There isn’t an accepted standard of practice for splints. Here is a list of questions you should ask:
- What is the splint going to do (flat plane or repositioning), and why are you recommending this kind to me?
- Are you recommending this splint to decrease my pain, reposition my bite or both?
- What are my other options?
- What happens if my pain gets worse while wearing the splint?
- What happens if I develop an open bite (teeth no longer touch)?
- What proof do you have that this splint will help?
- Do I wear the splint during the day, night, or both?
- How long do I have to wear the splint to feel improvement?
- If the splint doesn’t help, what are the next steps?
- How many follow-up treatments will be necessary and how much each visit cost?
- Will insurance cover the cost of the splint and the follow-up treatments?
- Must I sign a financial contract with you to begin treatment? (…)