TMJ & Sleep Therapy Research -Education -Training -Resources

A Structural and Functional Approach

by Dr Steven Olmos



drolmosDr. Steven Olmos is an internationally recognized lecturer and researcher, and the founder of the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre’s International. He graduated from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry, and has dedicated the past 25 years to the fields of craniofacial pain, TMD and sleep disordered breathing. He has extensive post graduate education and board certifications in both craniofacial pain and dental sleep medicine. Dr. Olmos is an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, where his system of diagnosis and treatment are utilized at the school’s Craniofacial Pain Center. He is currently directing research in these fields through data collection at 28 TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre’s spanning 5 Countries including the Craniofacial Pain Center at the University of Tennessee. This effort is focused to establish protocols between dentistry and medicine for optimal treatment outcomes.

Functional Orthotic Design is the chosen Australian Laboratory Accredited with Olmos Protocols and continues building relationships with Dental Professionals in these fields. Dr Olmos conducts educational visits and advanced training schools each year in Australia with Body Logic Resources, Digital Dental and Functional Orthotic Design providing valuable assistance.


  • Diplomate, American Board of Craniofacial Pain
  • Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • Diplomate, American Board of Craniofacial Pain-Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine
  • Diplomate, American Academy of Pain Management
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orofacial Pain
  • Fellow, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
  • Fellow, International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics
  • Fellow, Academy of Dentistry International
  • Fellow, International Association of Orthodontics
  • Certified,Head and Neck Imaging
  • Certified, Motor Vehicle Injuries
  • Certified, Pharmacology
  • Certified/Diplomate, Electrodiagnostics, Bio-Research, Inc.
  • Post-Doctoral Certifications: Diplomate, American Board of Craniofacial Pain
  • Diplomate, American Academy of Pain Management
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orofacial Pain
  • Fellow, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
  • Fellow, International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics
  • Course Certifications: Certified in Head & Neck Imaging by the American Academy of Head, Neck, and Facial Pain at Baylor College of Dentistry Center for Professional Development

airway-2Certified in Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries by the American Academy Of Craniofacial Pain

Certified in Pharmacology by the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain

Electromodalities: Certified – Diplomate from BioResearch Assoc. Inc Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) Electromyography (EMG) Electrognathology (EGN) Senior Instructor: International Association of Orthodontics


Sleep Disorder Associations: Certified, Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Dentistry Member, Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

Publications: Steven R, Olmos, Donna Silverman, Wm Halligan The Effects Of Condyle Fossa Relationships on Head Posture Journal of Cranio-mandibular Practice, 2005 Vol. 23 (1) 48-52

Steven R. Olmos “Functional Anatomy – TM Pathology PennWell, Dental CE Digest January 2007

Steven R. Olmos Clinical Examination, Diagnosis of TMD and Associated Head Pain Penn Well Dental CE Digest January 2007

Steven R. Olmos  The Ideal TM Position –  Appliance Therapy PennWell Dental CE Digest January 2007

Steven R.  Olmos Sleep Disordered Breathing PennWell Dental CE Digest January 2007

Gurdev Dave Singh, Steven Olmos Use of Sibilant Phoneme Registration Protocol to Prevent Upper Airway Collapse in Patients with TMD Sleep and Breathing 2007

Education Programs Developed and Taught by Dr. Steven Olmos

  • Introduction to TMD Studies 2-Day (Level I) – A stable TMJ should be first obtained before restorative, orthodontic or prosthetic treatment. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to diagnose and treat basic TM Dysfunction.
  • TMD & Sleep Studies Mini-Residency (Level II) – This comprehensive 3 session program will give you the skills that are needed to be sure the correct cranio-mandibular position is correct, the necessary treatment for rehabilitation of an injured joint and establishing the correct airway. This course includes over 1200 pages of course manuals and presents the philosophies of the following North American Associations: These organizations are the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, American Academy of Pain Management, and the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics.
  • Advanced TMD Residency (ATMDR) (Level III) – Doctors spend 6 weekends with Dr. Olmos and his staff developing hands-on skills, while treating actual patients using Dr. Olmos protocols and systems for the delivery of complete TMD and sleep disordered breathing care. Pre requesite-completion of Mini-Residency didactic program.


Lecture topics have included:

  • Stable TM Joints and Patient Airways Through Orthodontics
  • The Most Important Aspect of Appliance Therapy; the TM Joint
  • Myth Busting with Technology
  • Oral Appliance Therapy For Snoring and Sleep Disordered Breathing
  • Practical Pain Medicine for the Dentist: The Broader Scope of TMD
  • Joint vibration analysis, indications, methods and importance in treatment planning.

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