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Dr. Terry Billings Earns Board Certification with the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine

Local dentist, Terry J. Billings, DDS, has successfully completed all requirements and is now board certified by the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine (ABCDSM). Recognizing Pr. Pick’s achievement, ABCDSM President, Gary Demerjian, explained:
“Earning Diplomate, American Board of Dental Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine status is an important professional achievement that signifies to patients, dental, medical and other health professionals that the dentist has met the high standards of care set forth by the ABC DSM.”
Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine is the broad term used by dental and medical professionals to encompass airway issues related to Sleep Disordered Breathing. Diplomates evaluate and manage airway-related sleep disorders and are trained and experienced in overall oral health care, the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ), dental occlusion and associated oral structures. First used circa 1859, the term is derived from the root cranio (meaning “head or “skull”) andfacial (which refers to the face generally).
Dr. Billings, who practices at Billings Family Dentistry, 3101 7th Street in Metairie, exceeded all eligibility criteria designated by the ABCDSM for education, clinical experience and patient care. To earn the designation “Diplomate, American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine,” Dr. Billings also successfully completed a rigorous psychometrically-derived written certifying examination and patient case study presentations. Sleep disorders are estimated to affect more than 35 million Americans. Dentists with advanced training and experience in Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine can effectively assess, refer and manage airway issues related to Sleep Disordered Breathing.
Established in 1985 and headquartered in Reston, VA, the ABCDSM is an independent, nonprofit whose purpose is to conduct certification examinations in the field of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine. The ABCDSM adheres to the American Dental Association Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct, and advises all Diplomates to follow this code and their state or legal regulatory agency requirements, when advertising their status. For more information about the ABCDSM, visit http://www.abcdsm-us.org.

Local Dentist, Terry J. Billings, Earns Board Certification with the American Board of Craniofacial Pain


Metairie, LA and Reston, VA – September 2, 2018
– Local dentist, Terry J. Billings, DDS, has
successfully completed all requirements and is now board certified by the American Board of
Craniofacial Pain (ABCP). Recognizing Dr. Billings’ achievement, ABCP President, Jeanne K.
Bailey, DDS, explained:

“Earning Diplomate, American Board of Craniofacial status is an important professional
achievement that signifies to patients plus dental, medical and other health professionals
that the dentist has met the high standards of care set forth by the ABCP.”

Craniofacial Pain is the broad term used by dental and medical professionals to encompass all
pain disorders of the head, neck and face including: disorders of the temporomandibular joint (i.e.,
“TMJ” or jaw joint), headache disorders, dental sleep-related disorders plus neuromuscular,
neuropathic and other related disorders causing persistent pain and dysfunction of the craniofacial
structures. First used circa 1859, the term is derived from the root cranio (meaning “head or
“skull”) and facial (which refers to the face generally).

Dr. Billings, who practices at 3101 7th St, Metairie, LA, met or exceeded all eligibility criteria
designated by the ABCP for education, clinical experience and patient care. To earn the
designation “Diplomate, American Board of Craniofacial Pain,” Dr. Billings also successfully
completed a rigorous psychometrically-derived written certifying examination and oral case
defenses.

TMJ disorders are estimated to affect more than 35 million Americans. Dentists with advanced
training and experience in Craniofacial Pain can effectively assess, diagnose and manage TMJ
disorders conservatively.

Established in 1985 and headquartered in Reston, VA, the ABCP is an independent, nonprofit whose
purpose is to conduct certification examinations in the field of Craniofacial Pain. The ABCP adheres
to the American Dental Association Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct, and
advises all Diplomates to follow this code and their state or legal regulatory agency requirements,
when advertising their status.

For more information about the ABCP, visit www.abcp-us.org.

Contact:
Terry J. Billings, DDS, DABCP

My TMJ treatment has improved my overall health and well-being

Having been diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2003, I was fitted for a head-gear breathing apparatus to alleviate the condition. After struggling with discomfort and lack of sleep, I discontinued use of the device. During a visit to my cardiologist in 2017, I was ordered to take another sleep test which revealed that the condition had reached a dangerous level and that it must be addressed immediately. I shared with Dr. G. Johnson my concerns from the past and he informed me that a new mouth piece for this sleep disorder was available and referred me to Dr. Terry Billings, DDS.

I contacted Dr. Billings and during my first appointment with him, after a series of tests, he determined that I had another condition, TMJ, which would have to be treated before addressing the sleep disorder. He explained to me that I would have to wear mouthpieces, one by day and one by night, for twelve weeks to correct this issue. My instant reaction was that as a Catholic priest serving as the rector of the St. Louis Cathedral, I often celebrate televised Masses during which a mouthpiece would certainly be a deterrent. Dr. Billings patiently and understandingly explained that I really had no option but assured me that he would be able to make weekly adjustments to the mouthpieces that would help with these concerns.

Now as I approach the final weeks of this treatment, I am pleased to share that I have been most satisfied with the care and attention of both Dr. Billings and his staff. The level of professionalism and proficiency which I have experienced in the weekly office visits have made a challenging issue bearable. It is amazing to me what the treatment of the TMJ has done for my overall health and well-being and as I now await the mouthpiece to address my sleep disorder I am most grateful to Dr. Billings for his diagnosis and excellent treatment during this period of preparation for it.

Very Rev. Philip G. Landry
St. Louis Cathedral

Combination of our TMJ therapy and sleep apnea treatment

“So today we’re here with Zachary who is a combination of our TMJ therapy and sleep apnea patients. Tell us about your experience with what got you in to do a sleep study.”

“I couldn’t open my mouth and I knew that something was up. So I made a phone call to come in and they did like the little measurement and obviously it wasn’t what it was supposed to be. So, at first, I took some steroids and you know it went away and I was fine. And then a couple of weeks later it came back and I was, like, something must really be up. So I came back in to do a sleep test. So I did a sleep test and come to find out I had sleep apnea and TMJ as well. So I had to get these two appliances and after weeks of daily treatment I was able to recover. Now, I wake up feeling like a million bucks.”

“So you got full range of motion now and all your pain your shoulder pain and back pain and hip pain is all gone.”

Thank goodness for Doctor Billings

“This morning we are with Miss Jerry and Miss Jerry was one of our both pain and sleep patients. She was a patient of the practice long before we recognize her need for treatment of pain and sleep. Miss Jerry? Tell us how we how we found out about you having sleep apnea?”

“Dr Billings, you noticed that I had some grinding of the teeth. You asked me some questions about pain I was having jaw pain, ear pain, neck pain and head pain. You did ask me how I was sleeping. I’ve told you I was not sleeping well did not feel refreshed and was awakening constantly during the night.”

“It was something that was covered by my health insurance after Dr. Bilings worked with my insurance company to have that approved as a medical need. Thank goodness for Doctor Billings.”

Another happy and pain-free patient!!

“Erica is a another combination sleep apnea patient and TMJ inflammatory patients. Erica was able to get rid of a lot of the pain coming from headaches, jaw pain and back pain. After treatment at Dr. Billings Dentistry, Erica now has her life back. So again Billings Family Dentistry is happy to be part of Erica’s therapy and recovery.”