Dr. Steven Bender

Dentistry
Plano, TX
37 years experience male

Locations

North Texas Center for Head, Face & TMJ Pain

Plano, TX

Address

5068 W Plano Pkwy Ste 100, Plano, TX
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 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
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 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
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
TMJ necrosis: It is not uncommon to see boney changes in the tmjs, even in people with no pain or dysfunction. Im not clear on whay is meant by necrosis, but if the... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Migraine duration: By definition, an untreated migraine will last between 4-72 hours.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
TMJ doctors: There are dentists with advanced training in temporomandibular disorders. Some have been trained in university based fellowship or residency programs.... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Muscle relaxers: With most muscle relaxers, we are not able to tolerate a high enough dose to actually relax the muscle. The medication usually causes more of an antia... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Migraine: Migraine is now considered a neurologic disoorder with episodic presentation similar to epilepsy. The brain of migraineurs seems to be different than ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Possibly: There is emerging evidence that suggest certain diets can help reduce pain and headaches. For instance, a proper balance of omega-3 and omega-6 seems ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Tattoos: They fade and wrinkle over time ;-).
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Some bad, some not: Serious advrse reactions may include; arythmia, hypotension, brochospasm, allergic reaction, and dehydration. Common reactions include; excessive swe... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Increased risk: Apnea patients have a 2x increased risk for stroke and 65-80% of stroke patients have sleep apnea.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Facial tingling: Yes, in some cases, people will experience tingling in the face wiith migraine headaches. Also, pain can be felt in other areas of the face and neck d... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Popping jaw: Most studies indicate that procedures to place the TMJ disc back in a more natural position, relapse after approximately one year. A popping jaw joint... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Nerve blocks: In a study by afridi, et al., it was shown that greater occipital nerve blocks provided a partial response in 17 of 54 patients with migraine and a co... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
NO: If your teeth are clenched together, you are incresing muscle activity.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
MRIs of the TMJ: Mris of the tmjs are not rountinely needed unless there is a significant functional disturbance, suspected pathology or progressive structural abnorma... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
TMJ: It is possible that the bite adjustment irritated the tmjs which will often feel like ear pain.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Depends: It will depend on where it was broken and what materials the denture is made of. Just talk to your dentist about this.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Maybe: The usual protocol for a root canal is to have the tooth isolated with a dental dam to reduce the risk of bacterial infestation. However, there are ca... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Forehead: The most common area of pain with cervicogenic headache is around or behind the eyes. Also, patients will frequently report forehead pain as well as p... Read More
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A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Varicous veins: We can develop varacosities even in our mouths, especialy under the tongue. If you are having any pain in your mouth, you shoulld consult with your de... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
See a dentist: The best and safest way to clean your teeth is by visiting a professional (dentist/hygienist).
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
IF...: If you develope an infection that affects the parotid gland or surrounding area, you may develope a facial palsy.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Probably no big deal: If it was a small amount, i don't think you need to worry.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Dental treatment: If there is a dental shcool in your area, this would be a good option to get some really fine dentistry done at a lower cost.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
You need a dentist: Try to find a community clinic or dental school near you so that you can be seen by a dentist. It's vital to know what is causing the pain in order fo... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Rarely: It is rare that one requires surgery for problems with the tmjs. I agree that a consultation with a competent oral surgeon who has experience operatin... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Trigeminal nerve: Because headaches involve the trigeminal nerve, other structures associated with nerve may also become painful when you have a headache. The trigemina... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Maybe: Orthodontics have not been shown in research studies to either cause or cure tmd's. Tmj problems are rarelly if ever a result of how the teeth fit tog... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
TMD treatment: Look for a dentist who is a member of the american academy of oorofacial pain. Most of the members who have attained fellowship status are well traine... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Eustacian tube: The nerve that controls our jaw muscles also controls one of the muscles associated with the eustacian tube. In some people with tmd, they will experi... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Gingival bleeding: This may be indicative of gum problems or gingivitis. I recommend a dental examination.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Teeth grinding: There are some medications that have been shown to be effective at reducing teeth grinding during sleep. Also, if a person has a sleep related breathi... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Good question: There are many reasons that people get headaches but the science is not clear exactly why yet. It thought that migraine is an inherited disorder so ma... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Soon: Depending on the difficulty of the extraction and the type oof work you do, one could probably return to work the following day if the work is not ver... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Sleep Bruxism: Many factors can be responsible for headaches and facial pain. You should talk with a dentist who has been trained in these disorders to get an approp... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Splints: Approximately 60% of the population will exhibit bruxism type activity during sleep wiith only 44% actually having tooth contact. Most people do not n... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Dentist: Problems on the inside of the mouth are usually best handled by dentists, especialy dentist trained in oral medicine.
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A member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Prevent migraines: There are many things one can do to help decrease their headaches. Good sleep, good nutrition, stress management, and exercise are a few. Also, avoidi... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Diagnosis: In order to effectively treat disorders of the tmjs, one must first discern if the problem is arthrogenous (boney), myogenous (muscular) or a combinat... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Yes: Nitrous oxide can be initiated at any time during a procedure. Its effects start rapidly and it also leaves your system very rapidly once the gas is s... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Depends: If the headache goes away on it's own after you have been awake for awhile, it could be related to a sleep related breathing disorder such as apnea. I... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Apnea: There are three ways in which to keep the airway open during sleep; positive pressure (cpap), oral appliances, and tracheotomy. CPAP is the most effec... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Lip sore: If the sore has not been there very long (less than 2 week) you can try rinsing with warm salt water throughout the day. Just be sure to spit out afte... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
How long?: The question is; hoow long has it been there? It could be from trauma such a biting the lip. Most lesions will resolve in 2 weeks time. If it persist,... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Depends: Treatment would depend on whether or not your jaw is locked open or closed. Also, treatment would depend on whether or not the locking is due to muscu... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
They may: If the habit persist as the permanant teeth are developing (erupting), they may become "bucked".
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Apnea treatments: Treatment choices include; weight loss, change in sleep position, surgery, positive pressure(cpap) and oral appliances.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 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
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Apnea: There are two types of apnea; central in whiich the brain tells the body it does not need to breath and obstructive in which the upper airway collapse... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 37 years experience
Possibly: There are different standards of educatuion of dentists in different countries. Also, materials used may be different as well as regulations that dent... Read More
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Testimonials
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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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