TMJ and Sleep Apnea

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in TMJ

If you suffer from a temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), chances are then you likely suffer from sleep apnea as well.  There is a strong relationship between those who suffer from TMD and those who also suffer from sleep apnea.  A 2013 study conducted in the Journal of Dental Research discovered that those who were more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), were also three times more likely to suffer from chronic TMD.  The same study showed that those who showed two or more signs of obstructive sleep apnea had a 73% greater...

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Custom Fitted Oral Appliances versus Over the Counter Non Custom Appliances for Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in OSA Treatment Options

Many of our patients frequently ask if an over the counter device will work the same as the custom fitted appliances we make. There are quite a few similarities between the two, but they also differ in several ways. This article will summarize some of the key differences between a Custom Oral Appliance and an Over the Counter Non Custom Oral Appliance.   Fit Many over the counter appliances use boil and bite technology. These are typically “DIY” appliances where you boil the appliances and mold the material over your teeth to create some...

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5 Simple Do’s and Don’ts Before Bedtime

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Sleep

For some people, bedtime is a breeze. While laying in bed, they close their eyes, and before you know it, they are fully asleep! For others, it’s not that simple. Nearly one-third of Americans say they often lie awake in bed struggling to turn off the mind, get warm or comfy, etc. Many of us are light sleepers and in the mornings, it just doesn’t feel like we get enough rest to get through the day. If this describes your situation, then consider the following do’s and don’ts before going to bed. Keep in mind, depending on how awful you feel,...

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