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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

 

Thursday
Aug302012

What Patients Can Expect During Their First Visit

Dr. Steve Lawson, of the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Winnipeg, says that first-time patients can expect to sit down and talk with Dr. Lawson about their concerns.  Dr. Lawson listens to the patient to make sense out of what he can do for them.

It is then a matter of stepping in and making sure they understand what's going on, what he can do and how he can help them.  Dr. Lawson says he will then do an examination and take images to find out what the problem is and get an accurate diagnosis.  Dr. Lawson uses a non-surgical, conservative approach, using an orthopedic appliance for sleep disorder breathing.  "Time spent with the patient is all about the patient," Dr. Lawson says.

Dr. Lawson is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV and more information about his practice can be found at www.tmjsnoring.ca.

Tuesday
Aug282012

New Study Finds Link Between Sleep Apnea and Cancer

More and more, there has been new information coming out about the negative health effects of obstructive sleep apnea, such as depression and increased blood pressure.  More recently, a new study has shown an increased risk of cancer associated with obstructive sleep apnea.

Dr. Steve Lawson, of the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Winnipeg, Canada says that this study showed nearly a 5x increased rate of cancer with those with sleep disorder breathing.  The study, he points out, did not say that OSA causes cancer but animal studies are showing that intermittent hypoxia, or lack of oxygen, does promote increased vascular growth and tumor growth.  In order words, OSA does not cause cancer but can make it worse.

Dr. Lawson says that this latest study is just another example of the negative health effects of OSA that can affect a lot of systems in the body.

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

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.

Sunday
May202012

Pediatric Sleep Disorders, Featuring Dr. Steve Lawson of the TMJ & Dental Sleep Centre Winnipeg Canada

Pediatric sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, are often mis-diagnosed and under-diagnosed because we assume only adults have obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, says Dr. Steve Lawson of the TMJ & Dental Sleep Centre of Winnipeg.  Dr. Lawson says that the numbers are "astounding" for children.

According to Dr. Lawson, at younger ages, there is an opportunity to diagnose and treat more definitively.  There are non-surgical options for children, such as the expansion of arches the open the airways and children as young as 4 or 5 can be treated.

Dr. Lawson says that research shows a significant correlation between obstructive sleep apnea and ADHD.  He says that he can turn kids from snorers and kids with very compromised situations into kids with the potential to breath.  The treatment can be "life changing," Dr. Lawson says.

For more information on Dr. Lawson's practice, visit www.tmjsnoring.ca.  Dr. Lawson is also a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV.