I am in Chandler, Arizona. I am looking for a dentist/doctor that deals with new innovations regarding TMD or TMJ. My joints and bite are in bad shape and the typical splint does not work and causes more problems. My jaw actually goes down on one side farther than the other when I open my mouth. I am hoping to find someone that will work with me if I try the aqua guard or possible another type. A lot of doctors/dentist don't do anything but the typical splint.
I tried the Doctors choice nightguard that is on your website. I modified it to what I think I needed. I didn't bite down on my back molars to make the mold because I my jaw threatens to lock when I do that.
Because my back teeth may touch when biting down, I couldn't bite all the way to the hard plastic. I focused on biting down with the molars in the middle and bringing my jaw forward in a comfortable position for my joint.
I cut the back part of the splint when finished.
The first night was great. I had a great night sleep and no shifting all through the night to avoid locking. The second night I woke up with an open bite on the left side but it started to close after working it a little bit.
Can you tell me of anyone in the valley of Arizona that deals with situations like mine and won't turn me away (well if this doesn't work for you, I can't help you)?