Meet the Doctor

BurwellRobert M. Burwell, DDS

Dr. Robert M. Burwell started his solo practice in Claremont, CA in 1980 and is still in the same location today.  After graduating from Northwestern University Dental School, he spent two years in public health service in Northern California near Bakersfield.  He then returned home to open his new practice in Claremont; the city where he was born and raised.  It was a labor of love that took several years of guidance and blossomed into a wonderful "relationship based" dental office where patients were friends and everyone worked well together.  His staff members have been with him for between 17 and 32 years.

Dr. Burwell has always been committed to continuing his education and has enjoyed keeping up with the newest technolgies in dentistry. 

Several years ago, his brother Stan came to him and reported that he had been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and advised to use a CPAP machine,  mask and all.  Stan found the mask to be very uncomfortable and claustrophobic  His brother asked Dr. Burwell if he knew of another option.  This request, along with several other patient complaints about CPAP machines sent Dr. Burwell on a quest for alternatives. 

At about the same time, the disease of Obstructive Sleep Apnea was appearing more regularly in the media.  After a significant amount of time investigating and studying the field of Sleep Medicine, as it relates to Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Dr. Burwell discovered that there was indeed an alternative to the CPAP: an oral appliance. 

Since then, Dr. Burwell, a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, has spent more that 100 hours of continuing education in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine and soon will be a diplomat of the organization.  He sees daily the significant health benefits that his patients realize once they start wearing their mouth appliances to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  Blood pressure goes down, patients feel rested and in many cases, the amount of medications a patient takes is reduced. 

In light of the fact that only a dentist is allowed to make an oral device for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Dr. Burwell has found an enjoyable way of helping people in need.