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-impostor) 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
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.org http://www.ihateheadaches.org Dr Shapira is well versed in the field. He also seves as the Dental Editor of Sleep and Health Journal.
Dr Shapira’s NEW HIGHLAND PARK OFFICE IS LOCATED 3500 WESTERN AVENUE, HIGHLAND PARK, IL
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.
DR SHAPIRA HAS RECENTLY JOINED DENTAL SLEEP MASTERS AS AN ELITE MEMBER AND HAS CREATED A NEW COMPANY, SLEEP WELL ILLINOIS TO RUN SLEEP SCREENING PROGRAMS IN PHYSICIANS OFFICES.