Biological Dentistry, Dental Sleep Issues
Helping the body to help itself using the least invasive technology following medical and biological dental concepts.
Areas of Focus:
Sleep apnea, snoring and sleep issues, functional dental medicine, cavitations, and chronic sinus problems. Non-surgical treatment of TMJ.
Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
Past Dean of Integrative Dental Medicine, Capital University of Integrative Medicine
Dr. Lowell Weiner received his traditional degree in dentistry from Howard University in 1968. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard including Navy training for approximately 10 years. He has been and always will be a student, teacher, and clinician. He was a Professor and Dean Emeritus of Integrated Dental Medicine at Capital University of Integrative Medicine. His interests and studies in Holistic health started in 1969, when he first became interested in how jaw and tooth problems affected swallowing, snoring, breathing, the sinuses and the rest of the body's total compensating mechanisms from head to toe.
Because of his interest, Dr. Weiner was invited and served as a consultant at Johns Hopkins University Hospital Swallowing Center. In addition, he has served either as a consultant, faculty or staff at Georgetown University Dental School, George Washington University Hospital Department of Radiology, University of Maryland Dental School and Sports Medicine Clinic. He has limited his practice to sleep apnea and dental sleep issues, cranio mandibular dysfunction and continues to be involved with both clinical treatment and research. He has lectured both nationally and internationally. He has served as an expert witness and is frequently asked to give second opinions for unusual complex dental medical treatments.
The educational and treatment areas on which Dr. Weiner has placed special emphasis are sleep apnea, snoring, the infection and integration of the teeth, head, neck and shoulder with the rest of the body, both as a cause and result of acute and chronic problems.
Dr. Weiner was recently interviewed for the Holistic Health Summit 2015:
Symptoms that are directly or indirectly related to dentistry and may be overlooked by MD’s are:
- Headaches (that persist despite treatment)
- Snoring/obstructive sleep apnea
- Head, neck, shoulder pain and dysfunctions
- Referred pain and dysfunction to other areas of the body that can be far removed from the teeth including pelvic pain, muscular pain, digestive problems, and visual problems
- Chronic fatigue
- Autonomic system dysfunction
These symptoms can be caused by a disruption of bacteria or the affect in energy meridians from dental fillings, shifted teeth (orthodontics), extractions or root canalled teeth, even when these procedures have been done carefully by well meaning specialists.
Each of us are biologically unique. The paradigm of following a standard approach for all patients for treatment is now outdated.
Approved materials and methods that follow Oriental and European Medicine models are now available which help us to understand and treat from an individual and unique biological perspective.
Each person must be evaluated individually and treated accordingly – and treatment must be sequenced according to the patients functional needs and not just to a medical formula. This is a reason why a large number of patients who are fitted for a c-pap machine (for sleep apnea) stop using them and why many times a dental device replaces it successfully.
All Dental and Medical materials are not suitable for all patients - There are tests available now that give individual indication for appropriateness.
Mercury fillings are not used in our offices and have not been used by Dr. Weiner since the early 80’s – all fillings that are used are considered bio-compatible.
Medical Alert – The organisms found in Periodontal disease (gum disease) and from bad teeth – previously treated or not –may be causing or contributing to stroke, cardiac and other life threatening or systemic conditions that have been difficult to diagnose or treat in the past without this new information from NIH.
To treat each human being as a unique individual utilizing all treatment approaches that may apply to help them in the short term and long term.
Keeping abreast of all possibilities. If you have been told by another practitioner that you have to live with a condition or that a radical treatment is necessary, such as surgery – seek another opinion.
"Very informative. Jessica was lovely and Dr. Weiner provided a lot of illuminating info. I look forward to my treatment plan." 9/16
"Very informative. Jessica was lovely and Dr. Weiner provided a lot of illuminating info. I look forward to my treatment plan." 9/16
Lowell B. Weiner, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.
Bachelor of Science, University of Maryland
College Park, MD, 1964
D.D.S., Howard University School of Dentistry
Washington, DC, 1968
EDUCATIONAL HONORS: Fellowship, Academy of General Dentistry, 1978
Certificate in Epigenetic Orthodontics Aug 24-26, 2012
Zirconia Certification Course Aug. 2012
American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, 22.5 Credits, June 2012:
Advanced Dental Sleep Medicine, From CPAP to Oral Appliance Therapy:Lessons of the Past and Perspectives for the Future, Sleep Tests Part 1:PSG and Portable Monitors, A Year in Review, OSA: Hypoxia Effects on the Brain, Dental and TMJ Side-Effects of Oral Appliances, Emerging Treatments for OSA, Adolescent Sleep- What is Normal/What is Not?, Pediatric Sleep, Oral Abstract Presentations, Compliance Monitoring in Oral Appliance Therapy, Sleep Testing Part 2: Confounding Conditions "Ambulatory Testing and PSG", The Human Circadian Timing System, Appliance Selection- What Do We Know Today?, Stroke and Cardiovascular Consequences of OSA, Geriatric Sleep, Complicating Condition and OSA.
American Heart Association certification for Healthcare Providers (CPR and AED) Program April, 2012
Rondeau Seminars "Dental Sleep Seminar", 14 lecture 2 participation, Sept. 2011
American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, "Treatment and Management of TMD, Airway and Sleep Disordered Breathing Problems" 12.5 hours, July 2011:
The Body's Ability to Correct the Face and the Airway: Epigenetic Morphogenesis, Guiding Craniofacial Growth and Development from Primary Dentition: Are Malocclusions and TMJ Preventable?, Replicating the Patient's Final Orthotic Position in Stage Two Reconstruction, Treatment of the Motor Component of Movement Disorder Patients, Pearls Presentation, Building Balanced Faces...Breaking Rules and Establishing a New Paradigm, Behavioral, Psychological, Physiological and Genetic Underpinnings of Chronic Temporomandibular Muscle and Joint Disorder (TMJD): The Initial Findings of the OPPERA Study, Sleep Apnea- Bridging the Gap Between Medicine and Dentistry, Innovation: From Discomfort to Proficiency, The Medical Significance of TMD: Integrating Medicine with Dentistry.
The Future of the Clinic: A Clinician to Clinician Collaborative Workshop, Metagenics Program, 4 hours March 2009
Reviving Emotional & Cognitive Health, Metagenics Program, April, 2009
The Emerging Therapeutic Target, Metagenics Programs, January, 2008
American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, June 2008:
Understanding Polysomnography and the Scoring of Respiratory Events in Sleep, Future of Sleep Medicine- PSG vs. Home Monitor Screening in Dental Practice and Economic Impact of OSA, Cardiovascular Complications of Sleep Apnea, Oral Presentations, Relationship Between Obstructive Sleep Apnea-Hypopnea and Obesity, Different Techniques in Upper Airway Imaging and Therapeutic Implication, Dynamic and Static Evalulation of the Upper Airway and its Role in OSA Management, Therapeutic Outcomes of Oral Appliances and Maxillofacial Surgery for OSA, Sleep Apnea Year-in-Review (Keynote), Orthodontic and Orthopedic Treatment of OSA in Children. Efficacy of Oral Appliance Therapy as an Adjunct to nCPAP, Oral Presentation, A Model for the Management of Patients with Snoring and OSA with OA's, Update of OSA Sugery Literature, Building Your Dental Sleep Medicine Practice with Snoring and OSA with OA's, Insurance Reimbursement: How to Get Paid & Third Party Payment Issues.
Advanced Laser Periodontal Surgery Training, 6 hours, December, 2005
American Academy of Biological Dentistry, Millenium Bugs: An Introduction to Coming Plagues, 21 hours, April 2001
Kelley Dental Laboratory, May, 2001
Dental, Medical and Scientific Conference on Sources, Diagnosis and Treatment of Oral Toxicities, Affinity Labeling Technologies, May 2001
American Academy of Head, Neck and Facial Pain, Diagnosis of Acute and Chronic Disease with a Cost Effective and Accurate Treatment Protocol, 12 hours Jan. 2000:
Pharmacotherapeutics, Physiology, Anesthesia and Pain Control, Myofascial Pain, TM Disorders, Kinesiology.
The Foundation for Better Health Care, Continuing Medical Education, 15 hours, December, 2000
Homeopathy, Nutrition II, Neural Therapy II, Dental Medicine II, 24 hours, Feb. 1998-1999
Neural Therapy II, Nutrition II, Integrative Dental Medicine II, 14 hours, March 1998-1999
Integrative Medicine Assessment, 6 hours April 1998-1999
LICENSES: Maryland, District of Columbia, and New York
General practice, 44 years with special interest in research, diagnosis, and treatment of temporomandibular joint disturbances, craniomandibular orthopedics, E.M.G. Diagnosis, Myofacial Pain Dysfunction, Dysphagia, and bone cavitations (osteonecrosis). Practice has centered on teaching and treating Craniomandibular/Cervical and Oral Pharyngeal Dysfunction, Sleep Apnea and Snoring. Ultrasound sonography and osteonecrosis surgery. During the last five ears, the focus has been on integrating the medical components of biological dentistry to whole person treatment involving the sequencing of alternative treatments that are fully integrated with all health care providers for the most efficacious treatment that is cost effective and encourages patient involvement.
Professor Emeritus of Dental Medicine, Capital University of Integrative Medicine, June 2006
Dean, Integrative Dental Medicine, Capital University of Integrative Medicine, 1996-2001, Dean Emeritus, 2002
Professor of Integrative Dental Medicine, Capital University of Integrative Medicine, 1996-2003
International Medical Health Sciences Conference, Switzerland. Presentation on Integrative Medical Dentistry, 1997
Providence Hospital, Washington, DC--On Staff, Instructor, Dental Residents, 1981-1984
University of Maryland, School of Dentistry, Myo-Oral Facial Pain Clinic, Baltimore, MD. Clinical Instructor (part-time), TMJ and Headaches, 1979-1981
Georgetown University, School of Dentistry, Washington, DC. Clinical Instructor (Part-time), Occlusion and TMJ, 1976-1979
AFFILIATIONS, PAST & PRESENT:
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC. Assistant Professorial Lecturer in Radiology, 1986-1990
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Swallowing Center, Baltimore, MD, Dental Consultant 1982-1986
University of Maryland, Sports Medicine Clinic, College Park, MD, Staff Consultant, 1983-1985
Providence Hospital, Washington, DC, On Staff. 1982-1984
United States Powerlifting Federation, Dental Consultant to Medical Committee, 1983
Chevy Chase Nursing Home, Silver Spring, MD. Volunteer.
Young Adult Drug Rehabilitation Center, Rockville, MD. Volunteer.
PUBLICATIONS & ARTICLES--PUBLISHED/SUBMITTED:
Draft: Paper "Swallowing Dysfunction in Minor Head Trauma Patients," Lowell B. Weiner, D.D.S., David J. Curtis, M.D., David F. Cruess, Ph.D.
"Standards Determined for Evaluation of Permanent Impairment Following Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Injuries," I.M. Kemons, O.L. Rogal, D.J. Phillips, Jr., B.C. Stack, L.B. Weiner, J.R. Crain. Indian Journal of Dental Research, 1990
"Radionuclide Evaluation of Patients with Post-Traumatic Oral-Pharyngeal Disorders." E. Kotlyarov, L.B. Weiner, R. Reba, The George Washington University. The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, May 1990
"Recommended Guide to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment of the Temporomandibular Joint." D.J. Phillips, D.D.S., .J. Walters, D.D.S., O.J. Rogal, D.D.S., B.C. Sack, D.D.S., L.B. Weiner, D.D.S., I.M. Klemons, D.D.S. CRANIO, January 1989, Vol. 7, No. 1.
"Monitoring Ocular Change That May Accompany Use of Dental Appliances and/or Osteopathic Craniosacral Manipulations in the Treatment of TMJ and Related Problems." Lowell B. Weiner, D.D.S., Leslie Grant, O.D., Alan Grant, O.D. CRANIO, July 1987, Vol. 5, No. 3.
"The Hidden Persuader: Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction and Phantom Pain." Dombroff, M., and Weiner L. TRIAL Magazine, February, 1986, 40-43.
"The Mandibular Orthopedic Repositioning Appliance and Its Effect on Power Production in Conditioned Athletes." Timothy J. Moore, M.D., D. Lane Santa Maria, Ed.D., Bradley D. Hatfield, PhD., Margaret N. Ryder, Ph.D., Lowell B. Weiner, D.D.S. The Physician and Sports Medicine, Vol. 14, No. 12, December 1986
"Biological Implications of a Mandibular Orthopedic Repositioning Appliance (MORA)." Weiner, Lowell B., Proceeding of the Relationship of the Intra-Oral Protective Devices to Athletic Injuries and Athletic Performance, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, School of Dentistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 75-97, 1982
"Intra-Subject Reliability of Frequency Response of an EMG Integrator Averager," Buxbaum, J., Parente, F., Graham, M.M., Ramsey, W., Weiner, L., Cylus, G., Grace, E., and Staling, L. 1980: AIDR, March, 58, General Session, J.Dent.Researach 59" #200. Abstracts.
"Occlusal Evaluation of Masticatory EMG in Myo-Oral Facial Pain Patients," Staling, L., Ramsey, W., Clus, G., Grace, E., Weiner, L., Buxbaum, J., and Graham, MM 1980: IADR General Session. J. Dent. Research 59: #198. Abstracts.
TEXTBOOKS: Dysfunction with or Without Functional Occlusion: the Neuro-Muscular Physiologic Basis of Myo-Oral Facial Pain: Chapter, Headaches. University of Maryland, School of Dentistry, 1980
“New Diagnostic Procedures to Evaluate Dysphagia for the Physician”
Two studies in Dysphagia, one study in Visual Disturbances Related to Jaw Biomechanics, one study on Neuromuscular Relationship to the Swallowing Mechanism
INTERNATIONAL INVITATIONAL PARTICIPATION:
First International Symposium on Clinical and Research Issues in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.” Limited to participants actively involved in research & clinical applications. National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, June 1985
PRESENTER OR CONTRIBUTOR:
Insurance Defense Seminar, Baltimore/Washington
“Medical Overview of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) as it Relates to Head/Neck/Shoulder Instability,” 1991
National Traumatic Brain Injury Symposium, Baltimore, MD
“Relationships of Dysphagia in Head and Neck Rehabilitation,” 1991
Montgomery County Medical Society, Silver Spring, MD
“TMJ—A Medical Reality?” 1989
Physical Therapy and Sports Fitness Association Conference, Baltimore, MD
“Biting the Upper Quadrant.” 1989
Association of University Radiologists, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.
“Post-Traumatic Swallowing Abstract,” D.J. Curtis, M.D., L.B. Weiner, D.D.S., M. Crain, M.D. The George Washington University Medical Center, 1988
Association of University of Radiologists, Charleston, SC.
“Normal Mixed Bolus Swallowing,” D.J. Curtis, M.D., L.B. Weiner, D.D.S. The George Washington Univ. Medical Ctr., 1987
Annual Symposium on Clinical Management of Head, Facial and Neck Pain and TMJ Disorders. “Clinical Evaluation of Headache and Associated Visual Disturbances,” Presented at the American Academy of Head, Neck, TMJ, 1987
WNTR Radio: Two-hour presentation sponsored by Montgomery County Medical Society. “Interrelations of Jaw Dysfunctions and Head, Neck, Shoulder Bio-Mechanics.”
The George Washington University Hospital, Department of Rehabilitation and Speech Therapy, Washington, DC. “The Jaw Relationship to Head, Neck and Shoulder Problems,” 1985
National Institutes of Health, Department of Rehabilitative Medicine, Bethesda, MD. “The Biomechanical Interrelationship of the Craniomandibular/Cervical Mechanism to the Total Body Posture,” 1985.
The Johns Hopkins Hospital Swallowing Center, Department of Rehabilitative Medicine. The Good Samaritan Hospital, Baltimore, MD, Lecture Presentation, 1984
DC National Capital Optometry Conference, Optometry Day, 1984, Washington, DC. “Understanding Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome,” Techniques in treatment; monitoring the ocular changes in corneal curvature, refractive error and anatomical variations which accompany TMJ therapy.
Optometric Education Program, Rockville, MD. “Understanding Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome,” 1984. A.G.D. Radio Information Series, taped updates on dentistry and the news: Distributed By A.G.D. to 1500 radio stations internationally.
The Johns Hopkins Hospital Swallowing Center, Lecture: “The Mandible and its Relationship to Swallowing,” 1983
University of Michigan School of Dentistry, W.K. Kellogg Foundation Institute, Ann Arbor, MIK. “MORA—Why it Works: The Relationship of Intra-Oral Protective Devices to Athletic Injuries and Athletic Performance.” 1982
Psychophysiological Clinic, University of Maryland Medical School, Baltimore, MD. “The Relationship of Bruxism to Headache and Facial Pain,” 1980
Baltimore Study Club, Baltimore, MD.
“TMJ—A New Outlook,” 1980
“Osteopathy and Dentistry (Cranial-Sacral Relationships Affecting Dentistry),” Clinical Instructor and Table Monitor June/July 1983, 1984 and 1985. Lecture on “Swallowing Relationships,” Georgetown University School of Dentistry, Washington, DC
“Innovative Dental Work to Improve the Efficiency of Medical Treatment,” Lecture Presentation, 1984. Baltimore Therapy Clinic, Lutherville, MD
“Symptoms and the Dental Treatment of Head, Neck and Shoulder Chronic Pain Patients,” Lecture/Slide Presentation, 1984. Washington Adventist Hospital, Physical Therapy Department, Takoma Park, MD
“The Jaw Connection to Head and Neck Problems,” Lecture presentation 1983. Washington Hospital Center, Physical Therapy Staff, Washington, DC
“Diagnosis and Treatment of Myo-Oral Facial Pain,” 1981. Univ. of Maryland, Donaldson-Brown Center, Port Deposit, MD
University of Maryland Myo-Oral Facial Pain Clinic, Slide/Tape presentation, Maryland State Dental Convention, 1980.
Table Clinic, “TMJ Update in Teaching Modalities,” 1980. Dental Society Convention, Washington, DC.
Lecture and Demonstrations with Patients to Senior Dental Students, weekly 1979-1980, University of Maryland Dental School, Myo-Oral Facial Pain Clinic
Presentations on Facial Pain, Dental Assistants Program, 1968. Prince George’s Community College
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, PAST & PRESENT:
Academy of General Dentistry—Fellow President, Southern Maryland Chapter, 1979-81
Washington Gnathological Society—President 1980-82
Washington Society for Occlusal Studies—President, 1980-82
Academy for Sports Dentistry—Charter Member
American Association of Functional Orthodontists— Founding Member
Academy of Oral Dynamics
Academy of Stress and Chronic Disease
American Academy of Head, Facial and Neck Pain and TMJ Orthopedics—Fellow and Board Member
American Academy of Oral Medicine
American Association for the Study of Headache
American Association of Dental Consultants
American College of Sports Medicine
American Dental Association
American Equilibration Society
American Academy of Pain Management
Cranial Academy, American Academy of Osteopathy
Craniomandibular Society of Maryland
District of Columbia Dental Society
Functional Jaw Orthopedic Study Club of Virginia
International Association for the Study of Pain
Maryland State Dental Society
Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland
Montgomery County Medical Society
Southern Maryland Dental Society
Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc.
Undersea Medicine—Hyperbaric Medicine
United States Powerlifting Federation
Dental Consultant to Medical Committee