- The cost-effectiveness of TheraBite® as treatment for acute myogenic temporomandibular disorder
- Volume | Issue number
- 35 | 5
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
Faculty of Dentistry (ACTA)
- Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC)
Objective: Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a very common and costly pain problem concerning the temporomandibular joint. A previous study has shown that for the treatment of acute myogenic TMD, TheraBite® (TB) offers a faster and greater effect than usual care consisting of physical therapy (PT). This study estimates the cost-effectiveness of TB compared to PT.
Methods: Differences in costs and quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) between TB and PT are analyzed using a decision model.
Results: The point estimate for the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio is −28,068 EUR (−30,191 USD) per QALY (dominant) for TB versus PT. At the willingness-to-pay ratio of 20,000 EUR (21,513 USD) per QALY, TB has a 97% probability of being cost-effective compared to PT.
Conclusion: TB is expected to be cost-effective compared to PT for the treatment of acute myogenic TMD, offering faster recovery of quality of life for patients, at a lower cost to society.
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