Most people associate dentistry with healthy teeth and gums and shiny smiles. However, Chicago TMJ and sleep dentist Dr. Ira L. Shapira is dedicated to helping patients achieve good overall health from the head and neck area throughout the entire body.
Dr. Shapira is an experienced TMJ and sleep apnea dentist who has earned recognition as a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, a Fellow of the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics, and a Diplomat of the Academy of Pain Management, to name a few credentials.
Please call North Shore Sleep Dentistry today at (847) 533-8313 to schedule a consultation to assess the function of your jaw. Dr. Shapira welcomes patients throughout the Chicago area, including Highland Park, Libertyville, Deerfield, Vernon Hills, and other communities.
Dr. Shapira has invested a significant amount of time researching how dysfunction of the jaw can lead to a host of problems affecting the face. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the upper and lower jaw and facilitates speaking and eating. When the TMJ isn't correctly aligned, though, it can cause:
- Jaw pain
- Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw
- Limited mobility when chewing
- Migraine headaches
To relieve these symptoms, Dr. Shapira provides a range of TMJ treatment options, including:
- Custom oral appliances to realign the bite
- Ultra low-frequency electrical stimulation with a TENS unit
- Epigenetic orthodontics
When discussing the ideal treatment for you, Dr. Shapira can also recommend at-home exercises and simple lifestyle adjustments that can help you recapture your health.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a potentially deadly condition where lapses in breathing during sleep deprive the body of oxygen. While many patients who suffer from this sleep disorder are prescribed a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device, many people experience discomfort and have trouble using it properly night after night.
Dr. Shapira understands patients’ frustration with CPAP and has diligently worked for years on developing comfortable alternatives. Instead of CPAP or surgical intervention, many patients enjoy better rest and crucial sleep apnea treatment with custom oral appliances that reposition the tongue and lower jaw for better breathing.
To learn more about how our dentist's expertise in TMJ and sleep apnea can help you, please contact North Shore Sleep Dentistry or call (847) 533-8313 today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Shapira sees patients in many Chicago communities and the surrounding suburbs.