Neuromuscular Dentistry: Migraine,Chronic Daily Headache and TMJ Treatment. Find A Neuromuscular Dentist at ICCMO,The International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics

This article is being reprinted form a press release:                    CHICAGO, IL, April 10, 2015       /24-7PressRelease/ –

ICCMO, The International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics is the premier group representing Neuromuscular Dentistry since founded by Barney Jankelson, The father of Neuromuscular Dentistry.

CONTACT DR IRA L SHAPIRA IN CHICAGO AREA FOR INFORMATION ABOUT NEUROMUSCULAR DENTISTRY

“The American section of ICCMO has created a new website to help patients find Neuromuscular Dentists and to learn about treatment of headaches, migraines and TMJ disorders utilizing neuromuscular concepts to achieve a physiologically healthy bite

 The International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics is a society of health care professionals who are devoted to the study of the anatomy and physiology of the stomatognathic system with special emphasis on Neuromuscular occlusion, jaw function and orthopedics dysfunction (TMJ-D) with effects across the entire body. Primary functions include chewing, eating, smiling, communication and maintenance of a health airway during the day and during sleep.

ICCMO has recently created an exciting new website to help patients Find A Neuromuscular Dentist. http://occlusiontmjauthority.com

The Neuromuscular Treatment has been shown to be very effective in treating patients with a wide variety of problems including TMJ disorders, Jaw Pain, Sinus Pain, Neck Pain, Migraines, Chronic Daily Headaches, Otalgia (ear pain) and many other types of pain and postural dysfunction. To find a Neuromuscular Dentist visit http://occlusiontmjauthority.com hit the TMJ Patients tab and read each section including:

TMJ 101

How to Mange Your TMJ

Signs of TMJ

Symptoms of TMJ

Causes of TMJ

Treatment of TMJTMJ Testimonials..In Chicago http://thinkbetterlife.com/patient-testimonials/

Then go to the Find a Neuromuscular Dentist and type in your state to find Neuromuscular Dentists in your area.

An excellent description of Neuromuscular Dentistry that was written by this author and published in the ICCMO Anthology can be found at: 

http://www.sleepandhealth.com/neuromuscular-dentistry

The primary objectives of the ICCMO members from the website http://occlusiontmjauthority.com are;

“ICCMO members pledge to apply the highest level of integrity and objectivity in the care of their patients, and the organization pledges itself to the following:

To understand the physiology of jaw function

To alleviate the widespread human suffering of those persons afflicted with head and neck pain and dysfunction (TMJ-D)

To encourage study of the anatomy, physiology, biophysics and pathology of the human neuromuscular system

To develop research and educational programs that will identify and define the principles of neuromuscular dentistry

To teach interested professionals how the principles of neuromuscular dentistry are applicable to the treatment of malocclusion, dental restoration, and the various pathological conditions of headache, sleep apnea, temporomandibular dysfunction, and head and neck postural dysfunction

To encourage research and development of equipment that allows objective measurement and recording of normal function and existing pathological neuromuscular conditions of the bones, muscles, nerves, joints and ligaments of the head and neck

To sponsor educational scientific meetings that provide instruction in the application of these various neuromuscular principles to the practice of dentistry

To encourage our members in this field of scientific endeavor for the ultimate benefit of the people of the world

To promote publications of neuromuscular studies in dentistry

To actively endeavor to maintain “Freedom of Practice” for all of the College’s members enabling them to practice in accordance with their professional expertise, license and the needs and desires of each patient and to protect their right to “Freedom of Practice”

Exchange of ideas, practices and research”

Dr. Bernard Jankelson is the undisputed Father of the field of Neuromuscular Dentistry and the Dental Occlusion Concepts. He also founded ICCMO in 1979 with an international group of clinicians and dental educators. ICCMO was created as a not for profit organization to provide an open forum for the free exchange of ideas, practices, and research in the field of neuromuscular dentistry. The members have always strived for a professional, noncompetitive and friendly atmosphere.

I want to disclose that as author I am both a member, Secretary and Fellow of ICCMO and had the pleasure to train with Dr J and I was sponsored by him to become a member of ICCMO. I currently treat patients in Gurnee and Highland Park, Illinois and I am the representative of ICCMO to the TMD Alliance and the current Chair of the TMD Alliance. My Highland Park office website is www.ThinkBetterLife.com

ICCMO currently has active Sections in the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, Russia and South America. ICCMO has played a key role throughout these years in gaining recognition and acceptance of neuromuscular dentistry (NMD) and the computerized measurement devices used in clinical practice in the US and abroad. In addition, the ICCMO is a member of the American Alliance of TMD Organizations.

Patients who are looking for treatment of TMJ disorders, TMD, Chronic Daily Headches and Migraines are well advised to seek out a Dentist actively involved with the International College. The next ICCMO meeting is in Kyoto, Japan on April 18 and 19 2015. This author was scheduled to speak but had to cancel my trip due to family and business matters but I did have the pleasure of attending the meeting 18 months ago in Germany and deliver a lecture in the meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. More information about the meeting is available at: http://occlusiontmjauthority.com/shop/non-iccmo-members-18th-internat … oto-japan/

The ICCMO.org website states “ICCMO members have proven the validity of neuromuscular dental principles and practices through programs at universities, dental organizations and governmental bodies, together with scientific publications in peer reviewed medical and dental journals.

North American ICCMO members on behalf of the College have made presentations before the ADA, USFDA and NIDCR (NIH).

Similar activities have transpired in Europe, Japan and South America. Textbooks on TMD have been authored by ICCMO members and published in the US, Japan, and Italy.”

Dr Ira L Shapira is an author and section editor of Sleep and Health Journal. Sleep and Health is a unique monthly periodical dedicated to public education about healthy sleep as a foundation for general health. GOOD HEALTH means Good SLEEP and High ALERTNESS

Sleep and Health represents a Forum of opinions, giving voice to public concerns as well as health professionals about problems in the Health Care. Over the years Sleep and Health has not shunned or avoided controversy and has been engaged in sharp public debates on important health issues. Reader’s feedback was and is always important to us.

As a founding member of The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (formerly the Sleep Disorder Dental Society) Dr Shapira was among the first dentists to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and was also a founding and charter member of DOSA, The Dental Organization for Sleep Apnea. He is currently involved in the Dental Sleep Masters program that is promoting universal sleep screening.

Dr Shapira did research utilizing neuromuscular dentistry on the similarities in jaw position in sleep apnea and TMJ patients in the 1980’s as a visiting assistant professor at Rush Medical School where he worked with Rosalind Cartwright PhD who is primarily responsible for the entire field of Dental Sleep Medicine. He also studied with Dr Barney Jankelson who created the initial concepts that neuromuscular dentistry still uses today and created a company Myotronics that is the leading manufacturer of instrumentation used by Neuromuscular Dentistry. 

His research showed that TMJ and Sleep Apnea patients had very similar jaw postures.

Dr Shapira has maintained a general dental practice with a special emphasis on sleep and pain in Gurnee, Il and has recently started Chicagoland Dental Sleep Medicine Associates in Highland Park. More information on Sleep, TMJ and Headache Treatment can be found on his websites.

http://www.delanydentalcare.com (Gurnee Office)

http://www.thinkbetterlife.com (Highland Park office)

http://www.ihateheadaches.org 

http://www.chicagoland.ihatecpap.com.

http://www.Sleepandhealth.com

Dr Ira L Shapira is an author and section editor of Sleep and Health Journal, President of I HATE CPAP LLC, President Dato-TECH, President of Sleep Well Illinois, Dr Shapira also holds several patents on methods and devices for the prophylactic minimally invasive early removal of wisdom teeth and collection of bone marrow and stem cells. He is currently working with Dr Tom Diekwisch at the University of Illinois and Baylor University to prove these stem cells can change peoples lives for the better. Dr Shapira is a licensed general dentist in Illinois and Wisconsin.

#neuromuscularDentistry, #findaneuromusculardentist

HIGHLAND PARK, IL: TMJ and Sleep Apnea Expert Lectures In Argentina

TMJ Disorders and Sleep apnea have common developmental pathways. These disorders are also associated with headaches, migraines, ADD, ADHD, Behavioral Disorders as well as postural problems. HIGHLAND PARK  dentist Dr Ira L Shapira was a featured speaker at the Second International International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr Shapira is president of Delany Dental Care in Gurnee and is opening a new office in Highland Park, Il in May 2014.  Diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders,  Snoring and Sleep Apnea, Treatment of headaches, earaches, tension headaches, migraines and associated disorder will be the primary focus of this office.   There is currently no specialty in TMJ Disorders but Dr Shapira has been treating these disorders for 37 years and is considered an expert by many of his peers.  The website www.thinkbetterlife.com is still under construction but is specifically oriented for patients looking for solutions now.

It is well known that treatment of Headaches and Migraines almost always involves the Trigeminal Nerves and the oral and dental apparatus. TMJ disorders are called The Great Imposter (http://www.sleepandhealth.com/story/suffer-no-more-dealing-great-imposto…) because they frequently get missed in diagnosis by the medical community when dealing with chronic pain. IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT ALL TMD IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH JOINT PAIN, NOISES OR LOCKING! Many patients have primarily muscle problems due to repetitive strain injuries. These injuries can be caused by bites that are not physiologic. Neuromuscular Dentistry (http://www.sleepandhealth.com/neuromuscular-dentistry) is extremely effective in reducing and eliminating headaches and migraines without excessive use of medication. What is not widely understood is that it is possible to alter these developmental Pathways and to grow healthier children and eliminate or decrease the incidence of ADD and ADHD as well as other behavioral disorders.  Movement disorders such as Tourettes, Parkinsons, essential tremor and many others may respond to treatment with specialized orthotics as reported in “Parkinsons TMJ Connection”.

TMJ Disorders and Sleep apnea have common developmental pathways. These disorders are also associated with headaches, migraines, ADD, ADHD, Behavioral Disorders as well as postural problems. Gurnee Dentist, Dr Ira L Shapira was a featured speaker at the Second International International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr Shapira is president of Delany Dental Care in Gurnee and is opening a new office in Highland Park, Il in May 2014.

It is well known that treatment of Headaches and Migraines almost always involves the Trigeminal Nerves and the oral and dental apparatus. TMJ disorders are called The Great Imposter (http://www.sleepandhealth.com/story/suffer-no-more-dealing-great-imposto…) because they frequently get missed in diagnosis by the medical community when dealing with chronic pain. IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT ALL TMD IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH JOINT PAIN, NOISES OR LOCKING! Many patients have primarily muscle problems due to repetitive strain injuries. These injuries can be caused by bites that are not physiologic. Neuromuscular Dentistry (http://www.sleepandhealth.com/neuromuscular-dentistry) is extremely effective in reducing and eliminating headaches and migraines without excessive use of medication. What is not widely understood is that it is possible to alter these developmental Pathways and to grow healthier children and eliminate or decrease the incidence of ADD and ADHD as well as other behavioral disorders.

The same pathways in development create patients with chronic sinus problems, middle ear infections and nasal pharyngeal airway restrictions and children effect their quality of life their entire life. A new therapy, The DNA Appliance, can actually correct many of these developmental problems in both children and adults.

Dr Shapira recently spoke to Chiropracters at the SOTO meeting in Atlanta. The same developmental pathways responsible for sleep apnea and TMJ disorders also predispose patients to Chiropractic and spinal issues. Airway is a common key and treatment requires careful attention to the Stomaognathic system by a trained Neuromuscular Dentist. The connections between posture and pain and TMJ disorders are based on the work of Sherrington who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Dr Shapira is well known in the Sleep Community and is a pioneer in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine. He did research into the jaw position of sleep apnea patients in the 1980’s as a visiting Asst Professor and Rush Medical School Sleep Disorder Center. His early research using a Myotronics Kinesiograph showed that male sleep apnea patients had similar jaw positions as female TMJ patients. Dr Shapira has authored two recent editorials in Cranio Journal, The Journal of CranioMandibular and Sleep Disorders. The most recent is; TMJ Alias, The Great Imposter, Has a Co-Conspirator: Poor Sleep
(http://cranio.com/volume31/issue1/tmj-alias-great-imposter-has-co-conspi…)
An earlier editorial was; The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Considers the Cardiac
and Sleep Consequences of Temporomandibular Disorders (http://www.maneyonline.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1179/crn.2007.012)

Dr Shapira treats patients with TMJ disorders and sleep disorders in his Gurnee office. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. Many patients with severe headaches and migraines can find relief from pain with neuromuscular of masticatory disorders.
He is opening a new office in Highland Park, Il across from the Metra Station at Fort Sheridan for easy access for North Shore TMJ and Sleep patients as well as patients from Chicago. The website, currently under construction for the Highland Park office is http://thinkbetterlife.com This name was chosen to because treatment with neuromuscular dentistry and dental sleep medicine results in a better life, a life free from disabling pain, tiredness and associated problems.

As founder and president of I HATE CPAP.com http://www.ihatecpap.com and I HATE HEADACHES.orghttp://www.ihateheadaches.org Dr Shapira is well versed in the field. He also seves as the Dental Editor of Sleep and Health Journal.

To learn more about TMJ disorders in Gurnee visit his website @ http://www.delanydentalcare.com/neuromuscular.html

To learn more about treatment of Sleep Apnea and Snoring visit http://www.delanydentalcare.com/sleep_apnea.html

Dr Ira L Shapira is an author and section editor of Sleep and Health Journal, President of I HATE CPAP LLC, President Dato-TECH, and has a Dental Practice with his partner Dr Mark Amidei. He has recently formed Chicagoland Dental Sleep Medicine Associates. He is a Regent of ICCMO and its representative to the TMD Alliance, He was a founding and certified member of the Sleep Disorder Dental Society which became the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, A founding member of DOSA the Dental Organization for Sleep Apnea. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, A Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management, a graduate of LVI. He is a former assistant professor at Rush Medical School’s Sleep Service where he worked with Dr Rosalind Cartwright who is a founder of Sleep Medicine and Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr Shapira is a consultant to numerous sleep centers and teaches courses in Dental Sleep Medicine in his office to doctors from around the U.S. He is the Founder of I HATE CPAP LLC and http://www.ihatecpap.com Dr Shapira also holds several patents on methods and devices for the prophylactic minimally invasive early removal of wisdom teeth and collection of bone marrow and stem cells. Dr Shapira is a licensed general dentist in Illinois and Wisconsin.

The same pathways in development create patients with chronic sinus problems, middle ear infections and nasal pharyngeal airway restrictions and children effect their quality of life their entire life. A new therapy, The DNA Appliance, can actually correct many of these developmental problems in both children and adults.

Dr Shapira recently spoke to Chiropracters at the SOTO meeting in Atlanta. The same developmental pathways responsible for sleep apnea and TMJ disorders also predispose patients to Chiropractic and spinal issues. Airway is a common key and treatment requires careful attention to the Stomaognathic system by a trained Neuromuscular Dentist. The connections between posture and pain and TMJ disorders are based on the work of Sherrington who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Dr Shapira is well known in the Sleep Community and is a pioneer in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine. He did research into the jaw position of sleep apnea patients in the 1980’s as a visiting Asst Professor and Rush Medical School Sleep Disorder Center. His early research using a Myotronics Kinesiograph showed that male sleep apnea patients had similar jaw positions as female TMJ patients. Dr Shapira has authored two recent editorials in Cranio Journal, The Journal of CranioMandibular and Sleep Disorders. The most recent is; TMJ Alias, The Great Imposter, Has a Co-Conspirator: Poor Sleep
(http://cranio.com/volume31/issue1/tmj-alias-great-imposter-has-co-conspi…)
An earlier editorial was; The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Considers the Cardiac
and Sleep Consequences of Temporomandibular Disorders (http://www.maneyonline.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1179/crn.2007.012)

Dr Shapira treats patients with TMJ disorders and sleep disorders in his Gurnee office. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. Many patients with severe headaches and migraines can find relief from pain with neuromuscular of masticatory disorders.
He is opening a new office in Highland Park, Il across from the Metra Station at Fort Sheridan for easy access for North Shore TMJ and Sleep patients as well as patients from Chicago. The website, currently under construction for the Highland Park office ishttp://thinkbetterlife.com This name was chosen to because treatment with neuromuscular dentistry and dental sleep medicine results in a better life, a life free from disabling pain, tiredness and associated problems.

As founder and president of I HATE CPAP.com http://www.ihatecpap.com and I HATE HEADACHES.orghttp://www.ihateheadaches.org Dr Shapira is well versed in the field. He also seves as the Dental Editor of Sleep and Health Journal.

Dr Ira L Shapira is an author and section editor of Sleep and Health Journal, President of I HATE CPAP LLC, President Dato-TECH, and has a Dental Practice with his partner Dr Mark Amidei. He has recently formed Chicagoland Dental Sleep Medicine Associates. He is a Regent of ICCMO and its representative to the TMD Alliance, He was a founding and certified member of the Sleep Disorder Dental Society which became the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, A founding member of DOSA the Dental Organization for Sleep Apnea. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, A Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management, a graduate of LVI. He is a former assistant professor at Rush Medical School’s Sleep Service where he worked with Dr Rosalind Cartwright who is a founder of Sleep Medicine and Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr Shapira is a consultant to numerous sleep centers and teaches courses in Dental Sleep Medicine in his office to doctors from around the U.S. He is the Founder of I HATE CPAP LLC and http://www.ihatecpap.com Dr Shapira also holds several patents on methods and devices for the prophylactic minimally invasive early removal of wisdom teeth and collection of bone marrow and stem cells. Dr Shapira is a licensed general dentist in Illinois and Wisconsin.

A Cure For Sleep Apnea! New Study Shows Epigenetic Orthodontics With DNA Appliance Can Cure Sleep Apnea

There are many ways to treat sleep apnea including CPAP, BiPAP, Seroventilation, Numerous types of oral appliances that open the airway thru mandibular advancement with a sprinkling of other types of oral appliances and surgery.  I will briefly review the current treatments before discussing Epigenetic Orthodontics and the DNA appliance, the RNA appliance and Neuromuscular positioning.

 

Surgery for sleep apnea has been mediocre in results and frequently associated with long term morbidity.  The tracheotomy was the original treatment, drastic but effective especially in the morbidly obese.  The ENT community pushed UP3 surgery, Uvulopalatopharyngealplasty for many years which had dismal results, high pain and a poor cost to benefit ratio.  Insurance companies rarely pay for these procedures now but tonsilectomy and adenoid removal is still helpful, especially in pediatric medicine.

Nasal surgery is helpful for many conditions including sleep apnea but it is not curatice.  It is frequently used as adjunctive surgery along with an oral appliance or CPAP.  The typical surgery is correction of a deviated septum, turbinate reduction or removal of polyps.

Tongue reduction is effective but very painful and the results may be transient similar to hyoid advancemet .  The use of So0mnoplasty to do a series of minimally invasive and comfortable reductions.  Results improve but do not eliminate sleep apnea.

BiMaxillary Advancement a procedure preformed by plastic surgeons and oral and maxilofacial surgeons is the single most effective and curative treatment for sleep apnea.  It is a major surgery involving removint the upper jaw or Maxilla from the skull often cutting it in two to three pieces and bolting the parts back together with titanium bolts and screws.  The lower jaw or Mandible is cut in three pieces (sometimes four) and the middle third of the jaw is advanced bringing the tongue and hyoid bone forward as well.  This is held together with titanium screws and plates as well and the jaws are usually wired shut for six weeks.

This is an extremely successful surgery but can have many different morbidities connected to it.  The most severe ones are parasthesia or permanent lip or tongue numbness, chronic pain or infection and TMJ disorders.  Prior to surgery it is strongly suggested that an oral appliance trial is done to determine how much advancement is needed during surgery.  A trial with a mandibular advancement appliance, preferably a TAP 1 can prevent the need for additional future surgeries.

One problem often seen with oral appliances is the occurence of bite changes and most educated dentists treating sleep apnea give their patients morning exercises to restore the bite.  These exercises actually push the jaw back to its original pathology and eliminate the healing that occurs overnight.  If permanent correction of sleep apnea is being considered it is always best to allow the mandible to heal forward to its Neuromuscular Position.  This is especially true if a patient is considering Bimaxillary advancement.  I have had a large number of patients who originally planned on doing surgery and decided that the oral appliance was a good final treatment.

For patients who want to try to permanently correct their apnea the use of Epigenetic Orthodontics is now a powerful new intervention that is extremely safe and affordable.  It is well known that patients with sleep apnea usually had disturances in growth and development as infants, children and adolescents.  Correction of these changes can be curative.  Young children can be almost 100% cured by combination of airway management with tonsil and adenoid removal and rapid maxillary expansion.  This has not been an option for adult.  The use of surgically assisted rapid maxillary advancement is sometimes used in adults with great success.

Epigenetic Orthodontics allows us to grow the upper and lower jaws (Maxillaa and Mandible) to their genetic ideals and when combined with neuromuscular positioning of the mandible can be curative of sleep apnea.  A recent article in Cranio Mandibular & Sleep Practice journal describes a case where exactly that procedure is utilized.  That patient only utilized the Maxillary DNA Appliance  which increases the width of the Maxilla allowing permanent forward movement of the mandible.

The RNA Appliance covers two arches and widens the upper and lower arches while it acts as a sleep appliance maintaining air patency.  The beauty of Epigenetic Orthodontics is you wear the appliance 12-16 hours a day so it does not interfer with eating, work or social activities.  I have been excited by the pain free progess I see in patients utilizing the DNA and RNA Appliances.  The appliances reproduce the ideal 3 dimensional growth patterns that were disturbed during development

 

Dr Signh has published a book on Epigenetic Orthodontics that can be purchased at  https://dnaappliance.com/book-details.html

EPIGENETIC ORTHODONTICS IN ADULTS
By Dr. Dave Singh DDSc PhD BDS & Dr. James Krumholtz
Epigenetic orthodontics means that various human genes or combinations of the patient’s naturally-inherited genes are harnessed in combination or independently with various orthodontic/orthopedic/pneumopedic™ devices or DNA appliances™ to modify, change or attenuate the physical location of natural teeth, jaws and airway in 3-D space during orthodontic/orthopedic/pneumopedic™ treatments, based on the concept of ‘temporo-spatial patterning.’ The term \”temporo-spatial patterning\” like Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) implies that the spatial organization of the teeth, jaws and airway can be mapped in 3-D space at known anatomical locations using x, y, z coordinates. The pattern in 3-D space of craniofacial structures are encoded within the patient’s genome. Dr Singh believes that DNA appliances® are capable of modulating genetic pathways, which are effectively dormant or inactive, and are capable of restarting craniofacial development in adult patients as well as in children. In addition, abnormal patterning is corrected, in part, through the deployment of orthodontic/orthopedic/pneumopedic™ devices or DNA appliances®, which may evoke natural developmental processes that improve a patient’s airway and thereby ameliorate or prevent airway issues such as snoring and other forms of sleep-disordered breathing through non-surgical airway remodeling™

 

 

 

 

 

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Chicago Dental Sleep Medicine: Curing Snoring And Sleep Apnea Without CPAP

Snoring and sleep apnea are both dangerous and common.  While snoring is frequently considered funny it is the chief warning sign of sleep apnea.  Studies have also shown that heavy snorers can have a 6-10 fold increase in carotid atherosclerosis even when sleep apnea is not present.

The advantages of an oral appliance compared to CPAP is comfort and convenience.  Patients appreciate not having a mask, hose and compressor all night long.  I am currently working with American Sleep Medicine in Skokie  offering patients comfortable alternatives to CPAP.  American Sleep Medicine is an oral appliance friendly sleep center.  They welcome referrals from dentists who utilize oral appliances and understand how to titrate oral appliances.

 

The success of an oral appliance requires a team effort of the patient, the dentist, the sleep physician and the sleep lab.  American Sleep Medicine is striving to be a leader not just in sleep medicine but also in Dental Sleep Medicine.

 

Dr Shapira is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and a pioneer in the field.  He did research at Rush in the 1980’s as a Visiting Assistant Professor and returned in the 1990’s to actively treat patients.  He has taught Dental Sleep Medicine to hundreds of dentists and continues to teach courses to small groups of dentists and their teams.  He also lectures on Dental Sleep Medicine for the Illinois Academy of General Dentistry.  His lastr lecture was attended by over 100 dentists,.

Dr Shapria has a primary location in Gurnee, Illinois but is also available in Skokie and Schaumburg.  To make an appointment call 1-8-NO-PAP-MASK  or (866)727-6275

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