What’s the best way to avoid post-operative muscle pain for your patients?

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Mouth Prop

2TheApex:  Use a bite block

Whenever a patient can tolerate a bite block/mouth prop, aka “tooth pillow”, we use one.  Since using them routinely, I perceive a decrease in post-op myofascial pain complaints.  And it also makes the access easier and the treatment more smooth when the patient doesn’t need to be constantly reminded to open their mouth.  We explain to the patient that, “We plan to use a mouth pillow for your comfort.  This way you can relax your jaw and you don’t need to hold your mouth open for the entire procedure.  If you don’t like it just let us know and we can always take it out.”  We tie a piece of floss to it so it can be removed quickly if needed.