center revolves around a holistic approach, emphasizing the interconnectedness of the head, shoulders, neck, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ). We understand that dental health is not just about teeth; it’s about how different parts of your body work together and affect each other. This comprehensive view helps us diagnose and treat TMJ disorders more effectively, ensuring that we address the root causes, not just the symptoms.

Initial Consultation Expectations

We understand that your first visit is vital in your journey toward better dental health and overall well-being. Our dedicated team is committed to making this experience as informative and comfortable as possible. Now, let’s walk through what you can expect during your initial visit.

Your First Visit: What to Expect

When you visit us for the first time for a “TMD Evaluation,” our primary goal is to determine if we are the right fit for your needs. Dr. Raman will assess whether you have a TMJ problem and if it’s the probable cause of your symptoms. This thorough evaluation is critical to our personalized approach to care.

Comprehensive Clinical Examination

Your initial consultation will include various assessments to understand your condition better. These may include a Doppler examination of the TM joints, muscle and joint palpations, upper cervical range of motion, jaw range of motion, diagnostic photographs, posture and gait analysis, and a balance test.

Duration and Details of the Visit

Expect to spend around 90 minutes with us during your first visit. This time allows Dr. Raman to give you a detailed report of his findings, discuss all treatment options, and explain their consequences. It’s a thorough process designed to ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about your health.

Preparing for Your First Visit

To make the most of your initial consultation, we recommend coming prepared with any questions or concerns you might have. Feel free to bring any relevant medical records or previous dental treatment details. Our team is here to support you and provide answers to help you understand your treatment journey.

Customized Treatment Philosophy

adult woman smiling with teethOur Kansas City dentist strongly believes in providing personalized treatment plans. Our approach is not one-size-fits-all; we focus on crafting solutions catering to each patient’s unique needs. Whether it’s a TMJ disorder or related conditions, we ensure that our plan addresses your specific symptoms and causes.

We prioritize non-surgical, therapeutic methods in treating TMJ and sleep disorders. Our philosophy centers around the belief that surgery should be a last resort. We focus on non-invasive treatments that provide relief and work towards a long-term solution for your dental and craniofacial health. With his vast experience, Dr. Raman has seen significant success in treating patients through therapeutic methods focusing on realigning and restoring function without surgical intervention. Our commitment is to offer you safe, effective, and comfortable treatment options, ensuring your journey towards dental health is as smooth and risk-free as possible.

Symptom Explanation and Relation

Understanding your symptoms and how they relate to TMJ disorders is essential, which is why we educate our patients on the interconnectedness of various non-obvious symptoms with TMJ issues:

  • Ear Pressure: Often linked with TMJ disorders, ear pressure can indicate issues with jaw alignment.
  • Dizziness and Vertigo: These symptoms can result from TMJ-related nerve or muscular issues.
  • Swallowing Difficulties: A misaligned jaw can impact swallowing, indicating a broader TMJ issue.
  • Headaches and Neck Pain: Frequently associated with TMJ disorders due to tension in the jaw affecting surrounding muscles.

We aim to treat these symptoms (and more!) and understand and address their root cause concerning TMJ. This approach ensures a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Beyond the First Visit

After your initial consultation at Raman Center for TMJ & Sleep, the journey towards improved dental health continues. We’re dedicated to providing a thorough understanding of your condition and the best possible treatment options.

Comprehensive Diagnostic Tests

In subsequent visits, we conduct detailed diagnostic tests. These are crucial for a deep understanding of your condition:

  • Home Sleep Test: Evaluates sleep patterns and quality.
  • CT Scans: Analyze jaw and neck positioning in different jaw states.
  • K7 Jaw Computer Scans: Assesses jaw movement and muscle activity.

These tests help create a comprehensive view of your condition, guiding us in tailoring your most effective treatment plan.

Accommodations for Out-of-Town Patients

We at Raman Center for TMJ & Sleep understand the challenges faced by our patients traveling from afar. To accommodate our out-of-town guests, we offer an option to combine consultations and diagnostic tests into a single, comprehensive visit. This approach saves you time and minimizes the need for multiple trips. We strive to make your experience with us as convenient and stress-free as possible, ensuring that distance does not hinder receiving our care.

Begin Your Journey to Optimal Dental Health: Schedule Your Visit Today

As you embark on your journey to better dental health with Raman Center for TMJ & Sleep in Kansas City, MO, know that you are in caring and capable hands. Our holistic approach, personalized treatment plans, and dedication to non-surgical methods set us apart. We invite you to schedule your initial consultation and experience the difference in our care. For more information or to book an appointment, please contact us at (816) 436-4422 or complete our online contact form.

We look forward to welcoming you and helping you achieve optimal dental health and wellness.