So I was careless with my pacifier this morning and left it on my bed. Needless to say, my mom quickly spotted it and was "What is this?!" and "Did I not love you enough?" So instead of telling her about me being AB, I told her the partial truth.
I explained that I use it to manage my Bruxism/TMJ and that it works very well (very true). She then asked how I found out about adult pacifiers, so I gave her the vague truth of "the Internet." It didn't help matters that I have my NUK 5 modified to a MAM shield, so I came up with the excuse that the original shield and ring looked too medical.
Luckily my mom was able to sympathize since she has struggled with Bruxism a few times before and had to spend hundreds of dollars on a custom night guard. Her only concern at this point is that the pacifier could shift my teeth. I explained that wouldn't be likely since it's made for adults, the adult mouth is fully formed, unlike that of a small child, and I alternate between the pacifier and cheap night guard.
The drawback to this conversation is that my mom wants me to tell my dentist what I've been doing next time I see him to make sure this really is a safe way to treat TMJ/Bruxism.
I don't know when I'll see my dentist again, but i'm super nervous to bring this up. It doesn't seem like doctors like the idea of "self medicating."
Any advice would be appreciated.