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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.

Tuesday
Mar312015

"Your All-Inclusive Package to Practice Dental Sleep Medicine" Dentist Dr. David Rawson, London and Toronto, Ontario

 

The Canadian Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines is a relatively new organization that already has 65 members. Dr. David Rawson discusses the need for the Academy and its upcoming first annual conference in this report.

 

As Dr. Rawson explains, most members of the Canadian dental profession working in the sleep medicine practice received their training in the U.S. or by medical educators who have come to Canada. However, “the delivery of the medical-dental system in Canada is vastly different than it is in the states.” That big difference is the reason there needs to be a “made-in-Canada” organization for dentists who practice sleep medicine.

The Canadian Academy is a multi-discipline and totally collaborative solution for patients who need this type of care. The Academy is primarily a dental organization for practitioners who provided an alternative to CPAP in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The organization’s target group is dentists and denturists, who are licensed to work directly with patients. However, as Dr. Rawson points out, there is a need for the medical profession to understand what sleep dentists can do. Others who might have an interest are dental laboratories, technology companies, and sleep technicians. The Academy’s aim is to make it “as multi-disciplinary as possible.”

The Academy’s first annual conference is called, “Your All-Inclusive Package to Practice Dental Sleep Medicine." The conference will be held May 22-23, 2015 at the Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport hotel. The conference agenda covers a wide range of topics and will offer attendees a wealth of information. The advisory team includes, in addition to Dr. Rawson, two medical advisors, three dental advisors, two industry advisors, and a business development expert.

The event hotel is close to the Pierson International Airport, making it easily accessible. Registration includes all breaks and meals Friday night and all day Saturday. The fee for doctors is $395. There is a reduced fee for staff members. More information, including registration fees, can be found on the website for the event.

Dr. Rawson suggests that this conference will offer an excellent opportunity for people already practicing sleep dentistry and for those who are considering it to learn more about the subject. Sleep dentists work with physicians in the treatment of patients who have sleep disorders, and the work needs to be done properly. “This is a very serious health issue.” Anyone who is working in sleep dentistry or thinking about it can profit from attending this conference.

Dr. David E. Rawson is a 1974 graduate of Dentistry from The University of Western Ontario in London, 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. His practice serves London as well as the Greater Toronto Area. He uses orthodontics to treat unfavourable conditions early in children. 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. The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.

Thursday
Oct102013

Osteopathic Model of Medicine, With Dr. David Rawson, TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre, London, Ontario

The osteopathic model of medicine understands that each one of the skull bones, while looking fused, actually do move when we breathe and more three-dimensionally with every breath, similar to a rib cage.  Dr. David Rawson, dentist with the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre in London, Ontario, Canada practices dentistry under this model of medicine.

Dr. Rawson says that this whole piece of the puzzle is not understood on the medical side, so at his dental practice, he actually employs craniosacral therapists and osteopathic professionals who can "take the jigsaw puzzle of bones and put them back in place."  This allows the whole physiology of our body to be returned to a normal state, without surgery, drugs or being told that a reason cannot be found for a person's headaches.

Dr. Rawson thinks dentistry needs to raise the importance of our healthcare citizens to have a greater understanding at the educational level.  Additionally, he thinks it's important that dentists interface better with physicians to have a mutual respect.

What you do in the mouth affects the whole body and "that's my passion and focus and what I try and do for my patients everyday," Dr. Rawson says.

Dr. David Rawson's practice, the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre, is in London, Ontario and he is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV.

Tuesday
Oct082013

How Parents Can Tell if Their Child Has a Breathing Problem, With Dr. David Rawson, London, Ontario

Parents can observe children in both their daytime activity and nighttime sleep to see if there's a potential underlying breathing disorder, says Dr. David Rawson, of the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre in London, Ontario.

During the day, a parent can watch if their child is sitting upright and if their mouth is closed when not eating or talking.  Open-mouth breathing is a common finding in children who have a blocked nasal airway.  Also, dark circles, or shiners, are another indicator of chronic nasal obstruction.

At night, while the child is asleep, a parent can see if they're sleeping on their back or side, watch for restless body motion and listen for any gasping or sucking sounds.  Dr. Rawson says anything not natural may be an indication of a potential airway problem.

Additionally, parents can look into the child's mouth to look for enlarged tonsils, which would appear as two large red circles that are touching, making little space for air or food.

Orthodontics can play a role in opening up the airway but has changed since years past.  Dr. Rawson says crowded teeth used to be treated by removing the teeth without realizing there would be a restricting of the cranial bones and the sides of the face, making the floor of the nose rise up and close off the airway.  This gives the patient a great smile but it constricts the physical bony box given for their body.

In Dr. Rawson's practice, he doesn't do extractions but rather uses expanders on the upper jaw, which allows the face to open up and stay open, which offers a good result both aesthetically and functionally.

Dr. Rawson's practice is based on a holistic structural arrangement of the body and he really doesn't support surgery or suggest it.  He also doesn't support the use of medications, other than "oxygen."

Dr. David Rawson's practice, the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre, is in London, Ontario and he is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV.

 

Tuesday
Oct082013

Message To Parents, With Dr. David Rawson, TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre, London, Ontario, Canada

Dr. David Rawson, of the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre in London, Ontario in Canada says that the most important message he can give the parents of his patients is being the strongest advocate possible for their children.  He thinks the attitude of "whatever the doctor says goes" has to change.

He advises parents to not take no for an answer, to ask questions, do research and push for what seems to be the right answer.  Dr. Rawson believes society today is so quick to label, give drugs and accept what the system tells us.

Dr. David Rawson's practice, the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre, is in London, Ontario and he is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV.

 

Thursday
Oct032013

How Pain and Sleep Disorders are Related, With Dr. David Rawson, London, Ontario, Canada

At the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of London, Ontario, Dr. David Rawson and his staff are trained and practice with the concept of trying to separate if a patient has one condition or two.  The bulk of what he's known for is TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, disorders, where patients come in with jaw pain, clicking jaw and jaws that don't work well. 

The connection in Dr. Rawson's mind is if they're in chronic pain because of a malfunctioning joint or two and they're unaware of it, they're going to wear out their energy throughout the day.  They're going to go to bed in an unrested state and probably won't be able to relax enough to get a good night's sleep.  He says that they may sleep but they'll toss and turn all night and wake up exhausted, not knowing one fed into the other.

Dr. Rawson says that the practice of sleep therapy by dentists is challenging in Ontario because of the medical system there.  Sleep apnea is a medical condition that legally and technically has to be diagnosed by a medical professional, he says.  A medical doctor would typically refer a patient for a sleep study, usually done in a hospital setting or private medical facility, where the patient is monitored while they sleep.

Patients that are identified with moderate to severe sleep apnea are prescribed a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device, which is a large mask.  Quite often, Dr. Rawson says, there is very little follow up after that.

Dr. Rawson says that unless the factors leading up to a sleep issue, such as increased weight, increased medications and increased neck size have been removed, it's not likely the could get a good night sleep without a CPAP or oral appliance.

Dr. David Rawson's practice, the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre, is in London, Ontario and he is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV.