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Dr. Steven Lawson, D.M.D. Winnipeg, Manitoba

TMJ & Dental Sleep Therapy Centre of Winnipeg

 
 

 
245-3025 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3K 2E2
Tel: (204) 927-8650
info@tmjortho.ca
www.tmjsnoring.ca

 Background


Dr. Lawson graduated in 1986 from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of
Dentistry. While General Dentistry was initially his focus he developed a keen
interest in orthodontics and the dynamics of the growing face. Over the past
25 years he has completed extensive training in Functional Jaw Orthopedics,
Orthodontics, Myofunctional Therapy, Tempromandibular Joint Disorders
and Sleep Disordered Breathing (Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea). More
specifically over the past 12 years he has completed Mini-Residencies and
Advanced Residencies in Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction and Sleep
Disordered Breathing and has completed over 1000 hours of continuing education
in these disciplines. He has trained with some of the foremost educators and
clinicians with regard to TMJ Disorders and Dental Sleep Medicine.

Link to ACSDD Diplomat Process

http://acsdd.org/become-a-diplomate

Link to Dr. Steve Olmos Bio/CV

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/steve-olmos/21/65a/81

 

Entries in teeth grinding (2)

Tuesday
Aug282012

Role of General Dentists in Diagnosing Sleep Disorder Breathing

In a general dental office, dentists are seeing patients on a regular basis and from a diagnostic perspective, Dr. Steve Lawson can make a good diagnosis without a lot of high-tech equipment.
By looking at a patient's enamel, for example, at his practice in Winnipeg, Canada, he can see if it's worn down and think there's an airway problem.  
As a dentist, Dr. Lawson says, he can look at things differently as to what red flags are being waved at me in terms of what else is going on.  If it's TMD, or temporomandibular disorders, in the early states, Dr. Lawson can treat it inexpensively by dealing with what is going on at night.  The same goes for any evidence of snoring or sleep apnea, he says.
With many clinical signs of obstructive sleep apnea, dentists are often on the front line in making a diagnosis.  Dr. Lawson says that there are more and more findings making the association between obstructive sleep apnea and negative health risks.  He adds that "the signs are sadly being missed in the dental profession."
Dr. Lawson is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV and for more information on his practice, the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Winnipeg, Canada, visit www.tmjsnoring.ca.

 

Thursday
Aug162012

Connection Between TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Disorders and OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea), Featuring Dr. Steve Lawson of the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre in Winnipeg, Canada

Dr. Steve Lawson says that he cannot treat TMJ pain, or temporomandibular joint, without understanding what's going on at night and managing the airway.  For his patients, at the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre in Winnipeg, Canada, 70% of their symptoms are a function of what's going on at night.  If Dr. Lawson is aware of what's going on while the patient is asleep and why they are clenching their jaw, he can manage these TMJ patients better and more effectively.

Most of the time, the clenching and grinding is from an airway issue, Dr. Lawson says.  TMJ patients develop rhythmic muscular activity and Dr. Lawson explains that when the oxygen levels go down, your brain gets alerted that it wants to breath, so it pushes the mandible forward to dilate the airways -- which is exactly what an oral appliance does to treat obstructive sleep apnea.  The connection, he adds, is that the clenching and grinding is probably from an airway issue.

Dr. Lawson performs an evaluation to see if a patient is a good candidate for an oral sleep appliance, which includes a jaw evaluation, as the two are completely intermingled.

Dr. Lawson is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV and for more information on his practice, visit www.tmjsnoring.ca.