Welcome to The Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea
The Center for TMJ and Sleep apnea strives to provide attentive care that meets every patient's needs and concerns. With advanced training in craniofacial pain, headaches/migraines, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), sleep apnea, and sleep disordered breathing, our doctors are committed to providing you with the best care possible beyond typical oral procedures.
At The Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea, you can expect a welcoming, comfortable environment where our goals are to thoroughly address head, face, neck and jaw conditions, and their relation to full body wellness. 

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Richard Van Gurp, DDS, DABDSM


Dr. Richard W. Van Gurp is a co-founder of The Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea, the first dedicated Dental Sleep Medicine and TMJ / Head & Facial Pain practice in the Charlotte metropolitan area.



Dr. Larson has earned 3 Board Certifications in TMJ and Sleep breathing disorders-with the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and American Academy of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine. 

He is the only triple board certified dental physician in North Carolina.

Greg Larson, DDS
TMJ Symptoms

Millions of Americans suffer from TMJ and craniofacial disorders. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. It is the joint that connects the lower jawbone to the skull...

Sleep-Apnea-Side effects

Poor sleep is a certain way to ruin your day-to-day life. Your wellness, your performance and your productivity, even your relationships, can all suffer.

A common reason for poor sleep is…

Before I went to The Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea I was so tired all of the time.  Now, I have so much more energy because I’m actually sleeping again.  It has not only helped me deal with my sleep apnea, but it has really given me my life back.  I cannot recommend them highly enough."


I have been using my new appliance for a month and it is changing my total sleep! I have been on the cpap machine for 17 years. I am so excited!! I am type two diabetic and it has help my blood sugar count to go down.The office staff is really wonderful. I highly recommend if you have sleep apnea give this a try!


I went to consult with Dr. Larson about my TMJ disorder. He was very attentive, did a full exam and has given me great information about my TMJ disorder and has come up with a comprehensive plan to treat my TMJ pain. His office is great.