Is There A Specialty of Neuromuscular Dentistry? What Exactly is Neuromuscular Dentistry? What is Dental Sleep Medicine and How are They Connected?

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There is no specialty for TMJ disorders (TMD), Neuromuscular Dentistry, Orofacial Pain,  Implant Dentistry, Epigenetic Orthopedics, Airway Dentistry, Dental Sleep Medicine and several other complex areas of dentistry.  There are many extremely well trained dentists who have taken courses and training in each of these overlapping fields of dentistry. There is a questionable practice of trying to circumvent the American …

Idiopathic Pain Relief: When Doctors Do Not Know The Cause of Your Pain How Do You Find Relief?

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Idiopathic Pain essentially means “The Doctors are Idiots in determining the cause of your pain”.  This can be extremely discouraging as a patients. Sometimes problems are diagnosed as idiopathic because the doctor is not familiar with the disorder you have. These types of pain are often treated with a multitude of different medications on a trial and error basis. There …

Sinus Headache, Sinusitis, Sinus Pain and TMJ Disorders

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Chronic Sinus Headache and other Sinus Pains are closely related to TMJ Disorders. The connections between these problems is multifacted. The Trigeminal Nerve also called the Dentist’s Nerve is the underlying common source of all of these problems. Dentists are the experts on the Trigeminal Nerrve Disorders and in particular neuromuscular dentists who optimize eliminating noxious input to the trigeminal …

The Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block for Relief of Facial Pain from the Nasal Mucosa.

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This new article in Cranio (abstract below) discusses use of SPG Blocks in treating Facial Pain of Nasal Origin. I teach patients to self administer these block for many types of headache and facial pain. This specific case was due to a nasal contact headache where the nasal turbinate is touching the septum. Another approach is to grow the underdeveloped …

Acute Migraine: Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks (SPGB) Safe and Effective. Self Administration is a Patient Friendly Approach

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A new article published in 208 discusses utilization of Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks for treatment of Severe Migraine.  Because it is published byty.the US National Library of Medicine of the National Institute of Health I can reprint it here. I will make my personal comments in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.  I ALSO FIND THAT SPG BLOCKS  CAN TREAT MANY OTHER DISORDERS INCLUDING …

Dr Shapira Awarded Diplomate Status with American Board of Sleep and Breathing. Currently in Boston Learning Advance Pain Management at Harvard Medical School.

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I am pleased to announce that I am now a new Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep and Breathing. I am a long term Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, Credentialed by the Sleep Disorder Dental Society (SDDS) and a Founding member of both the SDDS (Now AADSM) and Dosa , the Dental Organization for Sleep …

Dental Sleep Medicine: Comfortable CPAP Alternatives for Sleep Apnea: Sleep Apnea Treatment Testimonials.

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Sleep Apnea is a dangerous disorder with multiple medical problems associated with untreated Sleep Apnea. There are many methods used to treat sleep apnea. The standard medical treatment is CPAP or versions of CPAP called BiPAP and APAP. CPAP in any of it’s forms is very effective. Unfortunately, CPAP fails the majority of patients due to non-compliance, or minimal compliance. …

Suicide Headache Relief: Cluster Headaches are called Suicide Headaches Due To Severity. Relief of Cluster Headaches is Available!

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OXYGEN, SPG BLOCKS, NEUROMODULATION AND NEUROMUSCULAR ORTHOTICS GIVE RELIEF! Cluster Headaches are frequently called the suicide headache. Many patients respond quickly to 100% oxygen but it is not always available and there are patients who only have partial relief. Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG) Blocks not only offer almost immediate relief of Cluster Headache pain but repeated use can eliminate cluster headaches. …

Chicago: Learn How to Self-Administer Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks

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In 1986 I learned about Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks from a patient who brought me the book, “Miracles on Park Avenue” and wanted me to find him a doctor who did the procedure in Chicago. I was amazed when I read the book and was dismayed when I could not find anyone in the Chicago area who did the procedure. I …

Blue Cross Blue Shield Eliminates Coverage for Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks.

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Across the country Blue Cross Blue Shield is eliminating medical coverage for SPG Blocks declaring them experimental.  This is an enormous and costly mistake that will harm patients and increase medical expenses.  There is a better alternative. Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks (SPG Blocks) are often called the “Miracle Block” and were popularized in the 1986 book “Miracles on Park Avenue” which …