Ear Ringing: How to Stop it with Dental and TMJ Treatment Options

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Ear Ringing: How to Stop It with Dental and TMJ Treatment Options Are you afflicted with an inner ear condition called tinnitus? If you have constant, or even occasional, ear ringing, wondering how to stop it has probably eluded you. That’s because tinnitus – including ear ringing and headache – is often related to another condition known as TMJ disorder. …

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15 Reasons Why Sleep Apnea Sufferers Loath Their CPAP Machines

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Sleep apnea has been getting a lot of press over the last few years – and for good reasons. Scientific studies have linked this condition to heart disease, weight gain, and even strokes. Researchers also report that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can affect nearly every system in the body. If left untreated, sleep apnea can literally kill a person. Thankfully, …

Severe Bruxism/ Neuromuscular Dentistry/ Dental Sleep Medicine/ TrigeminoCardiac Reflex and SPG Blocks are all connected and part of the same system

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What is the common underlying link of all of these.  The Trigeminal Nerve and the Autonomic nerves of thee Sphenopalatine Ganglion. Self-Administered SPG Blocks can improve many autonomic issues in patients. This is the connection of TMJ disorders to problems with the gut. The connection of Aiirway collapse secondary to dental issues has been well established. Bruxism is far more …

Treatment of Muscle Spasm, Muscle Pain and Myofascial Pain in TMJ Disorders: Myomonitor and ULF TENS

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This is an answer I gave on Reddit.com to the question of treating muscle spasm in TMD disorders associated with a close-lock TMJ. A link to discussion will be at bottom of post “What would you recommend doing about the muscle spasms?” is an excellent question. The first step is to make a specific diagnosis. You question is perfectly meaningless …

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 …