Dr. David Lawler, DDS
Dr. Lawler has a practice limited to the management of temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ), chronic head and neck pain as well as the management of sleep-related breathing disorders. While traditional medical approaches consider chronic head and neck pain and sleep-related breathing disorders such as sleep apnea to be separate, unrelated issues, Dr. Lawler sees them as related conditions. His practice, devoted to helping people feel better, is unique in Indiana.
Being the only dentist in southern Indiana board certified by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, he has earned more than 1000 hours of post-graduate education in the study of sleep-related breathing disorders and has trained with some of the world’s leading authorities on the dental management of TMJ, Snoring, Sleep Apnea and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS).
Dr. Lawler is also a certified Oral Systemic Balance practitioner and is a part of a core group of students working with Dr. Farrand Robson, the developer of Oral Systemic Balance. Dr. Robson’s work is groundbreaking and has revealed the most basic physiologic system in the body and the oral origin of a variety of often debilitating symptoms as well as the neuromuscular mechanisms that maintain the oral system. The therapeutic system Dr. Robson developed is based on these discoveries and is designed to be broadly used by trained practitioners.
Though he is committed to help raise awareness about the true origin of a great deal of head and neck pain as well as the consequences of untreated sleep-related breathing disorders, Dr. Lawler is equally committed to raising the awareness of the importance of Dr. Robson’s work to both the medical and laymen communities. He has lectured to various dental organizations throughout the United States and gives both public and professional lectures at IU Health Bloomington Hospital, where he is on staff and involved in research. Dr. Lawler has served on the board of directors of the Indiana Society of Sleep Professionals as medical advisor.