In the early 1980’s I saw many people that had toothaches and headache pain with no apparent reason. They saw many specialists both dental and medical and were usually told that nothing could be done. Often they were prescribed pain pills or medications for anxiety. These pills did little to calm the pain. They also received oral appliances (sometimes called retainers) for jaw pain with no relief. Rarely was a diagnosis made for the different types of pain and headaches a person was experiencing. People with TMJ or Temporo-Mandibular Joint pain (jaw joint pain) can also have migraine, tension headaches, neuralgia, or neck aches. All of these pains must be diagnoses and managed at the same time for success.

At that time I also became aware of people suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (also called OSA). Apnea is a condition that occurs when a person usually snores loud and stops breathing a for a few moments many times a minute while sleeping. I have been helping people with OSA and snoring through the use of oral appliances worn during sleep.

A person’s history and a thorough description of the pain or sleep problem are an essential part of an initial visit. I can’t tell you how many times people have told me that they never told their doctor about their pain problems or how they have problems sleeping restfully.

As I learned more about advances in pain management and sleep disorders, new possibilities began to develop for these people. Pain and sleep disorder management are new emerging fields. Unfortunately, there are still many doctors that do not keep up with current medical literature. Another problem is that many specialists do not incorporate treatment strategies that are used by different types of specialists. This became clear to me when I worked in pain, headache and sleep disorders clinics in different hospitals.

After graduating New York University Dental School in 1977 I attended a two year program in advanced training in head and pain management at the University of New Jersey Dental and Medical School in 1985-86 and in 1988-89.

I have been a member of the medical staff at the Yale New Haven Hospital Pain Management Center in the Department of Anesthesia (New Haven, CT), the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Headache Center in the Department of Neurology (Boston, MA)) and had an appointment as Instructor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School. I also was a member of the dental resident teaching staff at Mt. Sinai Hospital (Hartford, CT), St. Francis Medical Center (Hartford, CT), Yale New Haven Medical Center, and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Connecticut.

I am currently a  Instructor of Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a Clinical Instructor of Orofacial Pain at Tel Aviv University Dental school.

I am a member of several professional organizations dedicated to helping people with pain, headache and sleep disorders. I am Board Certified as Diplomate by the American Board of Orofacial Pain and the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry .

1969-73   BA Yeshiva University 
1973-77 D.D.S. New York UniversityCollege of DentistryNew York, New York
Postgraduate Certification
Certificate of 1985-86Advanced Study 1988-89 Advanced Treatment Program on Craniomandibular Pain and DysfunctionUniversity of New Jersey Medical and Dental SchoolNewark, New Jersey
School Appointments
1994 Instructor in NeurologyHarvard Medical School
1999 – Present Instructor of Clinical SurgeryUniv. of Massachusetts Medical School
Board Certification
1995 Diplomate, American Board of Orofacial Pain
July 2000 Diplomate, American Board of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
Hospital Appointments
1995 – Present The Rehabilitation Hospital of Connecticut (Hartford) Consultant Staff
1995 – Present Fairlawn Rehab Hospital, Worcester, MA, Consultant Staff
1993 – Present TMJ/Headache Center, & Sleep Disorders CenterAffliated Medical Staff, UMass Memorial Medical CenterWorcester, MA
1993 – 1994 Headache and Facial Pain Center Brigham and Woman’s Hospital Department of Medicine Division of Neurology, Active staffBoston, MA
1994 Headache and Facial Pain Center Brigham and Woman’s Hospital Department of Medicine Division of Neurology, Active staffBoston, MA
1989 – 1993 Director, Pain Clinic, Active Staff Johnson Memorial HospitalStafford Springs, CT
1989 – 2007 Affiliated Medical Staff, Dept. of Dentistry St. Francis HospitalHartford, CT
Other Professional Positions
1991 – 1993 T.M.J./Pain Clinic Team Member Department of Oral SurgeryUniv. of Connecticut Medical and Dental SchoolFarmington, CT
Professional Awards
2000 Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medinine
Diplomate, American Board of Orofacial Pain
1990 – 1992 Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management
1988 – Present Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry
1986 – 1994 Fellow of the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics
Editorials Review Boards
1991 – 2000 Editorial Review Board American Journal of Pain Management

About the Doctor

Dr. Lockerman has been helping people with sleep apnea, head and neck pain diagnosis and management since 1983. Learn More »