Meet Our Doctors
Meet Dr. Greg D. Larson
Triple Board Certified TMJ & Sleep Apnea Expert Dr. Greg D. Larson attended the prestigious University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1999. He understands that the best professionals never stop learning, and has attended over 4000 hours of continuing education in post-graduate training including two residencies with Dr. Steve Olmos and TMJ and Sleep Therapy International.
From 2007 to 2012, after completing a challenging two year curriculum in TMJ and full mouth occlusal rehabilitation which resulted in a Fellowship award, Dr. Larson was awarded a clinical instructor position at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) where he mentored and trained hundreds of dentists across the world. In 2013, he achieved Fellowship status with the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and began his current Board certifications.
As a craniofacial pain and dental sleep medicine expert, Dr. Larson helps patients find the ideal physiologic rest position for their jaws to alleviate pain and discomfort associated with the TMJ and partners with physicians to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea and snoring. When a patient’s teeth and jaw are out of harmony, the patient can experience head, neck, back and ear pain. Dr. Larson believes with the correct diagnosis, treatment and care these problems can be corrected. He also provides highly specialized regenerative treatments such as Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) to stimulate TMJ bone and cartilage healing, Trigger Point injections to eliminate muscle pain, and nasal breathing retraining to relax the Central nervous system.
Dr. Larson is also passionate about bringing his patients the highest level of quality and service that modern techniques and technology can provide. He has recruited a highly trained team who understands his commitment to excellence. Dr. Larson and his team are excited to bring their knowledge, expertise and smiling faces to the Carolinas and out of state patients. The Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea Team strives to make personal relationships with their patients, and they know positive patient experience is the ultimate measure of a practice. Dr. Larson loves his work. He loves relieving years of headaches and jaw pain, advocating for superb oral health, and encouraging each individual’s total well-being.
Dr. Larson has earned 3 Board Certifications with the American Board of Craniofacial Pain, (DABCP), American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine (DABCSM), and American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM). For fun, he studied 330 hours and recertified in his first job title after college, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
When he isn’t treating patients, Dr. Larson enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and their two daughters. He enjoys his heritage in the Carolinas with his grandmother hailing from Asheville and his oldest daughter is a proud Gamecock of The University of South Carolina. He also enjoys water sports, and is a former Olympic Team alternate and U.S. National Swim Team member. He became the 17th person of all time to swim the long 23 miles of Lake Tahoe.
Meet Dr. Richard Van Gurp
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. Van Gurp is one of a few select dentists in the Charlotte area who has earned board-certification with the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and has had extensive training in treating patients with TMJ issues. Dr. Van Gurp’s patients have included physicians and other colleagues in the medical and dental profession which speaks to his reputation and the level of service he and his staff provide for all of their patients.
Via speaking engagements, he has also had the opportunity to share his knowledge other health care professionals.
Dr. Van Gurp’s training and experience assures patients that not only will they receive the highest level of service, but also the greatest likelihood of success in controlling their sleep apnea, snoring, and/or TMJ issue.