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 …

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. …

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 …

Chicago Ankylosing Spondylitis and Migraine Relief. Three Videos Over 6 Months of Treatment. Dystonia and TMJ Treatment.

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These are a series of three videos of the same patient over six months of treatment. In the first video he describes how he came in limping and upset and his first visit. Daniel describes response to evaluation and start of treatment after 90 minute consultation. This is a complex case and a Sphenopaltatine Ganglion Block with Nasal applicators wad …

Pain Is Destroying My Life! Pain Solutions Restore Your Quality Of Life.

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Living day to day with severe or chronic pain can be agonizing to your spirit, your family and your life. There is hope for patients with chronic head, neck, face and back pain. Millions are disabled with chronic pain. It i estimated that 100 million Americans have chronic pain and as many as 11 million are disabled by chronic headaches …

TMJ and Migraines: New article supports concept of migraine developing from Musculoskeletal causes

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A recent article in Cephalgia (PubMed abstract below) clearly explains how there is a reciprical (two way) relationship between TMJ disorders, Musculoskeetal Disorders and Migraine. In the conclusions the article states: “These dysfunctions support a reciprocal interaction between the trigeminal and the cervical systems as a trait symptom in migraine.” While TMJ disorders (TMD) are not specifically listed the musculoskeletal …

Chicago Pain Relief: The Great TMJ Experiment

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This is a reprint of recently published press relief on Relief of Chronic TMJ, Headache and Migraine. Reprint Chicago Pain Relief! Patients with TMJ Disorders, Headaches and Migraines are Finding A Better Quality of Life! SPG Blocks Can Give Patients Control of Pain “Find Relief of Severe and Chronic Pain. Dr Shapira has been improving Quality of Life for patients …