Philosophy of Care

I like to think of my patients as though they were members of my family. I want them to have the quality of care they can appreciate and that I would expect for myself or my family. That’s why I try to stay current with the latest findings in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is much more than white teeth but rather about healthy form and function including posture and facial contours as well as physiologic health. My patients deserve every advantage possible. I used to merely practice cosmetic dentistry, but now I find I am changing people’s lives. My patents involve the collection of stem cells that can be used in lieu of embryonic stem cells. - Ira L. Shapira, DDS, FICCMO

Education And Professional Affiliations

  • Dr. ShapiraBachelor of Science, Microbiology Ohio State University
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery Loyola University Chicago (1977)
  • Rush Medical School - Visiting Assistant Professor-Sleep Disorder Center (1986-1991)
  • 2015 Chair/TMD Alliance - American Alliance Temporomandibular Organization
  • Secretary & Fellow of the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics Former International Regent, Lecturer for ICCMO
  • Charter Member of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (originally named Sleep Disorder Dental Society)
  • Credentialed by Diplomate of Sleep Disorder Dental Society American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • Member Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • Founding member of DOSA, The Dental Organization for Sleep Apnea
  • Founding Board Member-Illinois Sleep Society
  • Lecturer American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
  • Diplomate of the Academy of Pain Management
  • Dental Editor - Sleep and Health Journal
  • Former Assistant Clinical Professor at Rush Medical School Sleep Disorder Service (1998 - 2001)
  • Graduate of The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • International Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics
  • Academy of Computerized Dentistry of North American
  • International Academy of Oral Implantology
  • American Dental Association
  • Chicago Dental Society
  • Illinois Dental Society
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Equilibration Society
  • Academy Craniofacial Pain
  • Multiple Publications including American Equilibration Society, ICCMO Anthology, Cranio Journal, Journal of Craniomandibular Practices and Sleep, Anti-Aging Medical News, Sleep and Health Journal, chapter in Anti-Aging Medical Text Book on Anti-Aging Dentistry, ADA Journal

Dr. Shapira created an oral appliance that is easy to sleep with and maintain. I am so relieved, feeling much better, significantly fewer headaches and more energy I would recommend Dr. Shapira to anyone. His knowledge of dentistry goes well beyond the norm. Anyone that suffers from TMJ and or sleep disorders should have a consult.

Special Interests

Reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry, implant rehabilitation, dental implants, pain and headache management, TMJ disorders, research and treatment of snoring and sleep apnea, anti-aging medicine, and stem cell research for collection of non-embryonic stem cells, for treatment of chronic disease and life extension. I currently hold four issued patents in this area and hope to make major changes in the practice of anti-aging medicine and be involved in the extension of longer healthier lives.

If you are considering any cosmetic dentistry procedures in Gurnee, Please call and schedule an appointment today.

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