I struggled with chronic migraines, jaw and shoulder pain (as a result of grinding, clenching, and a misaligned bite) for over 40 years. I was diagnosed with TMD 30 years ago, had braces for 3 years, and invasive jaw surgery in the late ’80’s to help correct my bite. I used night guards, had biofeedback training, and other pain management remedies but they always fell short. I was told there was little that could be done, and I would have to live with it and learn to manage the pain.
Five years ago, I started breaking teeth more than usual so I decided to try again and see if I could find a dentist that understood TMD. I hoped that after 25 years, surely someone had made advances in this area of dentistry. I searched the web, found the LVI website, and found Dr. Holley.
I was skeptical, but Dr. Holley was patient and confident in reassuring me that she could and would help me. She understood the disappointment associated with failed TMD treatments and always showed me the evidence (muscle test results, etc) of what was causing the pain and of my progression throughout the treatment. My case was a very difficult case, took a lot of extra care and effort on her part, but she never wavered in her confidence about the outcome.
It took awhile for my bite to stabilize, but my pain starting getting better after the first treatment with the temporary orthotic. Eventually Dr. Holley was able to permanently fix my bite through restorations, and I am virtually pain-free.
Dr. Holley’s office and staff are warm, caring, personable, and professional. They are truly a team and I wouldn’t think of going anywhere else for my care. My life will never be the same, and I have Dr. Mandy Holley and her amazing team to thank for that.