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David E Rawson, DDS,DABCP
TMJ & sleep Therapy Centre of London Ontario
2083 Wharncliff Road South
London, Ontario Canada

(519) 652-1067

info@TMJandSleepCentre.ca

http://www.tmjandsleepcentre.ca


Dr. David E. Rawson is a 1974 graduate of Dentistry from The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. He spent his first five years as a Dental Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces serving in Halifax N.S. and Kingston Ontario.

He opened a General Practice in London, Ontario in 1979 and has maintained a keen interest in the dynamics of the growing face and dentition. He uses orthodontics to treat unfavourable conditions early in children.

Since 1998, Dr. Rawson has traveled extensively over North America studying with the leaders in Chronic head and neck pain, Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), Orthodontics and Sleep disordered breathing which includes snoring and sleep apnea.

In 2003 Dr. Rawson opened the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of London, Ontario which is solely dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions. He incorporates an holistic approach to treating patients and uses a multi disciplinary team to enhance the treatments started in his centre. Approaches included are Cranial Sacral Therapy, Massage Therapy, Nutritional analysis and referral to the appropriate medical facility where indicated..

Dr. Rawson and his well trained and dedicated staff see patients, young and old, daily who suffer needlessly from headaches and sleep disorders which can now be treated effectively using modern technology and new treatment concepts.

Dr. Rawson is Board Certified as Diplomate with the America Board of Craniofacial Pain, is an adjunct clinical professor at the School of Dentistry at Western; is the founder and President of S.M.I.L.E., an Orthopedic Study Club for colleagues in SW Ontario and keeps active in a number of organizations in his profession.

Thursday
May102012

Effects of Untreated Sleep Apnea, Featuring Dr. David Rawson of the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre in London, Ontario, Canada

A lot of science proves how sleep apnea affects the lining of the blood vessels, leading to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to Dr. David Rawson of the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre in London, Ontario, Canada.

Generally speaking, so many conditions are treated on a specific problem which has been another medication, says Dr. Rawson.  He says that patients become so lethargic and have such little energy that even if they wanted to lose the weight causing the sleep apnea, for example, they have no energy to do so.  "It becomes a vicious cycle," he says and "there's not yet an understanding in society that this is a big health problem."

Dr. David Rawson is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV and more information can be found about his practice, the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre, here.

 

Thursday
May102012

Huge Impact of Successful Sleep Apnea Treatment

One of the big challenges Dr. David Rawson faces is convincing patients they have a problem.  At his dental practice, the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre in London, Ontario, Canada, they can send patients to an unattended sleep study.  This provides a huge learning experience for the patient and the bed partner because typically, most of his patients come in because they're told they're snoring.

Dr. Rawson tries to tell his patients that while they've come in because of the snoring, it's the quiet part during the sleep cycles that's more serious.  He says it's very dramatic when he brings in the husband and wife back and shows them graphically what happened during the sleep study.  This data gets their attention and that's when they realize they need help.

When you get rid of a patient's pain or give them a night's sleep that's actually restorative, it's quite incredible, says Dr. Rawson.  "They start to wake up," and they're not the people they used to be, he says.

Dr. David Rawson is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV and his practice, the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre, is in London, Ontario, Canada.

Thursday
May102012

Pediatric Sleep Disorders, Featuring Dr. David Rawson of the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre in London, Ontario, Canada

Dr. David Rawson, of the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre in London, Ontario, Canada says that pediatric sleep disorders are more common than we understand.  The first line of information usually comes from the mother, who is alarmed by a fit of gasping or choking by her child.

One of the main causes of this is enlarged tonsils and adenoids, says Dr. Rawson.  Pediatric patients don't have a large airway and when they're on their backs at night, the muscles relax, the jaw falls back and the tongue falls back against the airway and obstructs it.  That's what alerts the nervous system to gag and choke.  When the tonils and adenoids are removed in indicated cases, there's a significant difference in the patient's ability to breath.

Parents will come back and tell us that their child is more alert, has more energy, and has a change in mood.  Dr. Rawson says that in medicine, there is a bias to treat things structurally rather than with medication and unfortunately, medicine being used to treat sleep apnea in pediatric patients is "highly inappropriate," according to Dr. Rawson.

Dr. David Rawson is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Expert TV and his practice, the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre is in London, Ontario, Canada. 

Thursday
May102012

What is Sleep Apnea and Health Risks, Featuring Dr. David Rawson of TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of London, Ontario Canada

 

Dr. David Rawson of TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of London, Ontario Canada discusses sleep apnea and some of the health risks associated with the sleep disorder.  There are treatment options available, from a CPAP to an oral appliance.

Sleep apnea is a condition where a person, while asleep, will stop breathing for at least 10 seconds and up to 30-40 seconds.  It is a very serious condition that can lead to increased blood pressure, increase risk for heart attacks, increased risk for stroke and sometimes death.

Sleep apnea is diagnosed with both anecdotal and objective data.  The anecdotal evidence will come form a sleep partner or perhaps the patient who remembers dreaming of choking.  As the anecdotal evidence is not enough to make a diagnosis, a patient will go through a sleep study in a medical facility.  the patient will stay overnight where electrical leads are attached and a video is recording them while they sleep.  This hard, objective data will often confirm a sleep apnea diagnosis.

CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) or air mask devices are often provided by sleep study centers as a form of treatment.  Dentists would like to alternate this treatment with a dental sleep appliance, similar to a mouth guard, which can be as effective as a CPAP device.

Dr. Rawson is an acknowledged expert of the Sleep Expert Directory, part of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines.  For more information on Dr. Rawson, visit his website at www.tmjandsleepcentre.ca.

The ACSDD has partnered up with Sleep Better TV to help healthcare professionals continue their education and training on sleep disorders.  For more information on the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines, visit www.acsdd.org and www.sleepbetter.tv.

Thursday
May102012

How the Diagnosis of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) Helps Treat Sleep Apnea, Featuring Dr. David Rawson of London, Ontario, Canada

Sleep Better TV spoke with Dr. David Rawson of the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Center of London, Ontario, Canada about the treatment for TMJ when you have sleep apnea.  The temporomandibular joint makes a clicking and popping noise and affects many adults.  Most are not aware they have a problem.  These patients have a history of headaches, back pain, neck pain and have a hard time chewing.  For about 30% of patients, it is a significant structural problem that can lead to further problems, such as hip, back and foot problems.

When you have sleep apnea, if the jaw is not working well, patients cannot properly use a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device as a type of breathing therapy.  About 40-50% of patients present with one condition and have another.  Dr. Rawson is Board Certified as a Diplomate with the America Board of Craniofacial Pain and is specially trained on how TMJ can be treated to help with sleep apnea.

Dr. Rawson is an acknowledged expert of the Sleep Expert Directory, part of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines. For more information on Dr. Rawson, visit his website at www.tmjandsleepcentre.ca .

The ACSDD has partnered up with Sleep Better TV to help healthcare professionals continue their education and training on sleep disorders.  For more information on the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines, visit www.acsdd.org and www.sleepbetter.tv.