Welcome toSteven B. Syrop, DDS
Dr. Syrop is recognized as a leading expert on Facial Pain and Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ, TMD) and in the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring with the use of oral appliances. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. Dr. Syrop has a philosophy that focuses on conservative care avoiding expensive and unnecessary treatment.
Patients with facial pain, TMD /TMJ or headaches often come in having failed previous treatments and with worries about their problem. Dr. Syrop’s goal is to educate patients, allay their fears and give them hope for the future. He is located in Rockefeller Center in the heart of New York City and also in Briarcliff Manor in Westchester New York. Throughout his career he has always combined private practice with academic involvement.
He was the director of the Facial Pain Program at Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine, and he is chief of the TMD facial pain service at Weill Cornell Medical Center and is Co-director of the TMD Facial Pain program at Touro College of Dental Medicine. He is the author of numerous articles about TMD and Facial pain; he is in demand as a speaker at scientific meetings.
Dr. Syrop’s practice is different from most other dental offices. There are two types of patients that are treated. The first group are those with facial pain, TMD/TMJ , headaches and jaw problems. The second group are those patients with sleep apnea and snoring problems. There are very few practices that are devoted to treating so many people with these types of problems. The goal for those patients with TMD and orofacial pain is to reduce pain levels, improve function and get back to a normal life. For those with sleep apnea or snoring the goal is to have a good nights sleep without disturbing their sleep partner.
We will customize the treatment so you can achieve lasting relief. In addition to treating temporomandibular joint disorder, TMJ, we also provide treatment for sleep apnea. 85% to 90% of TMD patients respond well to conservative care such as jaw exercises, awareness of clenching and tooth grinding, medications and oral appliances. More advanced treatment is available for those who need it such as Botox. Our main treatment for sleep apnea is an oral appliance that you wear at night. It will help keep the lower jaw forward keeping the airway open and prevent the snoring and apnea. There are various designs of appliances and we will select the right one for your needs. Another sleep apnea treatment is known as a CPAP machine. It blows air through the nose and mouth; although effective the compliance is low. Many of our patients are those who cannot tolerate CPAP. We can help you determine the most effective option for your needs.
To begin the treatment process, we will need to gather information on your medical history, current condition, allergies, insurance, and other related factors. We will need to review any past treatments that were ineffective in treating your orofacial pain, as well. After conducting an examination, we will customize the treatment plan to your specific needs. We will take the time to go over any questions or concerns you have about the treatment during the appointment. We are here to help you achieve the relief you need and will guide you through the treatment process. The first step is to call us and schedule an appointment to begin the path toward healing.