About the Practice

Welcome to the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans

Welcome to the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans, where we are dedicated to enhancing your overall well-being through specialized care. Our experienced team is committed to providing personalized and effective solutions for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and sleep-related issues. At the heart of our practice is a passion for improving the quality of life for our patients by addressing the intricate connections between oral health, TMJ function, and sleep patterns. With a focus on advanced diagnostics and evidence-based treatments, we strive to offer comprehensive and compassionate care. Whether you’re seeking relief from jaw pain, headaches, or sleep disturbances, our skilled professionals are here to guide you on your journey to optimal health. Discover a holistic approach to TMJ and sleep therapy at our state-of-the-art facility in the heart of New Orleans.

Our Team

Dr. Terry Billings, DDS

Terry J. Billings, DDS

Dr. Terry Billings graduated from LSU School of Dentistry in 1981. He has since dedicated his practice to individualized care for our patients, and he is constantly learning new techniques in order to provide the best quality dentistry that our patients have come to expect. Dr. Billings provides both general dentistry services to our patients, as well as specialized treatment for sleep breathing disorders and craniofacial pain (TMJ disorder). Dr. Billings is one of the only doctors in the area to acheive Diplomate status, and he is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Craniofacial Pain and the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine, and serves on the board of both. He has also earned his Fellow in the International Association for Orthodontics, and he has been actively providing the latest in orthodontic care to our patients since the 1980s. In his spare time, Dr. Billings enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Diplomate, American Board of Craniofacial Pain
Diplomate, American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine
Fellow, Academy of Craniofacial Pain
Fellow, Board-eligible, International Association for Orthodontics

Emily Billings Levy, DDS

Dr. Emily Levy graduated from LSU School of Dentistry in 2016. As the daughter of Dr. Billings, she has grown up around the practice of dentistry and thoroughly enjoys providing quality dental care to her patients. In addition to general dentistry, she has dedicated much of her practice to the treatment of craniofacial pain and sleep disorders in adults and children. She earned her Fellow in Orofacial Myology through the International Association for Orofacial Myology, in order to provide myofunctional therapy and tongue tie services to her patients in conjunction with their other treatment. She currently hosts a multi-weekend, hands-on continuing education course in conjunction with TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centres International. This allows doctors from around the country to learn how to integrate treatment for children with sleep breathing disorders into their practice. In her spare time, Dr. Levy enjoys traveling with her husband and three children.

Fellow, International Association of Orofacial Myology

Dr. Emily Levy

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about the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans

Very Rev. Philip G. Landry

5.0 ★★★★★

Having been diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2003, I was fitted for a head-gear breathing apparatus to alleviate the condition. After struggling with discomfort and lack of sleep, I discontinued use of the device. During a visit to my cardiologist in 2017, I was ordered to take another sleep test which revealed that the condition had reached a dangerous level and that it must be addressed immediately. I shared with Dr. G. Johnson my concerns from the past and he informed me that a new mouth piece for this sleep disorder was available and referred me to Dr. Terry Billings, DDS.

I contacted Dr. Billings and during my first appointment with him, after a series of tests, he determined that I had another condition, TMJ, which would have to be treated before addressing the sleep disorder. He explained to me that I would have to wear mouthpieces, one by day and one by night, for twelve weeks to correct this issue. My instant reaction was that as a Catholic priest serving as the rector of the St. Louis Cathedral, I often celebrate televised Masses during which a mouthpiece would certainly be a deterrent. Dr. Billings patiently and understandingly explained that I really had no option but assured me that he would be able to make weekly adjustments to the mouthpieces that would help with these concerns.

Now as I approach the final weeks of this treatment, I am pleased to share that I have been most satisfied with the care and attention of both Dr. Billings and his staff. The level of professionalism and proficiency which I have experienced in the weekly office visits have made a challenging issue bearable. It is amazing to me what the treatment of the TMJ has done for my overall health and well-being and as I now await the mouthpiece to address my sleep disorder I am most grateful to Dr. Billings for his diagnosis and excellent treatment during this period of preparation for it.

Arden Ballard, PA-C, MS

5.0 ★★★★★

You don’t hear that often about a dentist, but his attention to detail, meticulous examination and in-office testing led to uncovering a severely deviated septum that needed prompt surgical intervention. I’m forever grateful for him and his entire staff.

Dr. Billings noticed that I checked yes to a few items on his questionnaire. When he began asking about my fatigue, sluggish feeling, etc. I blamed it on the kids and being a parent of two young boys. After his dental exam, he insisted that there could be more to my symptoms. After a chat, we decided to do an in-office Facial CT scan. It’s been 4 years since I had one, so I agreed. Everything was promptly scheduled, and their text reminders kept me on schedule.

I did the CT scan, and Dr. Billings pointed out my severely deviated septum and recommended I get a prompt ENT evaluation. I brought a printout of the CT to my next appointment, and I ended up having sinus surgery 3 weeks later.

Immediately after surgery, I knew something was different. After healing, I was sleeping better, breathing better and, sure enough, less sluggish and not reaching for my 3pm coffee. All from going to the dentist.

My teeth look great, too!

Dr. Billings has opened my eyes to understand that dentists are part of the entire medical team, and when using their training to the fullest, they can change lives.