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


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.

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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


Health Risks of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Featuring Dr. Steve Lawson of the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre in Winnipeg, Canada

Dr. Steve Lawson, of the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre in Winnipeg, Canada says that the ramifications of not breathing effectively tremendously affect your endocrine system, which produces hormones and runs your metabolism, growth and development.  Children with obstructive sleep apnea, for example, are not breathing properly at night and are often under-developed.  Dr. Lawson says you don't secrete any growth hormones unless you're in a M3 level of sleep and continual respiratory disturbances are not letting them get to that level of sleep.

Dr. Lawson says that your systems don't function properly if you are not sleeping properly.  You can have cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, to name a few.  Dr. Lawson see patients whose lives are already compromised and have a significant quality of life issue.

From a dental perspective, once patients are diagnosed, dentists are limited to the jaw and airway.  Dentists look at teeth as pillars that support the jaw joints and airway but there is a whole new dynamic that takes place when you go beyond looking at just the teeth.  Dr. Lawson says that if you have undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea, it will affect every organ system in your body over time.  It is an "all-embracing" problem and if dentists can do something about it with the proper training and tools, we can "absolutely change lives significantly," he adds.

Evaluation of a patient is no different if they're a CPAP (constant positive airway pressure) failure or not.  Evaluation is about whether this person is a good candidate for what Dr. Lawson can offer.  If a patient is not CPAP tolerant, an oral sleep appliance, along with other measures, such as avoiding alcohol and losing weight, is the next best option, he says.

Dr. Lawson notes that there are a lot of patients out there on CPAP that can be effectively treated with an oral appliance.  There's no compromise to switching to an oral appliance as he objectively measures the results of the treatment with a level 3 sleep study.

Dr. Steve Lawson is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV.  For more information on his dental practice, visit