Patients from across Chicagoland and the Midwest are finding answers for TMJ disorders in Highland Park, Illinois.

The following is a reprint of a 24/7 Press Release:
Innovative Treatment Protocols for Fast Relief of TMJ (TMD) Disorders: You Deserve a Better Quality of Life. Solutions Now Available for Problem Headaches and Migraines Amazing TMJ Testimonial Video.

Improving the quality of life of patients from the North Shore and Chicago. You deserve a better life! is your doorway to your better life. Serving patients in Barrington, Schaumburg, Chicago, Milwaukee, Lake Forest, Highland Park, Deerfield and Lake Bluff and Libertyville.

Patients who are living with TMJ disorders, TMD and Chronic Tension Headaches, Sinus Pain or Migraines want relief now. is the new website of a Lake Forest/ Highland Park office dedicated to patients seeking quick relief and of TMD disorders and headaches. Long term correction of these disorders always starts with quick relief of the current pains.

Many patients think that TMJ (TMD) disorders are only treated with splints. Dr Ira Shapira utilizes a multifaceted approach to giving patients quick and lasting relief from their chronic pain. He utilizes Diagnostic Physiologic Orthotics and has over 30 years experience in Physiologic Dentistry. He trained with Barney Jankelson the founder of this field and with Bob Jankelson, his son. In addition to utilizing Physiologic Dentistry he is one of only a handful of practitioners to utilize SPG Blocks (Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks), Trigger Point Injections and Spray and Stretch techniques to treat Myofascial Pain and Muscle pain from Fibromyalgia. He trained with Dr Janet Travell who wrote the book Myofacial Pain and Dysfunction: A Trigger Point Manual.

This link leads to a YouTube Channel of Think Better Life Patient Testimonial videos.

Everyone with chronic TMJ pain, migraines, neck pain or facial pain should view these videos.

Dr Shapira spent years doing research into sleep apnea and its connection to jaw position. His early research was done as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the 1980’s at Rush Medical School in The Sleep Disorder clinic. He worked closely with Dr Rosalind Cartwright the acknowledged Mother of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr Cartwright recruited Dr Shapira to return to Rush as an Asst Professor in the 1990’s till early this century.

The connections between impaired nasopharyngeal breathing and development of ADD and ADHD in children was the topic of a recent lecture Dr Shapira gave in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The development of chronic TMJ disorders, headaches, migraines and postural distortions were all discussed at his lecture to members of ICCMO, The International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics of which Dr Shapira is a Fellow and Secretary. Dr Shapira is a representative from ICCMO to the American Alliance of TMD Organizations.

In the 1990’s Dr Shapira was a star lecturer for the A4M, The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine where he presented his work on the effect of TMJ disorders across ones lifetime. Premature aging and loss of memory and even dementia and Alzheimers disease are part of the same ongoing problem. Sleep Apnea and snoring are types of TMJ disorders according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH in their report: Cardiovascular and Sleep Related Consequences of Temporomandibular Disorders.

Dr Shapira has been utilizing a multifaceted approach toward relieving chronic pain associated with TMJ disorders for over 30 years and is now bringing his expertise to the North Shore Communities of Chicago. He created which addressed Sleep Apnea and snoring and utilizing oral appliances to treat these problems. He also created that focuses on many types of headaches and the role of Physiologic Dentistry in providing relief of these problems.

The DNA Appliance is offering a possible cure for sleep apnea and TMJ disorders by growing the jaws utilizing Epigenetic Orthodontics. Until recently it was believed these changes could only be accomplished through extensive surgical procedures.

Dr Shapira has also studied Cranial Suture Release techniques and Chirodontics. He inroduced these concepts to a Chiropracter who is his friend and colleague, Dr Mark Freund . Dr Freund has embraced these concepts in totality and has become an expert in these techniques through immersive studying both in the US and Internationally. His primary office is in Lindenhurst but he also sees Cranial patients in Gurnee in Dr Shapira’s office

Dr Freund will be treating patients in Dr Shapira’s Highland Park office. These techniques treat not only TMJ Dysfunction but also postural distortion such as forward head posture that leads to headaches and neck pain. These postural distortions can have negative effects throughout the entire body.

Dr Ira L Shapira created the I HATE CPAP and I HATE HEADACHE websites to help patients find help with these difficult medical disorders that medicine can frequently not treat adequately without a dental collaboration. Dr Shapira did research 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 physiologic dentistry still uses today and created a company Myotronics that is the leading manufacturer of instrumentation used by Physiologic Dentistry.

Dr Shapira is a Diplomate of The American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, and a Fellow of the International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics (ICCMO). He is a former national and International Regent of ICCMO, its current Secretary and the representative to the Alliance of TMD organizations or the TMD ALLIANCE has a general dental practice ( in Gurnee, Il and has recently started Chicagoland Dental Sleep Medicine Associates with offices in Skokie, Schaumburg, Chicago, Vernon Hills and Bannockburn. Patients in Northern Illinois or southern Wisconsin can contact Dr Shapira by phone toll free at 1-8-NO-PAP-MASK OR 1-800-TM-JOINT or thru his websites at or

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 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 to prove these stem cells can change peoples lives for the better. Dr Shapira is a licensed general dentist in Illinois and Wisconsin.