Prior to meeting Dr. Muench, I was somewhat aware of potential dental health issues, namely some cracked teeth and a misaligned bite. When I raised my concerns to my previous dentist in New York, he completely minimized them and provided no treatment options, saying there was nothing with which to be concerned.
Dr. Muench performed a thorough analysis for me and identified several root causes, which were much more complicated than I ever originally anticipated. I then realized the constant jaw pain and headaches I had been experiencing were a direct result of my dental health issues. Dr. Muench presented all of his findings in a detailed easy to understand analysis. He included a step-by-step corrective action plan over both the short and long term His plan included basic repair work, more complicated repair work and the use of a night guard.
Throughout the lengthy implementation of his plan, I have been extremely satisfied with the quality of care received and with the results. Dr. Muench and his office staff consistently provide the highest level of care and are very responsive. As a result, I have a more operational mouth, much less jaw pain, and no headaches. I am willing to discuss this with anyone who would like more details.
After more than forty years of going to the “wrong” dentist I had resigned myself that going to the dentist just involved excruciating pain and anxiety. Indeed, I had come very close to becoming a “dental phobic”. I was unable to sleep the night before appointments and always took the earliest appointment in the day so that I could change clothes before going to work. I would sweat through my shirt in the dentist’s office.
My crisis came when my dentist left the practice of dentistry and I broke a tooth. I was afraid to go to a new dentist but also aware of the consequences of not seeing a dentist at all.
On a referral, I wound up in Kevin’s office. I will never forget my first appointment when he asked if I would like to just sit in the chair and I replied “No, once you have me in this thing we’d better go to work.” I had a large amount of restorative dental work to be done and it was a totally enlightening experience for me. Gone was the pain I was always plagued by and little by little the anxiety also diminished. From Judy the office manager to Sally the hygienist and to Kevin, I was made to feel comfortable and at home with not only dental work being done but going to the dentist.
Kevin Muench, represents part of the “new age of dentistry”: dentistry on the cutting edge of technology coupled with a unique empathy for all of the clients. Kevin has broken this adult of his fear of going to the dentist, which was built over decades. I am actually leaving for an appointment in an hour and looking forward to the visit. Kevin has brought me a long way in many aspects.
Dr. Muench had told me my bite was “off.” Well, I knew I never quite knew just where to rest my teeth when asked to “close gently.” What a stressor! Should I slide this way? or that? My bite had no “home base.” He tested my jaw muscles: SORE! He fitted me with an appliance—known affectionately as my “chewy”—an apt name as I’d wake to find my teeth had it in a death grip just in case it had any plans of trying to escape in the night.
Dr. Muench talked to me about braces (not in this lifetime—having worn them for 6 years as a kid. He told me the jaw could be broken and realigned—again, not happening). He offered to equilibrate my teeth, grind them down a little here, a bit there, to smooth out the bite. Sounded scary to me: what if it hurt? What if I didn’t like it and now my teeth are ruined! Months rolled by. There was dental work to be done but I didn’t want crowns that “wouldn’t be right” once the teeth were aligned properly—if that were possible. But I couldn’t bring myself to believe they’d ever “fit right” without stakes that would simply be too high—the self-consciousness of braces, possible pain and new-and-improved discomfort. Besides I was used to things as they were.
Dr. Muench offered to let me watch him equilibrate the models of my teeth so I could understand what was involved. Together we could see the process unfold. He was extraordinarily caring, compassionate and helpful. I meant to take him up on it. More months (let face it, years) rolled by. Then something chipped and I came in to have it smoothed out. I realized as good as I was at maintaining my teeth they were not going to be able to withstand the strain forever.
I made an appointment to watch Dr. Muench equilibrate the models. Slowly and methodically I watched him work showing me exactly what we’d be doing to my teeth. I could see the bite on the model go from out of balance into balance. I could literally feel my jaw relax as I watched. I was convinced. I made the appointment. It involved 2 Vi hours, some cotton, a little expert vacuuming from Barbara. The sound of a light ‘”buzzing” drilling on different parts of the surfaces of my teeth interspersed with sliding left to right on red carbon paper and “tap, tap, tap” on blue. Little by little my teeth came into alignment and my jaw which had been trying so hard to “help them,” slowly and steadily let go. “Bite down.” Sure. Easy. My teeth had found home.
I got up out of that chair in tears of sheer joy, gratitude and relief and threw my arms around Dr. Muench. My teeth were “at rest.” Every day I am aware of the absence of tension and haven’t woken up with my teeth clenched since. It feels nothing short of a miracle. Like Joni Mitchell, I didn’t know “what I’d got ’til it was gone.” But Dr. Muench knew. He knew what was possible and he knew I was afraid and he patiently stuck it out with me until I could take the step that would set me free. I’m humbled by the level of professionalism and care I have received. Kevin, Sally, Barbara and Judy: my life has been changed because of YOU. I am eternally grateful.
God bless you all.
I am willing to share my specific experience with anybody interested to find out the details. The key words are: Gums, Implants, Bite Correction, Night Guard, and Great Looking Teeth- “ No Fear of Smiling Anymore”.