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 …

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 …

HEADACHES, MIGRAINES, FIBROMYALGIA, SLEEP APNEA, SWALLOWING PROBLEMS AND TMJ DISORDERS ARE ALL CLOSELY RELATED IN BOTH CAUSES AND TREATMENTS

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PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE BLOG ENTRY TO UNDERSTAND THE RELATIONSHIPS OF THESE DISORDERS. ALMOST ALL TREATMENT OF HEADACHES MUST CONSIDER THE MASTICATORY SYSTEM. A new study “Effect of CPAP treatment on residual depressive symptoms in patients with major depression and coexisting sleep apnea: Contribution of daytime sleepiness to residual depressive symptoms.” (see abstract below) suggests that treatment of sleep apnea …

Pain Management and Rehabilitation: The TMJ Connection

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Pain Management, Integrative Pain Management, Rehabilitation Institute all have to deal with a wild card, the Joker or TMJ Disorders. The Trigeminal Nerve is the largest input into the brain of the body. After amplification in the Reticular Activating System it accounts for over halh of al input to the brain In addition to the Somatosensory input of the trigeminal …

TMJ Disorders and Widespread Body Pain. A New Article

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A new article in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation looks at wide spread body pain particularly musculoskeletal pain and joints. In a study with 337 participants it was found that those patients with TMD disorders were 5.5 times more likely to present with other areas of joint pain compared to those without TMD. TMD muscle disorders, usually MPD or myofascial …