I am part of a network of practitioners that provide collaborative services for developmentally delayed patients. Northern California Cranio-Facial Diagnostic Center has been in Alameda (the San Francisco Bay Area / East Bay) and Sutter Creek (Gold Country) since 1986. My practice is limited to orofacial pain, orthodontics, orthopedics, and dental medicine.
We provide treatment for a wide range of dysfunctions that occur as a result of jaw malalignment. Our primary treatment is with removable dental appliances, almost never involving surgery. With these appliances we are able to align the jaw and teeth and improve many symptoms related to developmental disabilities.
Dr. Jennings has been practicing pain management and orthodontics for 35 years. He has developed a number of innovative diagnostic and treatment protocols that have significantly improved the effectiveness of treatment for jaw dysfunction. He has done extensive literature research into the neuro-pathology involved with jaw dysfunction, providing a clearer understanding of this complex disorder. His experience with pain patients has significantly altered his opinions and the approach that he believes is proper in the treatment of orthodontic patients.
Clinical experience supported by extensive medical literature strongly implicates jaw malalignment in the etiology of multiple symptoms involved with Downs syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, as well as other developmental disorders. I believe it is our lack of integration of dentistry into medicine that has caused the medical and dental communities to fail to recognize this relationship.