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15 years Experience with Oral appliance experiences. Better than CPAP

Authored By:- Dr. Ira Shapira

John describes his journey from CPAP to Oral Appliance Therapy. He was originally diagnosed with sleep apnea over 15 years ago. While effective it was cumbersome and not well suited to his preferred position of stomach sleeping. Amazing Results with TAP Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance in Chicago Watch The Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haxLDg8ZZfA John originally wore the TAP 1 Appliance by Airway management. The TAP 1 appliance is historically the single most effective appliance for severe sleep apnea. It is very easy for patients to titrate on their own at home. After the snoring is eliminated a follow-up sleep study is required to insure success.Dr Shapira will usually start severe… Read Full Post

Sleep apnea patient could not tolerate CPAP or first oral appliance. Second oral appliance changed he

Authored By:- Dr. Ira Shapira

A sleep apnea patient discusses how she was unable to tolerate CPAP and how when she first tried an oral appliance she was unsuccessful she then discusses how Dr. Shapira made a recycle clients and that plane secured everything and she's feeling better than she has in many years Visit www.ThinkBetterLife.com Watch the Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BxuX9Yso1I Oral Appliances are the comfortable alternative to CPAP.  Learn how they can improve your quality of life. Ira L Shapira DDS, D,ABDSM, D,AAPM, FICCMO Chair, Alliance of TMD Organizations Diplomat, American Academy of Pain Management Diplomat, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine Regent & Fellow, International… Read Full Post

Ed, A Pilot Describes How Oral Appliance For Sleep Apnea Improved his Life

Authored By:- Dr. Ira Shapira

Patient with long term sleep appliance describes how "It is the best thing that could have possibly happened to him"  He has been wearing appliance for 9 years and wake refeshed, energized and feeling great.  CPAP was not compatible with patient in spite of serious efforts to make it work. Wearing appliance sine 2007 and is sleeping very well. "BEST POSSIBLE SOLUTION TO MY PROBLEMS" Watch the Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WsNhOE0wvw Dr Shapira treats Sleep Apnea, fatigue and excessive daytime sleepiness in his Gurnee and Highland Park offices. Learn More at:  http://www.ThinkBetterLife.com http://www.IHateCPAP.com www.DelanyDentalCare.com Dr Shapira's Highland Park office is… Read Full Post

Patient Dreaming Again, Sleep Improved, Daytime Functioning Better and Wife is very Happy

Authored By:- Dr. Ira Shapira

Amazing Improvements in Life with Oral Appliance Watch the Video!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXpKyrdizvY Scott explains how after having a sleep apnea appliance from Dr. Shapra he is aware of dreaming again for the first time since childhood. He was referred by a friend who also had great esults. His wife is very happy with quiet nights in the bedroom and a husband who is happy and alert. Scott feels that everything is life is great due to better sleep. The quality of sleep affects each and every aspect of our life, our health, our moods and how we interact with friends and family. Learn more about treatment of Sleep Apnea in Chicago and the North Shore at: www.ThinkBetterLife.… Read Full Post

CPAP Alternative - A simple, effective, and more comfortable option for sleep apnea and snoring

Authored By:- Dr. Ira Shapira

Mike describes his experience with CPAP. Since he found it loud and uncomfortable, he tried an alternate option. Dr. Shapira, in Highland Park, Illinois, provided him with a dental appliance for his sleep apnea and snoring. Mike has used this appliance for 6 years now and has found relief and has been able to get better, healthier sleep.    Visit http://www.thinkbetterlife.com  to learn how we can use neuromuscular dental techniques to help with your sleep apnea and snoring. Sleep disorders often result in fatigue, trouble concentrating, memory loss, relationship problems, a decrease in job performance, among other effects. Simple dental devices are available to help you stop snoring,… Read Full Post

Sleep apnea patient Larry has Great Results wearing sleep appliance 10 years

Authored By:- Dr. Ira Shapira

Larry describes how his sleep appliance makes his wife happy and is great for his marriage. He knows he is in trouble if he doesn't wear it. His wife will take care of it. Watch The Video on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpxGYFW175s Recommend sleep appliance to everyone and anyone. Chicago Sleep Apnea Treatment www.NorthShroesleepdentist Highland Park www.ThinkBetterLife.com Gurnee www.DelanyDentalCare.com www.IHateCPAP.com Headaches, Migraines and TMJ disorders www.IHateHeadaches.org www.ThinkBetterLife.com   Ira L Shapira DDS, D,ABDSM, D,AAPM, FICCMO Chair, Alliance of TMD Organizations Diplomat, American Academy of Pain Management Diplomat, American Board of Dental… Read Full Post

Sleep apnea Patient Using TAP Appliance to Treat Sleep Apnea : Sleep Apnea Testimonial

Authored By:- Dr. Ira Shapira

Patient with Sleep Apnea loves his oral appliances that treats his sleep apnea. $ years into appliance and life is great. No Snoring, No Apnea , No Morning Headaches. Oral Appliances offer a comfortable and effective method of treating sleep apnea and snoring. Dr Shapira is a pioneer in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine and has been treating snoring and sleep apnea since 1982. He became a visiting Assistant Professor at Rush Medical School in 1985. Watch the Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8NSLk9MHwg No CPAP! No Hose, No Mask No CPAP Machine Chicago/ Highland Park www.ThinkBetterLife.com www.NorthShoreSleepDentist.com www.IHATECPAP.com Gurnee www.DelanyDentalCare.com… Read Full Post

Ankylosing Spondylitis, Severe Migraines, TMJ, Sleep Apnea and Chronic Daily Headaches

Authored By:- Dr. Ira Shapira

Ankylosing Spondylitis:     Severe Migraines Chronic Daily Headaches Treatment with neuromuscular dentistry, ULF-TENS and SPG Blocks These  three videos are Daniels Story of recovery from TMJ, Migraines, Chronic Daily Headaches and disability caused by Ankylosing Spondylitis.   The first video was at the end of the consultation appointment... He had had an SPG Block , ULF TENS and a myobite as a temporary orthotic while his appliance was made. The second video is the day his neuromuscular orthotic was delivered and he can again lift his son. The third is at the 6 month point in treatment. He is celebrating being completely off Methadone for pain after being on extremely high doses for… Read Full Post

Bite Changes From Somnodent Appliance. Experience with TMJ disorders is important in Sleep Apnea Treatment

Authored By:- Dr. Ira Shapira

The following post was originally from wwwThinkBetterLife.com and was an answer to a patients concern.  Bite changes can and do occur but rarely cause long-term problems.  Dentists treating Sleep Apnea with oral appliances should understand treatment of TMJ disorders (temporomandibular disorders or TMD) Julie's Question: I have obstructive sleep apnea and I wear a Somnomed appliance at night. As a result, my bottom teeth and top teeth are meeting on top of each other and the bottom teeth are off to the side. I would to be able to straighten my bite and wear the sleep appliance at night. Is this possible? Please let me know if you have additional questions. I have consulted a prosthodontist… Read Full Post

Sleep Apnea Treatment: CPAP and Oral Appliances are Equivalent According to Outcome Studies. Patients Prefer Comfortable Oral Appliance to CPAP Chicago Dentist Leader in Oral Appliance Therapy

Authored By:- Dr. Ira Shapira

Oral Appliances are preferred over by 95% of patients with Sleep Apnea yet CPAP is usually prescribed even in mild and moderate sleep apnea when outcomes are equal. Patient Testimonials say it all! Do CPAP Companies Pay Kickbacks to promote CPAP? CHICAGO, IL, April 09, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Treatment of sleep apnea is essential. CPAP was once considered the Gold Standard of Care but today Oral Appliances are considered a First Line Approach equal to CPAP for mild to moderate Sleep Apnea and an alternative for severe apnea when the patient does not tolerate or prefers oral appliance therapy.  Patients generally don't like CPAP, in fact only 25% use CPAP as recommended but 60% abandon it… Read Full Post