Dentistry’s New Direction – “The Starting Point”
by Steven Olmos, DDS, DABCP, DABCDSM, DABDSM, DAAPM, FAAOP, FAACP, FICCMO, FADI, FIAO
I am so excited to be a dentist in the year 2014. I started out way back in 1977 as a freshman at the University of Southern California dental school wanting to help people by relieving their pain and preventing them from having it. As my practice evolved from giving relief from dental, bony and soft tissue infections, inflammation and injuries to the relief of Craniofacial Pain and Sleep Breathing Disorders, I am impressed. I am impressed and proud that we have a profession that is so expansive in its’ ability to help people that we can limit our services to addressing medical conditions as a Dentist.
Orthopedic dysfunction of joints (TMD), chronic facial, mouth, and head pain as well as bstructive sleep breathing disorders, are all medical conditions. Sleep bruxism is identified as a medical movement disorder like PLMD (Periodic Limb Movement Disorder) in the category of a “Sleep Related Movement Disorders” by the International Classification of Sleep Disorders.
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