Preparing for Your Initial Visit
Dr. Piontkowski and The Washington TMJ & Sleep Therapy Center in Bethesda and National Harbor, Maryland have been providing effective solutions for complex dental problems, TMJ & sleep breathing disorders for over three decades. Our innovative, comprehensive approach has helped people achieve significant, lasting pain reduction, and our conservative non-surgical treatments do not require the use of extensive pain medications. A brief overview of the treatment process is provided below. For additional questions and/or to schedule an appointment with us, please call us at (301) 839-0055 or (301) 652-3444. You may also Request An Appointment online!
Upon scheduling an appointment at The Washington TMJ & Sleep Therapy Center, our team will ask you to complete a detailed questionnaire about your health history, symptoms, past treatments, etc. You will be required to complete these secure online patient forms prior to your appointment with us. It is also recommended at this time to contact your insurance company (medical and dental) to determine your plan benefits, exclusions, pre-authorization requirements, etc.
We ask that you please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time, so that Dr. Piontkowski may see you on time and to complete you initial check-in with Our Center. During your initial visit, Dr. Piontkowski will personally meet with you one-on-one to review an extensive history of your illnesses and/or accidents, analyze any diagnostic records you have brought along with you from any other providers you have seen for this problem, including any sleep studies, x-rays, MRI’s, etc. The only way to successfully address your chief complaint is to have a good understanding of how your disorder started and has progressed.
Dr. Piontkowski will perform a thorough examination, evaluating your teeth, bite relationship, oral cavity, the airway, temporomandibular joints (TMJ), the muscles of mastication (those used to chew food), and the head, neck, and upper thorax will be checked for muscle and joint dysfunction. Dr. Piontkowski will also measure your jaw’s range of motion, as well as rule out any perforation in the discs around your mandibular joints. If further evaluation of the TMJ area is recommended, a specific x-ray can be taken in the office.
Dr. Piontkowski will thoroughly discuss his findings with you and present his treatment recommendations. If you have been referred to us by another member of your healthcare team, rest assured we will stay in contact with them regarding your diagnosis, treatment, and progress. We will also provide any additional referrals if necessary.
Once a treatment plan has been agreed upon, impressions of your bite relationship will be taken. We will also provide you with additional literature regarding your diagnosis, as well as a detailed report that will be mailed to you from Dr. Piontkowski regarding his assessment, diagnosis, and recommendations that he discussed with you at your visit.
We will then schedule your next appointment to begin your specific treatment, which has been designed uniquely for you, based on over three decades of research, development, and experience.