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Dr. Steven Bender

Dentistry
Plano, TX
36 years experience male

Locations

North Texas Center for Head, Face & TMJ Pain

Plano, TX

Address

5068 W Plano Pkwy Ste 100, Plano, TX
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
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About

Bio

DDS degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1986. Since 2001, I have maintained a private practice devoted to pain management of the head and face, as well as dental sleep medicine. I have earned Fellowship in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, the American Headache Society.

Specialties
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Dentistry

Pain Management

Sleep Medicine

Doctor Q&A

172 Answers
105 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Maybe: Anytime you have a headache that is worsened by exertion such as with a cough or sneeze, you should get evaluated by a headache specialist.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Different Pain: Occipital neuralgia will present as brief but very intense pulses of pain that feels electrical. It will start at the base of your skull and run to th... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
TMJ: Common symptoms for temporomandibular joint dysfunction may include; jaw stiffness, jaw joint noises, limited jaw opening, facial muscle soreness, ear... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
TMJ: Tmj stands for temporomandibular joint. This is the name of the jaw joint. Disorders of this joint and the associated muscles best managed with conser... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
If..: If this is an over the counter type mouthgauard, it may be designed only for protecting the teeth. Many studies have shown worsening of symptoms of TM... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Maybe but,: Migraine is usually an episodic event lasting 4-72 hours. It usually involves one side of the head but can be both. It will be of a moderate to severe... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Proper care: With proper care on the part of your dentist and yourself, these appliances can last a very long time. I have some patients wearing the same appliance... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Joint swelling: It sounds as though you have swelling or effusion in the jaw joint on that side. Usually anti inflammatories and ice work well to relieve the symptoms... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Gum infection: It could be that you have an undiagnosed gum infection. If you are not seeing your dentist for a cleaning and check up at least yearly, tarter can bui... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Somniloquy: Sleep talking is usually a benign disorder of arousal (parasomnia). It usually occurs during non-rem sleep but may occur during rem sleep. In some cas... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Specialty training: An oral surgeon is a dentist who recieved specialty education in surgery. The training can be anywhere from 4-7 years after completing 4 years of dent... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
No memory: Usually you have little to no memory of the procedure. It is like just being "turned off" for a short period of time.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
TMD: Jaw joint noises, limited mandibular range of motion, jaw muscle soreness and hypertrophy, bite changes, facial symetry changes, difficulty eating and... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Sleep bruxism: Sleep bruxism is a sleep related movement disorder that we seem to be born with. It is not a habit as opposed to awake bruxism. Therefore, sleep bruxi... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Varies: A tension type headache, whiich is the most common type of headache, may last several hours if you do not take medication whereas a migraine headache ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Evaluation: In some cases, insomnia is related to sleep related breathing disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea. The memory of a person is that they are not a... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
NO: A clicking in your jaw joint indicates that either the cartilage is out of place or the boney structures are altered. Neither issue indicates a dysfun... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
No: There are some of these agents that will have fewer side affects than others but they all have the potential to produce cognative deficits. In some ca... Read More
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Rtms: Im not sure what rtms is but there is data that indicates a positive response to transcranial magnetic stimulation in migraine headache if it is caugh... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
NO: According to the american academy of sleep medicine guidelines, you should be presented with all your options which includes oral appliances that keep... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Best treatment: Bruxism does not necessarily need to be treated unless there is damage to the dentition and/or facial pain. There are some medications that help such ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Bruxism: Bruxism can occur while asleep or awake. Sleep bruxism is a sleep related movement disorder similar to other movement disorders during sleep. The move... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Dentist: A dentist is the professional best trained to diagnose and treat bruxism.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Yes: There are migraine specific medications known as triptans that are very effective in most cases for stopping the headache. Other medications that can ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
They are different : Migraine is considered to be a nuerologic disorder with episodic presentation. It is thought that people with migraine have a more sensitive brain tha... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Not known: While the cause for migraine is not known yet, it appears that the brain of migraine sufferers is different than those who do not get headaches. It se... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Different headaches: Cluster headache and migraine headache are two differnt types of headache brought on by different mechanisms. Injectable sumatriptan has been shoown t... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Treatment: Most people tend to start feeling a difference in their pain within 4-6 weeks.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Keep it small: No matter what type of paste you use, use a small amount; about the size of a pea.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Diagnosi: The first thing you need is an accurate diagnosis. Try to find a doctor trained to diagnose and treat facial pain such as a neurologist or facial pain... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Bruxism: While there are some medication that reduce sleep bruxism (gabapentin, clonadine, clonazepam), there are side effects associated with them. The least ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Depends: Doctors who have completed fellowship training in sleep medicine will be the best resource. A clinical psychologist with training in sleep will be abl... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Caveat: One condraindication to not using Epinephrine would be if there were heart conditions. The Epinephrine would be somewhat protective by keeping the ane... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Retinal Migraine: The thought is that the same mechanism involved in the aura phase of migraine is reponsible fro retinal migraine. Think of it this way; the person has... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Pacifier use: Besides the social stigma that may result, use of a device such as this may have a negative effect on the dentition. With adults who have a thumb suck... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
TMJ disc: If you can open normaly, then surgery should noot be a consideration. Most patients begin to see improvement in their symptoms within 4-6 weeks after ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Yes: There is no benefit to thumb sucking.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Its time: This usually indicates that it is time for the baby tooth to come out. If you and the child are not able to pull it soon, see your dentist for help.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Metallic taste: Many times this taste is a result of gingival bleeding. If your gums are red, swollen and /or bleeding, this would explain the taste. As was mentioned... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
One for both: Research has shown that a device that positions the lower jaw forward while sleeping as is used for snoring and sleep apnea, also reduces sleep bruxis... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Red Dots: The diagnosis would depend on how long they have been there. The dots could be irritated minor salivary gllands. This can occur in smokers but not alw... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
TMJ: Common symptoms for temporomandibular joint dysfunction may include; jaw stiffness, jaw joint noises, limited jaw opening, facial muscle soreness, ear... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
MRI for TMJ: Advanced imaging of the jaw joints, including mri, is only recommended when there is a significant deformity, a significant alteration in function, fa... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Maybe: The two entities could happen together but they are not causaly linked. Sleep paralysis a disturbance of rapid eye movement sleep. During this time, t... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Conservative: In most cases rest, ice/heat, antiinflammatory medications, physical therapy and daytime behavioral therapy are quite effective. In some cases, the us... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Depends: A dentist who has had advanced training in orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders is best equiped to manage these disorders. Orthodontic train... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
TMD treatment: Most instances oof pain in the tm joints and associated muscles are self limiting and will go away on there own. Treatmments such as bite adjustments,... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Varies: Medications such as gabapentine, Clonazepam and clonadine have been shown to decrease sleep bruxism. Also in severe cases, onabotulinum toxin a has be... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Good judgement: The best treatment for a hangover is to be judicious with your beverage consumption.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
50%: Approximately 50% of CPAP wearers discontinue use in the first year. Many patiennts tolerate oral appliances much better.

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Thank you notes
Extremely knowledgeable practitioner when it comes to management of pain in face, head and jaws. Also a pioneer in dental sleep medicine.
Nov 8, 2012
Very knowledgable doctor. Great answers and a great doctor to follow!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Bender is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have had migraines since I was 9 years old. I'm on Topermax 50 mg. I Have spots in front of my eyes, pain on the side of my head etc..
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Thank you for your response! It didnt work for me and will be having surgery in about 3 1/2 weeks. Chronically locked since 8/29
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Thanks for your quick reply! Ever hear about the tmd ear system for tmj?

Awards

Fellow; American Headache Society
Fellow; American Academy of Orofacial Pain
Fellow; International Academy of Oral Oncology

Publications

Occipital Nerve Block for Cervicogenic Headache
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