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Out of office July 30-Aug 12; TMJ Relief brochures

I’m taking a vacation, going to New Mexico to (1) get out of Austin in the August heat, (2) serve as a teaching assistant at a Nightwalking workshop in Taos, and (3) further explore Texas’ neighboring state, including checking out Roswell, camping at Ghost Ranch, soaking at Ojo Caliente, TAing a Nightwalking workshop while camping at Taos and further exploring that beautiful area, spending a few days in Santa Fe (Meow Wolf and 10,000 Waves are on my agenda), camping at Chaco Canyon, and stopping in Truth or Consequences and Fort Davis on my way back to Austin.

I will be available for sessions on Tuesday, August 13, and Wednesday, August 14. Then I will serve as a teaching assistant for the Upledger Institute’s Craniosacral Therapy 1 class in Austin, August 15-18 so I’ll be closed Thursday and Friday of that week.

I’ll be back in the office on Tuesday, August 20, with no other absences, other than holidays, planned until December. This will be a great uninterrupted opportunity to schedule a TMJ Relief package of weekly sessions.

My new TMJ brochures, created post-TMJ Mastery training in Canada in June, are completed and ready for distribution to dentist offices. If you’d like your dentist to carry them, please let me know.

Summer plans

I will be away from my office Wednesday, June 5, through Friday, June 15 while I travel to Canada to take an advanced TMJ Mastery course, visit an old friend, and do a little traveling.

I will likely be revamping my TMJ Relief Program after that training. Look for an announcement here as well as in my summer newsletter. To subscribe, email mareynolds27@gmail.com with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line.

I’ll also be away from Tuesday, July 30, through Friday, August 9, serving as a teaching assistant for a Nightwalking class in Taos and exploring a bit more of New Mexico.

My online booking program will not let you schedule appointments when I am away from the office, so you don’t need to remember these dates.

TMJ Relief: Some medications cause jaw clenching

I have recently become aware that some widely used pharmaceutical medications cause jaw clenching and grinding as side effects.

The best known are in a class called SSRIs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, commonly prescribed for depression. I’m sure you’ve heard of Prozac (fluoxetine). Here are some other SSRIs:

  • Zoloft (sertraline)
  • Celexa (citalopram)
  • Lexapro (escitalopram)
  • Paxil and Pexeva (paroxetine and paroxetine CR)
  • Viibryd (vilazodone)
  • Luvox (fluvoxamine and fluvoxamine CR)

In addition, antipsychotics like Haldol are said to cause bruxism. Symbyax, which is Prozac plus the antipsychotic Zyprexa (fluoxetine + olanzapine), is also on the list.

In general, if you take any medications in these categories and you are clenching or grinding your teeth, talk to your doctor about alternatives: psychotropics, dopamine agonists, antihistaminergics, and psychostimulants.

Cigarette smoking, caffeine, alcohol, and recreational drugs all may increase the risk of bruxism, studies have found. 

I recently learned that there’s an alternative to pharmaceuticals for treating depression and other mental disorders. It’s called TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) and it works with your brain waves (rather than the chemical approach using particles).

I know one integrative MD in Austin who offers it, and your insurance may cover it for depression. To learn more, please connect with Oak Hill Wellness Center. They even offer a free TMS consultation.

It’s been approved by the FDA to treat depression and migraines, and it’s also being used to treat anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Asperger syndrome, TBI, ADHD, and more.

One more bit of info: I had a new TMJ Relief patient who was taking an SSRI for depression. I treated her and gave her the info above, but unlike others I’ve treated, she didn’t notice a difference at the end of the session.

However, she emailed me the next day to tell me that for the first time in a while, she woke up without severe jaw pain and headache.

So even if you are taking an SSRI and have jaw pain, one of my TMJ Relief sessions (or even better, the 5-sessions-in-4-weeks program) can help, and meanwhile you can be investigating alternatives.