As a healthcare professional you certainly realize that few parts of your body play as many roles in everyday life as your mouth, teeth, jaws, facial muscles, and other related structures. Daily acts of self-expression — such as talking, laughing or smiling — use these structures to shape the sounds we make and help mold our appearance. They also work together to help all of our patients enjoy their favorite foods.
If, however, someone comes to your office suffering from an orofacial pain or a temporomandibular problem (TMD) it is likely that his or her whole world has changed. These conditions can disrupt nearly every aspect of a person’s daily life.
In addition to causing physical discomfort, orofacial pain and TMD can significantly alter dietary choices, lead to medication overuse, limit intimacy and ultimately be responsible for emotional distress and frustration.
Knowing where to send these patients for personal and responsible care is something you need to know. As a result of my advanced training, over 35 years of experience, and commitment to teaching dental students, residents, and peers, my practice is uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat patients who present with orofacial pain, temporomandibular disorders, tension headaches, snoring, and obstructive sleep apnea.
I will treat your patients with the compassion, understanding and personal attention that you want and that they deserve. Though these are difficult problems, I embrace these patients, validate their symptoms, and assure them that their symptoms are real and not “in their head”.
This philosophy has helped me improve the quality of life for thousands of patients who have suffered from painful orofacial conditions. My practice can make a difference for those suffering needlessly and you can be assured that I will make every effort to help your patients on the road to recovery.
I am available for speaking engagements and lectures around the country. Feel free to contact me if your study group, practice, or class would benefit from a presentation about TMD, facial pain, dental sleep problems, or the pros and cons of treating jaw problems with Botox®.
I am also available to the media as an expert on the above topics. Here is a recent segment about Botox® for teeth grinding on Good Morning America – (click on the image):
More about Dr. Tanenbaum
- B.A., Biology, 1978, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
- D.D.S., Doctor of Dental Surgery, 1982, Columbia University, NY, NY
- M.P.H., Masters of Public Health, 1982, Columbia University, NY, NY
- 2010- 2012 Council Chair, American Academy of Orofacial Pain
- 2009-2010 President, American Academy of Orofacial Pain
- 2008-2009 President Elect American Academy of Orofacial Pain
- 2007-2008 Treasurer, American Academy of Orofacial Pain
- 2007 Program Chairman, AAOP Scientific Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
- 2006-2007 Secretary, American Academy of Orofacial Pain
- 2001-2009 Member of Council, American Academy of Orofacial Pain
- 1998-2001 Newsletter Editor, American Academy of Orofacial Pain
- 1998-2001 Secretary and Board Member, American Board of Orofacial Pain
- 1996-1997 Board Member, American Board of Orofacial Pain
- 1996-1997 Test Formulation Committee, American Board of Orofacial Pain
- April 1995 Diplomate, American Board of Orofacial Pain
- April 1991 Fellow, American Academy of Orofacial Pain
- April 1991 Elected for Membership in The American Academy of Orofacial Pain
- Jan. 1989 Diplomate, American Academy of Pain Management
- 1991-1992 President, Northeast Craniomandibular Society
- 1989-1990 Vice President, Northeast Craniomandibular Society
- 1981 Dunning Memorial Scholar, Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery
- 1978 B.A., Cum Laude, University of Pennsylvania
- November 2010 – Present, Clinical Assistant Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
- January 2004 – Present, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery,
School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook University
- May 1994 – Present, Section Head, Associate Attending Orofacial Pain/TMD Dental Sleep
Medicine Section Department of Dental Medicine Northwell Health
System New Hyde Park NY
- October 1989 – 2000, Assistant Attending – Facial Pain Section Department of Dental Medicine
Beth Israel Medical Center, New York NY
- September 1984 – 1994, Assistant Attending – Head and Neck Pain Clinic Department of Dentistry
Queens Hospital Center, Jamaica NY
- November 1984 – December 1985, Clinical Instructor – Facial Pain Center Columbia University,
New York NY
1994 – 2017:
Course Director/TMD and Orofacial Pain/SUNY Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine/4th year
students, 20 hours of orofacial pain/sleep education from January –March.
Director of yearly Facial Pain/TMD/Sleep lectures for the General Practice Dental and Pediatric
Dental Residents within the Dept. of Dental Medicine, Northwell Health System at Long Island
Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY
Host of orofacial pain/sleep clinical rotations for residents of the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, Dental Anesthesia Residency Program
- December 2017, TMD Problems, Spear Physical Therapy Seminars
- November 2017, Sleep Disordered Breathing and the Practicing Dentist, Greater NY Dental Meeting
- November 2017, Persistent Orofacial and Toothache Problems, The Oral Surgery Wisdom Study Club
- October 2017, Integrating Sleep Care Services into Dental Practices, Dental 365 Seminar
- October 2017, Persistent Orofacial Pain Problems, Lecture at the American College of Prosthodontics
- October 2017, Trigeminal Neuralgia Thru The Eyes of a Orofacial Pain Dentist, The TN Support Group
- September 2107, TMD Disorders, Lecture at NY Oral Surgery Study Club
- September 2017, Lecture at New Jersey Dental Study Club, Identifying the Patient at Risk For Developing Persistent Orofacial Pain
- April 2017, Identifying the Patient at Risk For Developing Persistent Orofacial Pain and Painful Disorders of the Head and Neck, NY County Dental Society
- April-May 2017, TMD/Orofacial Pain Lectures, New York VA Dental Residency Program
- April 2017, TMD Lecture to the Cohen’s Veteran Network at NYU
- April 2017, Identifying the Patient at Risk For Developing Persistent Orofacial Pain, Columbia University School of Dental Medicine, Alumni Day
- March 2017, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Orofacial Pain Challenges, Lecture to Dental Students and GPR/Specialty Residents
- February 2017, Identifying the Patient at Risk For Developing Persistent Orofacial Pain, American Equilibration Society, Chicago, Illinois