Dr. Bassman is originally from Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa Dental School in 1976 with a D.D.S. degree. He practiced for one year in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Davenport, Iowa and set up his general dentistry practice in 1977 at 2906 West Central Park, where he practiced for 27 years. He presently is in the office of Dr. Matthew Anderson in Davenport, Iowa.
Dr. Bassman began pain management and dental sleep medicine diagnosis and treatment in 1985, along with continuing to perform general dentistry. He limited his practice exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of head, neck, facial pain and TMJ dysfunction (TMD) and snoring/mild sleep apnea in 1993.
Dr. Bassman has had extensive training in treating patients with TMJ/TMD, ear, facial pain, headaches, snoring and mild sleep apnea. He is one of the few dentists in the Quad Cities who exclusively treats TMJ and dental sleep disorders. Dr. Bassman has referrals from MD’s, DO’s, neurologists, ENT’s, respiratory and sleep specialists, sleep centers, chiropractors, physical therapists, orthodontists and dentists to name a few. Dr. Bassman is fellowship eligible in the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
He has taken hundreds of hours of continuing education classes pertaining to TMD and sleep disorders. Dr. Bassman has presented educational programs for Trinity interns/med students, Palmer College of Chiropractic and the Iowa Dental Assistants Association. He is licensed in both Iowa and Illinois. Dr. Bassman, along with his dental assistant Pam, and his receptionist Dawn have treated hundreds of patients over the years.
Dr. Bassman currently contributes articles to Healthy Cells Magazine.
Some of his patients also present with Fibromyalgia symptoms, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Parkinson’s Disease, Tourette’s Syndrome and movement disorders. He also treats patients for snoring and mild sleep apnea from a dental perspective, especially with oral mouthpieces for patients who cannot tolerate CPAP machines.
Dr. Bassman is on Courtesy Staff at Trinity Hospital, and has been on courtesy staff since 1985. He served as dental director for Manor Care Nursing Facility for over 30 years in the Quad Cities.