Angela and her family live in Kenai peninsula, Alaska and have traveled to Kansas City to seek help from Dr Raman. She has been suffering with severe vertigo for about 8 months and more recently extreme ear pain and Migraine.
Initially Angela went to her dentist to have a filling done and left the office that day in extreme pain. It was then determined that this tooth could not be saved and would need to be removed. Angela decided to have both of her lower wisdom teeth removed at the same time along with the lower right molar.
Angela was put under with IV sedation and had all three teeth removed. She was unable to bring her teeth together for about 8 days due to the amount of swelling. Three days later she had a migraine and the severe vertigo started. Angela went to the hospital and was told that she had an anxiety attack. She then decided to see an ENT who ruled out BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). They also did an MRI, CT scan and hearing tests. All of these tests came out negative. The ENT specialist told her that her symptoms had NOTHING to do with TMJ or her teeth loss.
At this point a family friend who is also a dentist was the first one to mention that it could have something to do with her TMJ and recommended that she see a massage therapist. She also had lower back adjustments done by a chiropractor and her symptoms just got worse. Angela then made the decision to see a TMJ doctor in Anchorage who made her a lower acrylic guard to be worn at all times except when eating. The vertigo was so bad that she could barely walk out of his office.
At this point Angela felt stuck. She was unable to eat and could not even get in a car for 3 weeks. She has 2 young children ages 6 and 3 and couldn’t even drive her son to school because of the vertigo. Her anxiety level has been very high trying to deal with all of this and she did not want to spend her life this way. Her husband Jeremy then found Dr Raman on the internet. Once Angela realized that the more she moved her jaw around the worse the vertigo got, Dr Raman’s Physiologic Neuromuscular dentistry approach made a lot of sense.
Once Dr Raman determined that there is a jaw alignment issue, Angela went through a series of diagnostic testing. A detailed consultation was done with Angela and Jeremy and they made the decision to proceed with the phase I treatment option. She was then fitted with a fixed neuromuscular orthotic. Just five days after the orthotic was delivered Angela was doing really good. She said that she had one of the best days that she had in the past 8 months.
Angela said that her vertigo did not spike and she was able to drive. She was enjoying spending time with her family and is excited to keep moving forward.