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What to Do When CPAP Makes You Gassy

CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) can be a life-saving treatment, if people use it. However, CPAP comes with many side effects that make it unpleasant to use. This makes people sleep without CPAP, choosing untreated sleep apnea over their treatment. Understanding these side effects can help you understand how to deal with [...]

By |May 17th, 2022|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on What to Do When CPAP Makes You Gassy

Is Sleep Apnea Making You Sleepy During The Day?

Do you sleep looking forward to a great night’s rest only to wake up feeling like you never went to sleep at all? Does this lack of sleep cause you to feel tired throughout the day, affecting your overall concentration and work effort? If so, your lingering daytime sleepiness may be a sign of [...]

By |April 21st, 2022|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Is Sleep Apnea Making You Sleepy During The Day?

Orofacial Pain Certification Evidence of Quality Care for TMJ Patients

One measure of a dentist’s commitment to treating temporomandibular joint disorders (called TMJ or TMD) is their ongoing training in the discipline. All dentists must complete continuing education to maintain their licenses, but a dentist committed to TMJ treatment focuses their education on this and related areas. [...]

By |March 23rd, 2022|TMJ|Comments Off on Orofacial Pain Certification Evidence of Quality Care for TMJ Patients

Is It Nightmares or Sleep Apnea Waking You Up?

Are you waking up with nightmares regularly? Although nightmares themselves may be your problem, for many adults, it's actually sleep apnea that is causing wakeful nights in terror. If you have trouble waking up regularly in a cold sweat with a sense of panic, have your primary care physician refer you for [...]

By |February 23rd, 2022|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Is It Nightmares or Sleep Apnea Waking You Up?

8 Exercises for TMJ Relief

If you are experiencing headaches, jaw pain, or other symptoms related to temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ or TMD), it’s not a bad idea to try some jaw exercises to help reduce, relieve, or eliminate symptoms. Jaw exercises are a type of home care for TMJ that can be effective for people looking [...]

By |January 31st, 2022|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on 8 Exercises for TMJ Relief

Is Tyramine to Blame for Your Migraines?

Migraines remain mysterious. Despite all our research, we don't really understand what causes them. For people with migraines there are typically many triggers that can lead to the development of headaches. For many people, diet is a big part of their migraine triggers, and when people have a dietary migraine trigger, a [...]

By |December 29th, 2021|Migraine|Comments Off on Is Tyramine to Blame for Your Migraines?

Try Cutting Salt to Reduce Headaches

Can your diet be the cause of your headaches? People with migraines blame their headaches on many different food triggers, but research suggests that even for non-migraine sufferers, diet may be a major contributor to headaches. Studies show that headaches may be caused by salt, which is common [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Headache|Comments Off on Try Cutting Salt to Reduce Headaches

Sleep Apnea Can Contribute to Headaches, Too

With the major link between TMJ and migraines via the trigeminal nerve, it’s understandable that normally when we talk about headaches, we emphasize Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ/TMD). However, sleep apnea is also a major contributor to your headache risk, and it can lead to all common types of [...]

By |November 3rd, 2021|Headache, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea Can Contribute to Headaches, Too

CU Anschutz Researches Technique to Improve Sleep in Active-Duty Military and Veterans

Sleep is essential to the fitness of our fighting soldiers. In fact, it’s one part of the performance triad that the army recommends its soldiers observe to maintain battle fitness.  It’s also essential to help veterans adapt to civilian life and enjoy a good quality of life after their tours of duty. Unfortunately, sleep [...]

By |October 6th, 2021|Sleep Apnea, Snoring|Comments Off on CU Anschutz Researches Technique to Improve Sleep in Active-Duty Military and Veterans

Is Acupressure Effective against Headaches?

If you suffer from regular headaches, you know that you don’t want to rely too heavily on pain medication. From potential addiction to rebound headaches to kidney and liver damage, there are too many negative consequences of pain medication–including over-the-counter medications–to make them your go-to solution for headaches. The good news [...]

By |September 7th, 2021|Headache|Comments Off on Is Acupressure Effective against Headaches?

What is the Best Treatment For Sleep Apnea?

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea, or you suspect having sleep apnea, you might wonder what treatment options are available to you. Fortunately, sleep apnea treatment has come a long way in the past 20 years. In the past, CPAP was the only available treatment. Today, there is a [...]

By |August 3rd, 2021|CPAP, Oral Appliance, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on What is the Best Treatment For Sleep Apnea?

Dr. Kevin S. Berry Recently Obtained a Master of Science in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine

A huge congratulations are in order for our very own Dr. Kevin S. Berry who recently obtained a Master of Science in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine from the prestigious Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry USC. The 37-month program provided Dr. Berry with advanced training and knowledge of orofacial pain and oral medicine including [...]

By |July 8th, 2021|Chronic Pain, Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on Dr. Kevin S. Berry Recently Obtained a Master of Science in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine

Don’t Forget Sleep Apnea & TMJ When Considering Sleep Position

As a way to get your best night of sleep yet, you might have come across several articles across the internet that say which positions are best and which are the worst. Sleeping on your back is good for X but it’s bad for Z. How do you know which sleep position is actually [...]

By |July 6th, 2021|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Don’t Forget Sleep Apnea & TMJ When Considering Sleep Position

Losing Weight to Treat Sleep Apnea

If you suffer from both obesity and sleep apnea you must be able to get the treatment you need. With the use of a CPAP machine or oral appliance therapy, you will find that you feel much more rested and awake during the day. As your energy levels continue to grow [...]

By |May 4th, 2021|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Losing Weight to Treat Sleep Apnea

What Causes Ringing in the Ear?

Have you ever heard a neighbor’s car alarm going off for hours on end? That’s kind of what it’s like to live with tinnitus. The only difference is that your neighbor can’t turn off the noise. Tinnitus doesn’t end until you find a treatment that works. The best way to find a treatment that [...]

By |April 7th, 2021|Tinnitus, TMJ|Comments Off on What Causes Ringing in the Ear?

Shoveling Snow Can Aggravate TMJ Symptoms

Over the past few years, we here in Denver have gotten spoiled--it seems we barely had to to break out the snow shovel all season. This year, though, is different, and it seems like it's been one snow storm after another here in the Mile High City. And we have our heaviest snow months of [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Home Care, TMJ|Comments Off on Shoveling Snow Can Aggravate TMJ Symptoms

5 Ways Sleep Apnea Could Be Causing Your Headaches

If you are having frequent headaches, they can be disruptive. It can be hard to work, and even harder to play when you have bad headaches. It can feel very hard to track down the cause of your headaches, too, which makes them even more frustrating. Sleep apnea [...]

By |March 1st, 2021|Headache, Migraine, Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on 5 Ways Sleep Apnea Could Be Causing Your Headaches

What Life With The Right Migraine Treatment Looks Like

If you live with daily migraines, your quality of life is likely a lot lower than you want it to be. You’ve probably tried every migraine treatment you can find and still experience frequent headaches and migraines. At TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado, we offer a headache and migraine treatment [...]

By |February 3rd, 2021|Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on What Life With The Right Migraine Treatment Looks Like

Hot n’ Cold: Treating TMJ Pain at Home

If you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, called TMJ for short, you’re no stranger to jaw pain. Whether yours is uncomfortable or excruciating, intermittent or constant, jaw pain is a hallmark symptom of TMJ. Although TMJ treatment can help reduce or prevent pain on a larger scale, sometimes [...]

By |December 29th, 2020|Home Care, TMJ|Comments Off on Hot n’ Cold: Treating TMJ Pain at Home

Can Weight Loss Help You Stop Snoring?

You might think that an overweight Santa snoring away after a long night of indulging in cookies is a cute addition to a cartoon, but snoring can often indicate a much bigger problem going on. Oftentimes, snoring is actually a direct result of carrying too much weight. Carrying excess weight can [...]

By |December 1st, 2020|Snoring|Comments Off on Can Weight Loss Help You Stop Snoring?

CPAP Can Make Morning Breath Worse

We’ve previously noted that sleep apnea can cause bad morning breath. So, shouldn’t CPAP cure morning breath related to dry mouth during sleep? We would like to think so, especially since mouth drying overnight is associated with an increased risk of cavities. However, for some people, treatment with [...]

By |November 3rd, 2020|CPAP, Oral Appliance, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on CPAP Can Make Morning Breath Worse

How Tinnitus Can Impact Your Quality of Life

Imagine having a constant ringing noise in your ears. Sounds annoying, right? For some people, this sensation known as tinnitus can have a huge impact on their quality of life. Most often it causes temporary symptoms, but some people experience persistent and severe symptoms that can make every day feel bothersome. Fortunately, at TMJ [...]

By |October 6th, 2020|Tinnitus|Comments Off on How Tinnitus Can Impact Your Quality of Life

September Is Pain Awareness Month

Along with being dubbed both National Yoga Month and National Potato Month, September is also on the calendar for a significantly less fun observance: National Pain Awareness Month. First declared in 2001, National Pain Awareness Month is an effort by the American Chronic Pain Association to raise awareness about the widespread and devastating effects [...]

By |September 22nd, 2020|Chronic Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on September Is Pain Awareness Month

New Surgery Techniques Could Aid Oral Appliance Therapy

Although CPAP is an effective treatment for sleep apnea, many people hate it. These people dislike the treatment so much that they would rather suffer the health consequences of sleep apnea--up to and including death--than use their CPAP. Clearly, these people need an alternative.  Sleep Apnea Appliances Denver

By |September 9th, 2020|CPAP, Oral Appliance, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on New Surgery Techniques Could Aid Oral Appliance Therapy

That’s Not an Ear Infection

For a person suffering from inner ear pain, the dentist is probably the last place they would expect to find treatment. In some cases, however, seeing a dentist about your ongoing inner ear pain could save you from months or even years of ear pain and costly antibiotics. If your family doctor or ear [...]

By |August 25th, 2020|Tinnitus, TMJ|Comments Off on That’s Not an Ear Infection

CPAP Use Went up in European Lockdowns for COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has had some dramatic effects on the way we live our lives. Perhaps none of these effects were more severe than the various isolation orders, such as the “shelter-in-place” or “stay-at-home” orders issued by Governor Polis or Mayor Hancock. These orders changed the way people spent their time, making most of [...]

By |August 12th, 2020|CPAP, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on CPAP Use Went up in European Lockdowns for COVID-19

Smells That Cause (and Cure) Migraines

There are many different types of migraine triggers, and it's important for you to be aware of which ones are most likely to trigger yours. An important one to consider is smells. From 20-90% of migraine sufferers experience headaches caused by smells, and are sometimes said to be the second most common [...]

By |July 22nd, 2020|Migraine|Comments Off on Smells That Cause (and Cure) Migraines

Will Insurance Cover My TMJ?

TMJ is a potentially disabling jaw condition. Although it may initially be relatively mild, if left untreated it can progress to result in serious pain or even complete immobility of the jaw. From some standpoints, it's actually no different from other joint problems, except in the eyes in insurance. To insurance, the temporomandibular [...]

By |July 16th, 2020|TMJ|Comments Off on Will Insurance Cover My TMJ?

BOTOX Could Stop Migraines by Targeting Central Sensitization

We’ve said before that the exact mechanism by which TMJ triggers migraines is uncertain. However, the problem isn’t just linked to TMJ--many migraine causes are mysterious. Nor is it only causes that are mysterious--some treatments baffle us, too, in their mechanism. This includes the increasingly popular use of {{{{link id='3391' text='BOTOX®  injections to treat [...]

By |July 7th, 2020|Migraine|Comments Off on BOTOX Could Stop Migraines by Targeting Central Sensitization

Considering Divorce Over Snoring

If you are a snorer, you might be tempted to not take it too seriously. But if you don’t, you need to be prepared for potentially serious consequences. And here we’re not just talking about the risks related to sleep apnea. Although these are serious, they are not the only Dangers of Snoring Denver

By |June 23rd, 2020|Snoring|Comments Off on Considering Divorce Over Snoring

Sleep Apnea Treatment Could Help Black Americans Manage Diabetes

Sleep is one important cornerstone of health. During sleep, our body performs vital tasks, including regulating our metabolism. When a condition like sleep apnea disrupts sleep, it can disrupt the body’s functions, either causing or worsening systemic health conditions, such as diabetes.  According to a new study, sleep apnea is associated with higher blood sugar [...]

By |June 9th, 2020|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea Treatment Could Help Black Americans Manage Diabetes

The Mysterious Phenomenon of Referred Pain

Have you ever wondered why eating ice cream or drinking a Slurpee gives you a headache? Or why shooting pain in your arm or jaw is a symptom of a heart attack? These are both examples of referred pain, when you feel pain in one part of your body (such as your mouth or [...]

By |May 26th, 2020|TMJ|Comments Off on The Mysterious Phenomenon of Referred Pain

Yoga Improves Effectiveness of Migraine Treatment

Last week, we were reviewing some preliminary research about how yoga can help people with TMJ. However, now a new study shows that yoga is an effective adjunct to typical migraine treatment with medications. The study shows that, after three months, people who did yoga had more improvement in their [...]

By |May 14th, 2020|Migraine|Comments Off on Yoga Improves Effectiveness of Migraine Treatment

Yoga and Coping Methods for TMJ Pain

For those who suffer from the constant pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorder, finding a method to minimize the problem is usually a continuous search (until they find a neuromuscular dentist). Patients who suffer from a bad bite causing a problem within the TMJ often experience wide-ranging symptoms. This might include inconsistent [...]

By |April 22nd, 2020|TMJ|Comments Off on Yoga and Coping Methods for TMJ Pain

Sleep Apnea Treatment Is an Urgent Medical Need

If you have sleep apnea, you might be considering postponing getting treatment until later because of the coronavirus pandemic. While many people focus on some of the long-term risks of sleep apnea, such as increased dementia and cancer risk, it’s important to understand that not all of the consequences of sleep apnea [...]

By |April 8th, 2020|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea Treatment Is an Urgent Medical Need

Low Testosterone Levels? Sleep May Play A Role. Or Maybe Not.

The symptoms of sleep apnea aren’t ones that are unexpected with a condition that causes interrupted and inconsistent sleep. Problems such as daytime sleepiness, fatigue, a lack of energy, and restlessness all seem to fit with a condition that negatively impacts our sleeping patterns. However, with more studies we realize the impact can [...]

By |March 25th, 2020|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Low Testosterone Levels? Sleep May Play A Role. Or Maybe Not.

What Are the Types of TMJ and Facial Pain?

One of the challenges that doctors face in talking about pain of the face and mouth, what we call orofacial pain, is that not everyone uses the same terms. We’re not just talking about how some people might call temporomandibular joint disorders TMJ while others use TMD. Instead, we’re talking about doctors [...]

By |March 10th, 2020|Chronic Pain, Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on What Are the Types of TMJ and Facial Pain?

Essential Oils Might Offer Temporary TMJ Pain Relief

When someone visits a masseuse for relief from muscle and/or joint pain, they are usually treated with a variety of oils. Sedative essential oils are used to relax the body and relieve stress, especially when combined with fragrances used in aromatherapy. Essential Oils Recommended for TMJ Some of the most widely-used essential oils for [...]

By |February 25th, 2020|TMJ|Comments Off on Essential Oils Might Offer Temporary TMJ Pain Relief

Treating Sleep Apnea Helps Beauty

Recently, Married at First Sight star Mishel Karen caused a bit of a stir this week when she revealed her “extreme” beauty routine. Among the elements in her routine, she includes BOTOX ® Cosmetic injections, teeth whitening, and working out with a personal trainer. However, what most people found most surprising was her use [...]

By |February 12th, 2020|CPAP, Oral Appliance, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Treating Sleep Apnea Helps Beauty

Shoveling Snow Giving You a Literal Headache? We Can Help

This year has been a relatively heavy one for snow along the Front Range. It took a while to get started, but once the sky opened up, we’ve had fairly heavy snowfalls every couple weeks. And with the traditionally snowiest months of March and April still to come, it looks like your shoveling arms are [...]

By |January 31st, 2020|Headache|Comments Off on Shoveling Snow Giving You a Literal Headache? We Can Help

Vestibular Migraine Might Respond Well to TMJ Treatment

Migraines are not just a very common condition, they are a condition that comes with many variations. Some of these variations are particularly disabling and/or hard to treat. One of these hard-to-treat subtypes is vestibular migraine. In this type of migraine, you experience dizziness along with your headache, which can make it even more

By |January 7th, 2020|Migraine|Comments Off on Vestibular Migraine Might Respond Well to TMJ Treatment

A Cough Can Worsen TMJ

If you've gotten a cold, flu, or other upper respiratory tract infection this year, you may have experienced a short, intense period of coughing, or a long, lingering cough that sticks around for weeks after your cold is otherwise gone. In either case, it's not unusual for coughing to aggravate your TMJ Denver

By |December 26th, 2019|Home Care, TMJ|Comments Off on A Cough Can Worsen TMJ

TMJ: Another Reason the Grinch Might Hate Christmas

It's the holiday season, and that means pulling out all the family classic TV shows. Around my house one of the favorites is How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and watching it this year, it occurred to me that the Grinch's real problem isn't his heart or his shoes, it's his teeth. TMJ may [...]

By |December 18th, 2019|TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ: Another Reason the Grinch Might Hate Christmas

You Don’t Have to Try CPAP before Getting an Oral Appliance

You might think that just because your doctor’s diagnosed CPAP, that’s how you have to treat your sleep apnea. If you don’t like the idea of CPAP, you should get a second opinion about sleep apnea treatment. So, you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea. This often leads to a number of conflicted feelings. Many people [...]

By |December 11th, 2019|CPAP, Oral Appliance, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on You Don’t Have to Try CPAP before Getting an Oral Appliance

Could TMJ Be Causing Your Headaches This Holiday Season?

Having rounded the Thanksgiving corner and headed straight home for the holidays this year, most of us are looking forward to enjoying special times with friends and family. But some of us are also dreading the annual recurrence of headaches that accompany the season. Whether you call them Christmas migraines or Hanukkah headaches, [...]

By |December 1st, 2019|TMJ|Comments Off on Could TMJ Be Causing Your Headaches This Holiday Season?

Sleep Apnea in You and Your Pet: Don’t Let Snoring Dogs Lie

Dog owners share a lot with our pets (sometimes whether we want to or not): our homes, our furniture, our food, etc. Although contagious diseases that can cross species are rare, there are some medical conditions common in dogs and people alike: arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and sleep apnea to name [...]

By |November 21st, 2019|CPAP, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea in You and Your Pet: Don’t Let Snoring Dogs Lie

Most People with Insomnia Have Sleep Apnea

Sleep disorders are complex to diagnose and treat. It’s hard even to get a good sense that you have a sleep disorder, since your doctor might not ask about it (and might not even know much about it). And once you think you might know you have a problem, it’s easy to misdiagnose the specific [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|CPAP, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Most People with Insomnia Have Sleep Apnea

Will Gatorade Really Cure a Migraine?

It's a treasured home remedy for migraines: drink Gatorade when you feel a migraine coming on, and it'll go away. However, is it really true? Can Gatorade truly cure a migraine? Mechanisms for the Gatorade Cure It's quite possible that drinking Gatorade will help you get rid of many types of headaches, [...]

By |October 29th, 2019|Headache, Home Care|Comments Off on Will Gatorade Really Cure a Migraine?

Is Coffee Causing Your Migraines?

For many of us, coffee is part of our daily routine. While one cup of java in the morning might be the perfect pick-me-up, adding too many more caffeinated drinks over the course of the day could be increasing your risk of migraines. That’s according to a new study, which suggests that [...]

By |October 9th, 2019|Bruxism, Migraine, Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on Is Coffee Causing Your Migraines?

Extreme Jaw Exercises Unnecessary, Could Be Damaging

Your quest to get and remain fit is, generally, a good thing. But there is also a point at which it can cease being beneficial and become a danger to your health.Too much exercise can lead to injury. And that’s exactly what you might be facing if you decide to follow the exercise regimen recommended [...]

By |September 25th, 2019|TMJ|Comments Off on Extreme Jaw Exercises Unnecessary, Could Be Damaging

Another Million-Dollar Support Program for CPAP: Alternatives Might Be Better

Last week the sleep medicine community was buzzing about a new $1.4 million grant for a sleep apnea program based at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. This new grant was focused on what seems to be an essential part of the sleep apnea treatment solution: trying to get people to use [...]

By |September 11th, 2019|CPAP, Oral Appliance|Comments Off on Another Million-Dollar Support Program for CPAP: Alternatives Might Be Better

Why Jaw Joint Popping Is More Serious Than Knuckle Cracking

You might think that, because you routinely crack your knuckles and there's nothing wrong with it, you don't have to worry about popping in other joints, such as your jaw joint. First of all, there are potential problems with cracking your knuckles (such as risk of acute injury, decreased hand strength, and swollen joints). And [...]

By |August 28th, 2019|Jaw Pain|Comments Off on Why Jaw Joint Popping Is More Serious Than Knuckle Cracking

Preventing Your Next TMJ Flare-Up

People often don’t notice temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) until it becomes an acute problem. Acute TMJ flare-ups are associated with locked jaw, extreme pain in the jaw joints and/or muscles, headaches, ringing in the ears, and more symptoms.  When this happens, you might be given treatments to alleviate the current state, such [...]

By |August 14th, 2019|Chronic Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Preventing Your Next TMJ Flare-Up

How to Tell If Snoring Comes from Your Nose

We’ve talked before about how there are many potential sources of snoring, such as your nose, your mouth, or your throat. Figuring out which is the source of your snoring is critical to ensuring you get relief from your snoring.  But how can you identify the source of your [...]

By |July 24th, 2019|Snoring|Comments Off on How to Tell If Snoring Comes from Your Nose

How Can You Help Friends and Family with Migraines?

People who suffer with migraines face a number of critical challenges. It’s hard for them to maintain a good work schedule, and just as hard to get relaxation by spending time with friends and family. Seeing their challenges can make you want to help, but what can you do [...]

By |July 10th, 2019|Migraine|Comments Off on How Can You Help Friends and Family with Migraines?

Could Treating Sleep Apnea Help with Depression?

We know that people with chronic health problems often experience depression or anxiety associated with their condition, but the link with sleep apnea is stronger than usual. Mood disorders are common in people with sleep apnea, and depression is so commonly linked that it often masks the underlying problem [...]

By |June 26th, 2019|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Could Treating Sleep Apnea Help with Depression?

Tinnitus & TMJ: Partners in Crime

There’s an old wives’ tale that says when you hear a sharp ringing in your ears, that means someone is talking about you. Depending on who you hear it from, they might even add that ringing in the left ear means the talking is good while ringing in the right means the opposite. The belief [...]

By |June 12th, 2019|Tinnitus, TMJ|Comments Off on Tinnitus & TMJ: Partners in Crime

Sleep Apnea Linked to Cancer in Women

Sleep is critical to our body’s overall health and proper function. So it makes sense that a condition like sleep apnea, which disrupts sleep, would have far-ranging effects on our health. That’s why it’s not a surprise that new research has reaffirmed the potential link between sleep apnea and cancer. Although this [...]

By |May 29th, 2019|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea Linked to Cancer in Women

Migraine Associated with TMJ in Teens

We know that migraines are among the conditions that tend to be associated with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ). We also know that teens frequently develop TMJ. So it seems likely that migraine and TMJ would be associated with one another in teens. The association between these [...]

By |May 15th, 2019|Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Migraine Associated with TMJ in Teens

You Can Live Longer Thanks to Sleep Apnea Treatment

We know that sleep apnea is harmful. In fact, we keep finding new ways that it is harmful to us every day. One of the big questions that remains unanswered is how well sleep apnea treatment can help prevent these harms. There are many obstacles to showing this, and, [...]

By |May 1st, 2019|CPAP, Oral Appliance, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on You Can Live Longer Thanks to Sleep Apnea Treatment

Can You Get TMJ on Just One Side?

Many people experience TMJ symptoms, but tend to get them on just one side. They often ask us if it’s possible to develop temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) on one side. The answer is: yes, but it’s usually not just that side that’s affected. As the condition progresses, new symptoms will likely show [...]

By |April 17th, 2019|TMJ|Comments Off on Can You Get TMJ on Just One Side?

Sleep Apnea During Pregnancy Leads to Higher Blood Sugar

For pregnant women, controlling blood sugar is an important way to stay healthy. Women with higher blood sugar during pregnancy are more likely to develop diabetes, and their babies are more likely to be obese. Unfortunately, a new study shows that sleep apnea during pregnancy can lead to higher blood sugar all [...]

By |April 3rd, 2019|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea During Pregnancy Leads to Higher Blood Sugar

7 Things That Could Be Causing You to Wake with a Sore Jaw

If you wake up with a sore jaw in the morning, there might be a simple solution, or it might be a sign of serious, even deadly health problems. How can you tell? The best way is to see a TMJ dentist who can eliminate some of the more serious causes. But [...]

By |March 20th, 2019|Bruxism, TMJ|Comments Off on 7 Things That Could Be Causing You to Wake with a Sore Jaw

Does Sleep Apnea Make You Older?

No matter what anyone tells you, age is not just a number. Sure, we may have our chronological age, which is just a simple number, but in truth we all also have a biological age, which is much more than a number. Instead, it’s a complex manifestation of how our body is aging. Some factors [...]

By |March 6th, 2019|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Does Sleep Apnea Make You Older?

Winter Woes: Cold Weather’s Effect on TMJ Pain

There’s no time like the winter time! Beautiful white snowscapes, steaming hot chocolate, glistening icicles along the eaves of the house, and increased jaw pain — wait, what? Despite the things that make winter great, the cold weather can also come with heightened TMJ symptoms for many people. Though some people think pain fluctuation based [...]

By |February 16th, 2019|Chronic Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Winter Woes: Cold Weather’s Effect on TMJ Pain

How to Switch from CPAP to a Mouthguard for Sleep Apnea

Because CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) has long been considered the “gold standard” for sleep apnea treatment, it’s commonly prescribed as a frontline treatment. However, many people find that they can’t adapt to CPAP. This puts many people in the situation where they have to learn to transition from [...]

By |February 2nd, 2019|CPAP, Oral Appliance|Comments Off on How to Switch from CPAP to a Mouthguard for Sleep Apnea

Pain Questionnaire Can’t Distinguish TMJ from Other Types of Facial Pain

People with temporomandibular joint disorder (often called TMJ or TMD), can have a hard time getting a true diagnosis of their condition. Misdiagnosis is common. This can prevent people from getting successful treatment. There are many reasons why it’s hard to get an accurate diagnosis. Part of it is [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|TMJ|Comments Off on Pain Questionnaire Can’t Distinguish TMJ from Other Types of Facial Pain

Waking Up to Urinate at Night? Could Be Sleep Apnea, Not BPH

Nighttime urination, called nocturia, is one of the most annoying (and common) symptoms of aging. It makes it harder for you to get sleep you need, and it can be very uncomfortable, too. If you are experiencing this, you might first think that it’s linked to prostate problems like bph (benign prostatic hyperplasia), an enlarged [...]

By |January 2nd, 2019|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Waking Up to Urinate at Night? Could Be Sleep Apnea, Not BPH

Think You’re Too Young for Arthritis? Think Again

Arthritis is a condition that only affects old people, right? Wrong. Although it’s true that most people experience arthritis as part of aging, it’s also true that a significant number of people develop arthritis when they are quite young, perhaps even children. And when people develop arthritis, the temporomandibular joints (jaw joints) are often affected. [...]

By |December 19th, 2018|TMJ|Comments Off on Think You’re Too Young for Arthritis? Think Again

Women Might Be at Greater Risk from Snoring, Sleep Apnea

According to a new study, women might be at a higher risk for heart problems related to snoring and sleep apnea. They may also start to develop symptoms at a younger age. Researchers in the study also found that sleep apnea is probably greatly underdiagnosed among snorers. Women at [...]

By |December 5th, 2018|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Women Might Be at Greater Risk from Snoring, Sleep Apnea

Drug-Free Migraine Treatment Options Apply for Accelerated FDA Approval

In an attempt to help counter the ongoing crisis of opioid overdose in the US, the FDA has announced that devices for controlling pain can get through the approval process faster. This may mean that in the near future, we may have access to more drug-free treatments for migraines. But there’s even [...]

By |November 14th, 2018|Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Drug-Free Migraine Treatment Options Apply for Accelerated FDA Approval

6 Benefits of Seeing an Experienced Sleep Dentist

If you are looking for a sleep dentist to help you treat your sleep apnea without CPAP, take the time to consider your options carefully. Your sleep dentist will make a tremendous difference in the quality of your results and in the quality of your experience. One important thing [...]

By |October 31st, 2018|Oral Appliance, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on 6 Benefits of Seeing an Experienced Sleep Dentist

Two TMJ Misdiagnoses We Encounter Often

One of the biggest challenges of getting successful treatment for your TMJ is getting a successful diagnosis. TMJ symptoms often overlap with other conditions, and since many doctors don’t know much about TMJ, they are more likely to put a label on the symptoms that they feel more comfortable with. Since these [...]

By |October 18th, 2018|Bruxism, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Two TMJ Misdiagnoses We Encounter Often

Oral Appliance Therapy Can Be Cheaper Than CPAP over Long Term

If you have sleep apnea, you might be considering your treatment options. The two most effective treatments are CPAP and oral appliance therapy. It’s important to make sure that you choose a treatment that will be effective for you. If you’re unlikely to comply with CPAP, [...]

By |October 4th, 2018|CPAP, Oral Appliance|Comments Off on Oral Appliance Therapy Can Be Cheaper Than CPAP over Long Term

Questions to Ask When Your Regular Dentist Offers You a Night Guard

You’ve discovered that you’re a night bruxer. In other words, you clench and grind your teeth at night while you sleep. Your regular dentist is offering to give you a night guard to protect your teeth from future damage. It seems like a good idea to take it, but before you do, there are some [...]

By |September 19th, 2018|Bruxism, Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on Questions to Ask When Your Regular Dentist Offers You a Night Guard

Why Your Sleep Dentist Needs to Understand TMJ, Too

Sleep dentists are trained to help treat sleep apnea with the use of oral appliances. There are many dentists who will advertise their services as sleep dentists after just a short, focused training on oral appliances. However, if you are looking for a sleep dentist who is likely to give you the [...]

By |September 6th, 2018|CPAP, Oral Appliance, Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on Why Your Sleep Dentist Needs to Understand TMJ, Too

How to Get the Most out of Your Trigger Point Injection (TPI) Therapy

Trigger point injection (TPI) is a great treatment for chronic pain. It’s a very effective approach to treat both direct and referred pain. It’s a noninvasive treatment that can provide long-lasting relief for headaches and many other types of chronic pain. The risk of complications is very low, and [...]

By |August 23rd, 2018|BOTOX, Chronic Pain|Comments Off on How to Get the Most out of Your Trigger Point Injection (TPI) Therapy

For People at Risk for Dementia, Sleep Apnea Causes Brain Changes

As America’s population is getting older, we see an increased risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. This condition can lead to dramatically shortened lives for sufferers, and even in its early stages, dementia can rob sufferers of their quality of life. It also dramatically impacts the family of sufferers, who have to watch a loved [...]

By |August 9th, 2018|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on For People at Risk for Dementia, Sleep Apnea Causes Brain Changes

Could New TMJ Tissue Implant Eliminate TMJ Surgery?

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) are best treated early, before they result in destruction of the joint’s critical cushioning disc. Once that disc is destroyed, we currently have no alternative but surgery to replace the joint with an artificial replacement. Unfortunately, these replacement joints have very high complication rates and often don’t work [...]

By |July 26th, 2018|TMJ|Comments Off on Could New TMJ Tissue Implant Eliminate TMJ Surgery?

A Blood Test for Sleep Apnea? That Might Work

Sleep apnea is a potentially deadly condition, but, with treatment, risks may be reduced. However, before treatment can start, we have to detect people with the condition. That’s where having additional screening techniques can be helpful. The more ways we can detect sleep apnea, the more likely we are to find it [...]

By |June 28th, 2018|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on A Blood Test for Sleep Apnea? That Might Work

Why Isn’t There a Cure for TMJ?

A recent article in US News & World Report looked at one woman’s struggle to get treatment for her temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). It’s not a heartening story, because her symptoms persist, despite years of trying to get treatment for her condition. This can make people wonder: why don’t we have a [...]

By |June 14th, 2018|TMJ|Comments Off on Why Isn’t There a Cure for TMJ?

AASM Recommends against Medical Marijuana for Sleep Apnea

The approval of recreational marijuana in Colorado took some of the shine off the medical marijuana (MMJ) trade, but people still seek MMJ for a wide range of illnesses, such as nausea, headaches, chronic pain, anxiety, and insomnia. But is it good for sleep apnea? The Minnesota Department of Health apparently thought [...]

By |May 31st, 2018|CPAP, Oral Appliance, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on AASM Recommends against Medical Marijuana for Sleep Apnea

Workplace Environment Influences How Much Headaches Impact Your Work

People with chronic headaches suffer disability at work. Because of their recurring pain and related emotional strain, they often have to take time off from work. But the amount of disability people experience isn’t consistent. It varies from individual to individual, and, as a new study shows, workplace to workplace. This new [...]

By |May 17th, 2018|Headache|Comments Off on Workplace Environment Influences How Much Headaches Impact Your Work

Chronic Pain & the Danger of Opioids

If you keep up with the news lately, you will see how we are facing a severe opioid epidemic, with overdoses happening more often to a wider cross section of our society. The “Prescribed to Death” Memorial has been put in place in DC, calling attention to the dramatic toll these drugs are taking on [...]

By |April 19th, 2018|Chronic Pain|Comments Off on Chronic Pain & the Danger of Opioids

Can Advanced CPAP Help Vets with PTSD?

Sleep apnea has become one of the leading categories of disability handled by the Veterans Administration (VA). It’s even been shown that sleep apnea is causing these veterans to lose brain matter. But there are many challenges for trying to get help for veterans’ sleep apnea. Many of these veterans have PTSD [...]

By |April 12th, 2018|CPAP, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Can Advanced CPAP Help Vets with PTSD?

Who Is Most Likely to Experience Medication Overuse Headaches?

One of the big problems we have in the US is our reliance on medications to treat all medical conditions. The biggest sign of this problem is, of course, our deadly opium crisis, which resulted from patients and doctors turning to opioids too often for chronic pain conditions. But a more common sign [...]

By |March 29th, 2018|Headache|Comments Off on Who Is Most Likely to Experience Medication Overuse Headaches?

Are “Clinically Lazy” Doctors Less Likely to Catch TMJ?

There’s no doubt that medicine has changed dramatically in recent years. In some ways, it has improved considerably, with medical imaging technology giving us great insight into medical conditions. It has helped the diagnosis of TMJ considerably in our office. But at the same time, there have arguably been some declines in [...]

By |March 22nd, 2018|TMJ|Comments Off on Are “Clinically Lazy” Doctors Less Likely to Catch TMJ?

How to Tell If Sleep Apnea Is Affecting Your Driving (Before You Have an Accident)

One of the potentially deadly impacts of sleep apnea is that it can increase your risk of a serious car accident. In fact, it can increase your car accident risk five times. Sleep apnea is partly dangerous because most people who have it don’t know they have it. But it does leave [...]

By |March 15th, 2018|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on How to Tell If Sleep Apnea Is Affecting Your Driving (Before You Have an Accident)

Which Women Are More at Risk for Sleep Apnea in Pregnancy?

We are learning that sleep apnea is a major risk during pregnancy. It can harm both the mother and child. It’s vitally important that we identify which women are at risk for sleep apnea during pregnancy? That’s the focus of a new study from the NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver [...]

By |March 1st, 2018|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Which Women Are More at Risk for Sleep Apnea in Pregnancy?

People Regularly Overuse OTC Medications–and They Suffer for It

The nation has finally seen fit to declare a national emergency over the use of prescription opioid pain relievers. However, there are other classes of medication that are also very deadly, are also being abused, and may also need to be better controlled. These are over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications. Although most of us think it’s [...]

By |February 22nd, 2018|Chronic Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on People Regularly Overuse OTC Medications–and They Suffer for It

New Study Will Tell Us Whether Treating Sleep Apnea Prevents Dementia

Sleep apnea has been linked to an elevated risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. And it’s been shown to make it more likely that you develop dementia at an early age.  But there are still some gaps in our knowledge. Most importantly, we don’t yet know whether treating sleep [...]

By |February 15th, 2018|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on New Study Will Tell Us Whether Treating Sleep Apnea Prevents Dementia

Jaw Pain Is Another Good Reason to Lose Weight

Is losing weight one of your New Year’s resolutions? Are you starting to flag on it? Well, if so, consider this incentive: patients who lost weight were able to see their pain reduce in many joints throughout the body, not just the joints that have to bear the weight. This means not only that weight [...]

By |February 1st, 2018|Chronic Pain, Jaw Pain|Comments Off on Jaw Pain Is Another Good Reason to Lose Weight

Diagnosing and Treating Sleep Apnea in the Hospital Improves Survival

Medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the US, according to recent estimates. Although it’s hard to say for sure, it’s likely that one of the most serious--and easily preventable--medical errors is a failure to treat sleep apnea among hospital patients. Now a new large study shows just [...]

By |January 25th, 2018|CPAP, Oral Appliance, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Diagnosing and Treating Sleep Apnea in the Hospital Improves Survival

Migraine Surgery Is Successful in Study

Migraine surgery remains a controversial procedure to treat migraines. Although advocates push its potential benefits, the studies demonstrating these benefits have been questioned, and the cost, side effects, and other drawbacks have been shown to be significant. Now a new study is demonstrating the potential functional benefits of migraine surgery, lending additional [...]

By |January 18th, 2018|Migraine|Comments Off on Migraine Surgery Is Successful in Study

Snoring, Impacts Dominated Top 10 Health Concerns in 2017

Welcome to 2018. Now that 2017 is behind us, it’s a great time to look back at the year that was and consider its impacts. Enter all the year-end retrospectives, some of which are more interesting than others (top 10 retractions, anyone? Anyone?) One of the more interesting lists that came out at the end [...]

By |January 4th, 2018|Sleep Apnea, Snoring|Comments Off on Snoring, Impacts Dominated Top 10 Health Concerns in 2017

Can Your Thoughts Control Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a disruptive, even disabling symptom, although it’s often hard to track down what it’s a symptom of. People with tinnitus may have difficulty working, and they can experience a significant mental health burden, which may include depression and even suicide attempts. One of the most serious obstacles for tinnitus sufferers [...]

By |December 28th, 2017|Tinnitus, TMJ|Comments Off on Can Your Thoughts Control Tinnitus?

New Study Shows Oral Appliances as Effective as CPAP for Sleep Apnea

For years, CPAP has been considered the gold standard of treatment for sleep apnea. It’s essentially 100% effective: people using CPAP properly don’t have apneic episodes. However, there have also been doubts about whether this theoretical effectiveness translated to the best results for patients. Now we know that oral [...]

By |December 21st, 2017|CPAP, Oral Appliance, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on New Study Shows Oral Appliances as Effective as CPAP for Sleep Apnea

New Trials Show Promise of Migraine Drugs in Development

Migraine sufferers have long struggled to find successful migraine treatments. And when they do, these treatments come with numerous potential side effects. Few migraine sufferers have found a treatment that they are happy with. But that may soon change, with the development of new migraine drugs that target a key link in the causal mechanism [...]

By |December 7th, 2017|Headache, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on New Trials Show Promise of Migraine Drugs in Development

Even Healthy Weight Women See Higher Sleep Apnea Risk at Menopause

A woman’s risk of sleep apnea can vary widely over her lifetime. She is at the highest risk for the condition when she is pregnant and after menopause. In the past, it seemed that weight gain played the most significant role in increasing risk at these times, but a [...]

By |November 30th, 2017|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Even Healthy Weight Women See Higher Sleep Apnea Risk at Menopause

Why Have You Suddenly Started Snoring?

For many people, the realization that they’re snorers comes as a shock. Snoring is something other people do, not them, and now their whole self-image is shaken. Not only that, but the realization may come to threaten their relationship, whether it’s a new romance or a long-established marriage. But what has caused [...]

By |November 2nd, 2017|Snoring|Comments Off on Why Have You Suddenly Started Snoring?

Understanding Migraine as Protective Mechanism Could Transform Treatment

It’s probably the last thing you want to hear when you’re fighting through the pain and nausea of your migraine: it’s good for you. But that’s exactly what one researcher is proposing, that migraines might actually be a protective mechanism for the brain, and that utilizing the techniques of migraines--although hopefully without the pain--could revolutionize [...]

By |October 26th, 2017|Migraine|Comments Off on Understanding Migraine as Protective Mechanism Could Transform Treatment

No Matter the Cause, Sleep Disturbance Leads to Recurring Heart Risk

Getting enough sleep is critical to ensuring the health of your body, especially your heart. Many people don’t understand this, however, until they end up in the hospital after a heart attack or other major coronary event (MCE). By that time, the situation is critical, and sleep problems like sleep apnea have to be treated. [...]

By |October 19th, 2017|CPAP, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on No Matter the Cause, Sleep Disturbance Leads to Recurring Heart Risk

TMJ May Increase Risk of Chronic Migraine

We know that there’s a strong link between migraines and TMJ. Although it’s hard to establish a causal link, we know through our practice that people with TMJ are more likely to suffer more migraines--and more likely to experience severe migraines. Now a study from Brazil has confirmed at [...]

By |October 5th, 2017|Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ May Increase Risk of Chronic Migraine

Trigger Point Injections for Headaches, Migraines & Muscle Pain

Headaches and migraines are complex conditions with many potential causes. In order to be able to treat them properly, we have to be prepared to offer many different treatments that can target these causes and provide relief. One treatment we offer for these and other painful conditions is trigger point injections. This safe, [...]

By |September 28th, 2017|Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on Trigger Point Injections for Headaches, Migraines & Muscle Pain

Sleep Apnea Diagnosis Saved the Career of NFL Center Ryan Jensen

It’s impossible to understand just how damaging sleep apnea can be if you haven’t been there. And, unfortunately, for many people who are there, the cause of their problems isn’t at all obvious. That was the case for current starting center Ryan Jensen, who didn’t realize that sleep apnea was causing him [...]

By |September 21st, 2017|Oral Appliance, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea Diagnosis Saved the Career of NFL Center Ryan Jensen

Patients With TMJ More Likely to Smoke, Have Allergies

Did you know that over 10 million Americans are estimated to have TMJ? Despite how common the disorder is, researchers are still struggling to pinpoint its cause. Studies have identified connections to chewing gum and oral piercings, and some statistics even suggest millennials may be suffering from the disorder [...]

By |August 31st, 2017|TMJ|Comments Off on Patients With TMJ More Likely to Smoke, Have Allergies

Eye Disease Risks Higher for Those With Diabetes, Sleep Apnea

If you wake up your partner with loud snoring throughout the night, it may be more than just an annoyance — it could be a red flag. Sleep apnea has many symptoms, including daytime fatigue and morning headaches, but snoring is the hardest symptom to miss. If you do have sleep apnea, [...]

By |August 24th, 2017|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Eye Disease Risks Higher for Those With Diabetes, Sleep Apnea

Does New Sleep Apnea “Pacemaker” Go Too Far?

After sleep apnea diagnosis, the first line of treatment is usually a machine called CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure. This machine forces air through a facial mask to keep your airway from collapsing, preventing sleep apnea episodes. Unfortunately, despite its effectiveness as a treatment, CPAP only works if patients [...]

By |August 10th, 2017|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Does New Sleep Apnea “Pacemaker” Go Too Far?

Maintaining Oral Hygiene When You Have TMJ

Living with temporomandibular joint disorder, more commonly known as TMJ, means lots of things. It means monitoring everything from your diet to your pain triggers to keep your jaw working as normally as possible. It means working with professionals for treatment and putting together a self-management plan

By |July 26th, 2017|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Maintaining Oral Hygiene When You Have TMJ

CPAP Can Help… If You Use It Right

If you’ve been doing your research on sleep apnea, you know that this sleep disorder is accompanied by some potentially deadly risks, ranging from blindness to stroke to kidney disease. To avoid those risks, it’s essential to seek treatment for sleep apnea. But new research shows that simply going through the motions [...]

By |July 12th, 2017|CPAP, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on CPAP Can Help… If You Use It Right

Lessen TMJ Pain With Nutritional Choices

If you suffer from TMJ disorder, you are probably already getting treatment from a dentist to reduce pain and prevent further damage to your joints. Treatments from medical professionals are imperative, since untreated TMJ generally worsens over time. But medical professionals aren’t the only ones who can help reduce the pain caused [...]

By |July 5th, 2017|Home Care, TMJ|Comments Off on Lessen TMJ Pain With Nutritional Choices

Sleep Apnea Shares Deadly Risks of Hypertension

You’re probably aware of the dangers of high blood pressure, also called hypertension. The long term pressure of your blood against your artery walls can eventually lead to health problems if untreated. But are you aware that those same risks accompany sleep apnea? The Dangers of Hypertension Although the heart problems associated with hypertension are [...]

By |June 29th, 2017|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea Shares Deadly Risks of Hypertension

Which Type of Sleep Apnea Do You Have?

You may know that sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes the sufferer to stop breathing periodically while asleep. You may know that aside from unpleasant symptoms like snoring, daytime fatigue, and difficulty focusing, it also comes hand-in-hand with life-threatening risks like stroke and heart failure. But you [...]

By |June 14th, 2017|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Which Type of Sleep Apnea Do You Have?

Is TMJ Affecting Your Sleep?

If you’ve been diagnosed with TMJ or you suffer from TMJ symptoms, you may not think to link those troubles to your sleep. This common joint disorder is characterized by a misaligned bite, resulting in tension and stress on the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jaw to the skull. That tension can [...]

By |June 7th, 2017|Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on Is TMJ Affecting Your Sleep?

Sleep Apnea Could Come With Pregnancy Complications

Pregnancy often comes with anticipation, celebration, excitement, and nerves. But if you have obstructive sleep apnea, pregnancy could come with more than just a healthy glow and some morning sickness: It could come with complications. To make matters worse, even if a woman doesn’t suffer from sleep apnea normally, her pregnancy can [...]

By |May 31st, 2017|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea Could Come With Pregnancy Complications

Millennials Get More Physical Therapy for TMJ

If you’ve heard about millennials in the news lately, it’s probably because someone is claiming that they’re killing something. From department stores to golf, millennials have even been pinned with the cold-blooded murder of lunch. But while millennials aren’t spending their spare time destroying important American industries like napkins, they’re experiencing unprecedented levels of mental [...]

By |May 17th, 2017|TMJ|Comments Off on Millennials Get More Physical Therapy for TMJ

What To Expect From a Sleep Study

Have you been snoring, experiencing daytime fatigue and focus problems, or even just waking with the feeling that you didn’t sleep well? These could be signs of a sleep disorder. If you’ve been experiencing sleep-related symptoms, it may be time to have a sleep study done. Your doctor can refer you to [...]

By |May 10th, 2017|CPAP, Oral Appliance, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on What To Expect From a Sleep Study

What Makes Up a TMJ Self-Management Program?

Temporomandibular joint disorder is a complex and painful condition that above all requires treatment by experienced medical professionals like TMJ dentist Dr. Kevin Berry. But not all TMJ treatment takes place at the dentist’s office — some of it has to take place at home. An [...]

By |May 3rd, 2017|Home Care, TMJ|Comments Off on What Makes Up a TMJ Self-Management Program?

Sleep Apnea Is Killing Kids’ Brain Cells

Far from a simple snoring problem, sleep apnea has been proven again and again to be incredibly dangerous. This sleep breathing disorder doesn’t just impact daily quality of life, but increases your risk of premature death by three times. Untreated sleep apnea puts you at heightened risk of high [...]

By |April 19th, 2017|CPAP, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea Is Killing Kids’ Brain Cells

Is Sleep Apnea Linked to Cognitive Decline?

Even though the average person may still view sleep apnea as little more than an embarrassing or disruptive snoring problem, studies have repeatedly shown that the widespread sleeping disorder is responsible for a host of deadly side effects. Stroke, heart disease, kidney damage, and more are all provably connected [...]

By |April 6th, 2017|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Is Sleep Apnea Linked to Cognitive Decline?

Piercings, Gum, and Fingernails: Are Your Habits Giving You TMJ?

Some estimates suggest that more than 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ, a disorder in which the jaw joint is misaligned, creating tension and pain. And it’s no wonder that the disorder is so common — a new study shows that habits as seemingly harmless as chewing gum can put undue pressure [...]

By |March 16th, 2017|TMJ|Comments Off on Piercings, Gum, and Fingernails: Are Your Habits Giving You TMJ?

There’s An App For That Apnea (Or Will Be!)

It’s a common misconception that sleep apnea is nothing more than a snoring problem. But in reality, sleep apnea is a dangerous, potentially even deadly disorder that impacts everything from your daily routines to your life expectancy. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes the sleeper’s airway to become obstructed, stopping [...]

By |March 10th, 2017|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on There’s An App For That Apnea (Or Will Be!)

Sleep Apnea, Hypertension Tied to Deadly Health Risks

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects millions of Americans — some research suggests as many as one in ten. People with sleep apnea may stop breathing hundreds of times per night. Of course, it’s hard to recognize your symptoms when you’re sleeping through many of them: Most people with the disorder go [...]

By |February 10th, 2017|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea, Hypertension Tied to Deadly Health Risks

Should Everyone Be Tested for Sleep Apnea?

There are plenty of routine screenings that are accepted as a normal part of our lives and medical experiences. When women reach their forties, doctors start recommending that they get regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer. Once you hit fifty, you enter colonoscopy territory. Tests like these become standard because they can help expose [...]

By |February 2nd, 2017|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Should Everyone Be Tested for Sleep Apnea?

Not All TMJ Symptoms Are In Your Jaw

For people suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly referred to as TMJ, there are a variety of unpleasant symptoms. Jaw pain is a common indicator of the disorder, as is the tendency to clench or grind teeth. Some people experience popping or clicking sounds when they open [...]

By |January 19th, 2017|Headache, Jaw Pain, Tinnitus, TMJ|Comments Off on Not All TMJ Symptoms Are In Your Jaw

Sleep Apnea Endangers Truckers, Train Operators

Last week, a commuter train derailed at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal, injuring more than a hundred people. The cause of the crash hasn’t yet been confirmed, but it didn’t take long for investigators to draw comparisons to a similar crash in Hoboken last September. The cause of that crash was sleep apnea. The train [...]

By |January 12th, 2017|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea Endangers Truckers, Train Operators

Bite Splints Can Provide TMJ Relief

Every case of TMJ is different, and because of that, every treatment must also be different. One common treatment is a bite splint, which is popular because it’s a quick-working solution that isn’t permanent, providing flexibility of treatment. While a bite splint isn’t the right treatment for everyone, it’s a good start for [...]

By |January 5th, 2017|Oral Appliance, TMJ|Comments Off on Bite Splints Can Provide TMJ Relief

Broncos Past and Present Join Fight to Tackle Sleep Apnea

A number of current and former Denver Broncos players, as well as other NFL greats, will ring in the new year with an event to raise awareness about sleep apnea and its related health risks. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet NFL players, learn about sleep apnea, win prizes, and bid [...]

By |December 27th, 2016|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Broncos Past and Present Join Fight to Tackle Sleep Apnea

Train of Thought: Sleep Apnea a Factor in Fatal Rail Crashes

Sleep apnea was recently revealed as a factor in two deadly railroad accidents, and this life-threatening sleep disorder is the driving force behind an effort to require train operators and commercial truck drivers to undergo additional screening to improve rail safety. Sleep Apnea and Driving Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common [...]

By |December 14th, 2016|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Train of Thought: Sleep Apnea a Factor in Fatal Rail Crashes

Wrinkles and Beyond: A Closer Look at BOTOX® for TMJ Pain

Most people know BOTOX® Cosmetic as a treatment for facial wrinkles and fine lines. But for some people, BOTOX® may also relieve the chronic jaw pain associated with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). TMJ causes vary widely, and BOTOX® isn’t effective for everyone. In some cases, an oral appliance known as a bite splint [...]

By |December 7th, 2016|BOTOX, TMJ|Comments Off on Wrinkles and Beyond: A Closer Look at BOTOX® for TMJ Pain

Sleep On It: Tips for Those Struggling with CPAP

As the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) moves closer to mandating sleep apnea testing for commercial truck drivers and railroad operators, some transportation companies are taking steps to prepare workers for diagnosis and treatment. One of the most challenging steps in treating sleep apnea is often the prescribed treatment itself: CPAP. [...]

By |November 23rd, 2016|CPAP|Comments Off on Sleep On It: Tips for Those Struggling with CPAP

Sleep Apnea Can Fuel Depression in Kids

Depression is an oft-overlooked side-effect of sleep apnea, and it can be especially dangerous to one of sleep apnea’s most oft-overlooked demographics: children. Sleep Apnea and Children Upward of 3 percent of children are believed to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to a recent Fox News report that examines the [...]

By |November 17th, 2016|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea Can Fuel Depression in Kids

Stem School: Researchers Find Cells that May Combat TMJ

Stem cells that facilitate the growth of new cartilage and rejuvenate damaged joints have been identified in a joint that is prone to premature wear and causes discomfort in millions of Americans: the temporomandibular joint. Temporomandibular joints are integral in connecting the jaw and the skull, and there is one on each side of the [...]

By |November 9th, 2016|BOTOX, TMJ|Comments Off on Stem School: Researchers Find Cells that May Combat TMJ

Some Stay Sleepy Despite CPAP

A limited attention span, impaired decision-making skills and daytime fatigue are among the common side-effects of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Treatment is supposed to eliminate these and other effects of sleep apnea. However, a new study indicates those complications may persist even if an individual is treated with continuous positive airway pressure [...]

By |October 27th, 2016|CPAP, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Some Stay Sleepy Despite CPAP

Migraines Deliver Big Hits (Just Ask Coach Kubiak)

Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak was sidelined for last Thursday’s loss against the Chargers with what the team deemed a “complex migraine condition.” “Complex migraine” is a general term, and it can refer to a severe migraine, a migraine accompanied by visual aura, or lingering migraine complications. The precise cause of Kubiak’s migraine has [...]

By |October 20th, 2016|Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Migraines Deliver Big Hits (Just Ask Coach Kubiak)

Tusk the Facts, Ma’am: Walruses Often Develop TMJ

Temporomandibular joints are among the physical characteristics that differentiate mammals from other vertebrates. These joints—one on each side of the jaw—help connect the mandible to the skull and provide the range of motion necessary for biting, chewing and (in humans) speaking. The joints also lend their name to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), [...]

By |October 13th, 2016|BOTOX, Headache, TMJ|Comments Off on Tusk the Facts, Ma’am: Walruses Often Develop TMJ

Athletes, Collectors Put Money Where Mouthguard Is

NBA All-Star Stephen Curry has become something of an inadvertent ambassador for mouthguards, which help protect pro and amateur athletes alike from injuries to the jaw and mouth. Curry draws significant attention on the court, and his mouthguards are similarly high-profile; Curry is known for chewing his mouthguards during game breaks and [...]

By |October 10th, 2016|Oral Appliance|Comments Off on Athletes, Collectors Put Money Where Mouthguard Is

New Sleep Apnea Study Gives Old Research a Hands-On Twist

A recent study illustrated with three-dimensional life what related research has indicated primarily with boring numbers: Untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) impairs driving and increases the risk of traffic accidents. Though its findings aren’t surprising, this new look at OSA and driving arrives amid a broader discussion of sleep apnea’s dangers and [...]

By |September 22nd, 2016|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on New Sleep Apnea Study Gives Old Research a Hands-On Twist

Joint Effort: Research Examines TMJ, Arthritis Connection

Arthritis is sometimes a factor in the jaw pain associated with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a common condition that can also lead to migraine-like headaches, soreness in the neck and shoulders, and other uncomfortable symptoms. Current and forthcoming research aims to provide a better understanding of the relationship between certain types of [...]

By |September 15th, 2016|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Joint Effort: Research Examines TMJ, Arthritis Connection

Sleep Apnea, CPAP Study a Wake-Up Call

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) has long been the most widely prescribed treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a life-threatening disorder that causes sufferers to repeatedly stop breathing during sleep. OSA is thought to affect more than 25 million Americans, and it is accompanied by an increased risk for heart disease, heart [...]

By |September 1st, 2016|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea, CPAP Study a Wake-Up Call

Research Examines Sleep Apnea Devices, TMJ Relationship

Oral appliances are widely used to treat disruptive snoring and mild to moderate forms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a common and life-threatening sleep disorder. As the use of these appliances, which are sometimes referred to as mandibular advancement devices, has grown in recent years so has concern about potential effects on [...]

By |August 25th, 2016|Oral Appliance, TMJ|Comments Off on Research Examines Sleep Apnea Devices, TMJ Relationship

Fitness Doesn’t Always Offer Solace from Sleep Apnea

Obesity is a risk factor for sleep apnea, although not everyone who suffers from sleep apnea is overweight. Similarly, exercise and weight loss can reduce the risk for sleep apnea and—in conjunction with treatment—limit sleep apnea’s effects, although many who suffer from sleep apnea are within their ideal weight ranges and are [...]

By |August 17th, 2016|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Fitness Doesn’t Always Offer Solace from Sleep Apnea

Mutton Props: The Role of Sheep in TMJ Research

Modern medical research is moving away from the use of animals where possible as new testing technology and methods become available, and as more people question the ethics and effectiveness of animal testing. As we strive for better approaches to research and experimentation, we should not overlook animals’ contributions to the development of medications and [...]

By |August 4th, 2016|TMJ|Comments Off on Mutton Props: The Role of Sheep in TMJ Research

Snoring Rate May Help Predict Sleep Apnea

Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, and for loved ones in the presence of a snorer the term “snoring threshold” has a figurative meaning as well as a medical one. A literal snoring threshold that gauges snoring instances could prove valuable in assessing sleep disorders. A recent study suggests home-based screening of this [...]

By |July 28th, 2016|Home Care, Sleep Apnea, Snoring|Comments Off on Snoring Rate May Help Predict Sleep Apnea

Physical Injuries and TMJ Disorders

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a fascinating condition for medical professionals, including researchers, because it impacts millions of people and it is connected to many potential underlying causes. The headaches, jaw pain and other discomfort associated with TMJ are often byproducts of a bite condition or a misaligned jaw, but TMJ disorders [...]

By |July 21st, 2016|TMJ|Comments Off on Physical Injuries and TMJ Disorders

Are You a Drowsy Driver? Sleep Apnea May be Behind the Wheel

Many people dismiss consistent feelings of daytime fatigue and drowsiness while driving. Yet these two symptoms can be indicators of serious medical problems, including sleep apnea, and increasing attention is being focused on the dangers they pose to others. The Deadly Effects of Drowsy Driving Harvard University recently hosted a forum titled [...]

By |July 8th, 2016|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Are You a Drowsy Driver? Sleep Apnea May be Behind the Wheel

A Little Exercise May Go a Long Way in Treating Sleep Apnea

Moderate, regular exercise has health benefits too numerous to list, among them — according to recent research — is that it may help prevent or reduce the adverse effects associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Exercise and Sleep Apnea OSA is the most common type of sleep apnea, and [...]

By |June 22nd, 2016|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on A Little Exercise May Go a Long Way in Treating Sleep Apnea

What’s That Ringing? It Could be the Sound of TMJ Disorder

Those afflicted by the chronically uncomfortable condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) endure multiple symptoms, some of which — including headaches, jaw pain and difficulty chewing — provide a direct link to TMJ in the presence of one another. Other indicators, such as tinnitus, can prove more elusive but no less [...]

By |June 8th, 2016|Tinnitus, TMJ|Comments Off on What’s That Ringing? It Could be the Sound of TMJ Disorder

Study Furthers Evidence That Sleep Apnea Raises Heart Risks

Previous research has linked sleep apnea to an increased risk of heart problems including high blood pressure, heart attack and heart disease. The results of a new study indicate that the connection may run deeper, and that sleep apnea might actually worsen existing heart disease. Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease Obstructive [...]

By |June 3rd, 2016|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Study Furthers Evidence That Sleep Apnea Raises Heart Risks

Horses Also Saddled With TMJ Disorder

A horse is a horse, of course, but scientific research into the anatomy and medical conditions of animals like horses can also help us better understand our own bodies and health ailments. One such area of focus is the temporomandibular joint and its role in temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Temporomandibular joints connect [...]

By |May 12th, 2016|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Horses Also Saddled With TMJ Disorder

CPAP Alternatives Overlooked in Sleep Apnea Testing Debate

Potential federal sleep apnea testing regulations for truck drivers, railroad operators and bus drivers have stirred substantial debate since they were proposed just over a month ago, but one fact is often overlooked amid public comment and commercial-transport industry discussions: When it comes to treating sleep apnea, CPAP is not the only [...]

By |May 3rd, 2016|CPAP, Oral Appliance, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on CPAP Alternatives Overlooked in Sleep Apnea Testing Debate

Research Examines Pain Onset in TMJ Disorder, Fibromyalgia

Approximately 3 million Americans are thought to suffer from fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by chronic, widespread, musculoskeletal pain. Many with fibromyalgia also experience temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), which causes recurring headaches, jaw pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. Over the past decade, substantial research has focused on the relationship between [...]

By |April 28th, 2016|Headache, TMJ|Comments Off on Research Examines Pain Onset in TMJ Disorder, Fibromyalgia

5 Often-Overlooked Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Snoring excepted, many people with sleep apnea suffer in silence. But snoring alone is not always a symptom of sleep apnea, and if only people realized the impact sleep apnea on their lives, they would be more likely to speak up to their doctor. Following are five common, but [...]

By |April 21st, 2016|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on 5 Often-Overlooked Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Alligator Discovery May Lead to Better Understanding of TMJ

Scientists have long known that the crocodilian species — which includes various types of crocodiles, alligators and caimans — have the strongest bites in the animal kingdom. What was not entirely understood was just how these aquatic reptiles are able to generate such extreme force. But the recent discovery of a second jaw joint in [...]

By |April 14th, 2016|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Alligator Discovery May Lead to Better Understanding of TMJ

Sleep Apnea Strikes Out Against Baseball All-Star

This week marks the opening of the 2016 baseball season, and while the Denver-based Colorado Rockies again seem faced with big questions, one Major League All-Star in the offseason found the answer to sleep apnea, a common and potentially life-threatening disorder. Fielder Fields Sleep Apnea Early in spring training, six-time All-Star Prince [...]

By |April 7th, 2016|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea Strikes Out Against Baseball All-Star

The Nerve: TMJ Shares Symptoms with Rare Trigeminal Disorder

Because temporomandibular joint disorder is characterized by a number of symptoms that are common in other medical problems or health ailments, many patients suffer through multiple attempts at diagnosis before arriving at a neuromuscular dentist with experience in correctly assessing and successfully treating TMJ disorder. But as a recent Washington Post article [...]

By |March 30th, 2016|Chronic Pain, Headache, Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on The Nerve: TMJ Shares Symptoms with Rare Trigeminal Disorder

Federal Agencies Propose Sleep Apnea Testing

Truck drivers, bus operators, and railroad workers could join pilots in being mandated to test for sleep apnea under a proposed federal rule backed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Tens of millions of Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder in which breathing [...]

By |March 24th, 2016|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Federal Agencies Propose Sleep Apnea Testing

Consumer Watchdog Takes Bite out of Pillow’s TMJ Claims

A quality pillow is an important component of a good night’s sleep, but there is no medical evidence indicating it can treat physical ailments like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a fact the consumer watchdog nonprofit Truth in Advertising noted last month in regards to claims made by a popular pillow manufacturer. MyPillow [...]

By |March 17th, 2016|Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on Consumer Watchdog Takes Bite out of Pillow’s TMJ Claims

Why Some Dentists Diagnose and Treat TMJ Differently

Although the painful condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (also referred to as TMJ or TMD) is a dental-centric problem, its uncomfortable symptoms are felt throughout the body, from recurring headaches to back pain to tingling in the hands and fingers. Because the symptoms of TMJ disorder can be vague, and many indicators [...]

By |February 24th, 2016|TMJ|Comments Off on Why Some Dentists Diagnose and Treat TMJ Differently

What is GABA and How Does it Relate to Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea, a common condition in which a person’s breathing stops multiple times during the night, wreaks havoc on sleep patterns and leads to daytime drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and other adverse symptoms. It also contributes to a heightened risk of serious health problems including hypertension, heart disease and stroke. Yet until recently, [...]

By |February 22nd, 2016|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on What is GABA and How Does it Relate to Sleep Apnea?

Can Singing Lessons Help With TMJ?

Iggy Azalea has recently proclaimed on Twitter that her singing lessons have done more than just help her prepare for future albums. Believe it or not, she claims her singing lessons have actually helped her with her TMJ as well. At the beginning of 2015, the Aussie singer shared news of her TMJ [...]

By |February 18th, 2016|Home Care, Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Can Singing Lessons Help With TMJ?

Is CPAP Giving You Acne?

If you have sleep apnea, the odds are good that your doctor prescribed you with CPAP (after all, we know they’re not good at offering alternatives). But while the CPAP can be very effective, it has a number of drawbacks, which can make people opt not to use the Sleep Apnea Treatment in Denver

By |February 9th, 2016|CPAP, Oral Appliance|Comments Off on Is CPAP Giving You Acne?

Could Shockwaves Help Treat Your TMJ?

People with TMJ may become frustrated with conventional treatments and may consider many alternative treatments. One that some people are advocating for is extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), but there’s no proof that this therapy can actually help treat your TMJ.   How ESWT Works ESWT creates shockwaves by using an impactor that [...]

By |February 3rd, 2016|TMJ|Comments Off on Could Shockwaves Help Treat Your TMJ?

Doctors Don’t Tell Patients about CPAP Alternatives

When it comes to treating sleep apnea, CPAP is a paradox. On the one hand, it’s the best treatment available. It’s almost 100% successful when used properly. But on the other hand, it’s the worst treatment possible. Many people who are prescribed CPAP find that they can’t deal with the side effects, such [...]

By |January 20th, 2016|CPAP, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Doctors Don’t Tell Patients about CPAP Alternatives

The Future of CPAP Machines

Despite being the gold standard for the potentially life threatening condition, sleep apnea many people have issues using their CPAP machines. Many find the machines too cumbersome, or have issues with the mask not fitting quite right. Those suffering from PTSD find the CPAP machine especially difficult to [...]

By |January 7th, 2016|CPAP, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on The Future of CPAP Machines

Using Pot to Treat Pain

Unless you have been living under a rock you know that marijuana is now legal for medical and recreational use in four states. One of those four being our very own Colorado. A staggering 23 states and Washington, DC have legalized medical marijuana. Clearly there is something about marijuana that makes it useful as medication, [...]

By |December 30th, 2015|Chronic Pain, Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on Using Pot to Treat Pain

Bad Morning Breath Could Indicate Sleep Apnea

Having a little bit of morning breath is normal and may not be a cause for alarm, but if you’ve noticed that your morning breath has gotten worse, or if it’s gotten more common and you can’t improve it, then you might want to consider it might be related to sleep apnea. Linking [...]

By |December 23rd, 2015|Sleep Apnea, Snoring|Comments Off on Bad Morning Breath Could Indicate Sleep Apnea

Developments Made in Rebuilding TMJ Joint

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is not only a very painful condition affecting the jaw, but can also put a huge strain on your day to day life. There are a number of things that you can do to protect your temporomandibular joint, but what can you do if you already have TMJ? X. [...]

By |December 16th, 2015|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Developments Made in Rebuilding TMJ Joint

Robotic Sleep Apnea Surgery on the Rise

Sleep apnea has been linked to a number of adverse health effects such as stroke and even depression. Typically a CPAP machine or dental appliance in conjunction with lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise are used to treat sleep apnea. Despite the proven effectiveness in treating sleep apnea, [...]

By |December 2nd, 2015|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Robotic Sleep Apnea Surgery on the Rise

New Medication Claims to Prevent Migraines

Migraines have proven to be extremely tricky to treat with recent studies indicating that those suffering from migraines are increasingly dissatisfied with their treatment plan. Many doctors today are relying on drugs that can have strong negative side effects (such as opioids). As if the side effects were not bad enough, [...]

By |November 25th, 2015|Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on New Medication Claims to Prevent Migraines

Can Heat Help With TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can be a major source of pain and discomfort for those suffering from the disorder. TMJ has been linked to migraines, facial pain, as well as neck and shoulder pain due to the interconnectivity of the nerves running along the temporomandibular joint and the cooperative action of [...]

By |November 23rd, 2015|Home Care, Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Can Heat Help With TMJ?

Is Sleep Apnea Leading to Gout Flares?

Sleep apnea can cause a huge strain on your life. It leads to a wide range of health issues, such as difficulties with cognition, and an increased risk of heart failure, heart disease, and stroke if left untreated. As if all of those conditions were not bad [...]

By |November 17th, 2015|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Is Sleep Apnea Leading to Gout Flares?

Can Music Cure Hangovers?

We have all been there. As you wake up the next morning from a night out, you reach over and shut off the alarm that's ringing sounds like a million bombs going off in your ears. Last night was fun, probably a little too fun, and now you are hungover and are faced with the [...]

By |November 5th, 2015|Headache, Home Care, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Can Music Cure Hangovers?

Understanding the Epworth Sleepiness Scale

It is normal for people to go through their days a little groggy, but for many it is hard to simply rate their level of sleepiness. Would you rate it on a one to ten scale? What different variables go into the equation? Luckily there is a way for sleep specialists to quantify sleepiness into [...]

By |October 28th, 2015|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Understanding the Epworth Sleepiness Scale

Oral Appliances, A Good Alternative for Truckers

We recently discussed how CPAP is proving to be a difficult method of treatment for sleep apnea for those with PTSD, and truck drivers have been also finding issues with CPAP. The federal government has been increasing screenings for sleep apnea among truckers. While this is not necessary a bad idea, [...]

By |October 21st, 2015|CPAP, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Oral Appliances, A Good Alternative for Truckers

Oral Appliances Can Help With Parkinson’s Disease

Denver Treatment For Parkinson’s Symptoms is a neurological disease that affects motor skills. Usually those diagnosed with Parkinson's experience debilitating tremors as well as stiff muscles. Many people also rely heavily on expensive medication that only mask some of the symptoms. While there is not a cure for Parkinson's as of yet, there is treatment that [...]

By |October 14th, 2015|Movement Disorders|Comments Off on Oral Appliances Can Help With Parkinson’s Disease

Can Ear Piercings Alleviate Migraines?

Most migraine sufferers have tried many different treatments, often with little or no success, until they stumble on something that works. That was the case for a British woman, who recently found that her ear piercing relieved her migraines. And she’s not the only one to get these results. Could this [...]

By |October 7th, 2015|Headache, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Can Ear Piercings Alleviate Migraines?

Sleep Apnea’s Impact on Daily Cognition

We know that sleep apnea has a long-term impact on cognition. It can lead to dementia. But it’s been harder to measure the impact of sleep apnea on your cognitive acuity daily. Now, though, researchers have shown that they can measure cognitive changes related to sleep apnea on a daily basis. Not only [...]

By |October 2nd, 2015|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea’s Impact on Daily Cognition

Sleep Apnea Treatment Can Break the Cycle of Poor Health

Many people with sleep apnea don’t realize they have it. They also don’t realize that it’s behind many of the serious health problems they’ve been experiencing. Worse, when people have sleep apnea, it creates a cycle of poor health that can cause rapid declines in health and make it hard to get better. Fortunately,

By |September 23rd, 2015|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea Treatment Can Break the Cycle of Poor Health

Can BOTOX ® Erase the Pain of a Bad Breakup?

We’re not sure how big a trend it’s becoming, but among the millions of people who get BOTOX ® Cosmetic injections every year, there seems to be a growing number of women who are seeking it out not just to erase the lines left by worry, anger, and crying from a relationship, but the bad [...]

By |September 16th, 2015|BOTOX|Comments Off on Can BOTOX ® Erase the Pain of a Bad Breakup?

Using CPAP to Treat Sleep Apnea May Not Help Patients with PTSD

Sleep apnea can be hard to deal with, and often the treatment doesn’t really seem a solution so much as another set of problems. The most commonly prescribed form of treatment, CPAP, can be enough to drive anyone crazy, though it works well for people who adjust to it properly. But for veterans suffering from [...]

By |September 10th, 2015|CPAP, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Using CPAP to Treat Sleep Apnea May Not Help Patients with PTSD

Medieval Scribe “Diagnosed” with Essential Tremor

Before the invention of the printing press, all books had to be copied by hand. This made the production of books a labor-intensive process, and each book could take a year or more to copy. The books produced by these scribes remind us that they were being produced by the hands of individuals, and not [...]

By |September 3rd, 2015|Movement Disorders|Comments Off on Medieval Scribe “Diagnosed” with Essential Tremor

Football Helmets Not Designed to Protect from Concussions

When football helmets were introduced, they immediately accomplished their primary goal: they all but eliminated open-head injuries from the sport. Since then, they have been considerably updated, but new research suggests that they may be inadequate to protect against the primary head injury of concern in the NFL and amateurs alike: concussions. Concussions are a [...]

By |August 27th, 2015|Headache|Comments Off on Football Helmets Not Designed to Protect from Concussions

Secrets of Masseter Muscle Massage for TMJ Relief

When considering home care for TMJ, it’s important to determine whether you need professional care. Not all treatments are a good idea, even if they are natural or free of cost. However, if you’ve determined that your case of TMJ syndrome might benefit from home treatment under the watchful eye [...]

By |August 19th, 2015|Home Care, TMJ|Comments Off on Secrets of Masseter Muscle Massage for TMJ Relief

New Hospital Screening Program for Sleep Apnea Could Save Lives

People who check into the hospital with undiagnosed sleep apnea are at very serious risk. Sleep apnea increases the risk of serious complications from anesthesia, can slow healing and recovery, and can even reduce the effectiveness of treatments for heart failure. Doctors need to know when their patients have sleep apnea [...]

By |August 5th, 2015|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on New Hospital Screening Program for Sleep Apnea Could Save Lives

Five Questions to Ask before Trying Home Care for TMJ

To get the best results from TMJ treatment, it’s advised that you start with the most minimally invasive treatments before moving on to more invasive and irreversible treatments. So starting with home care is a good idea most of the time. But before you try a home care routine, it’s important [...]

By |July 29th, 2015|Headache, Home Care, Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Five Questions to Ask before Trying Home Care for TMJ

New Foundation Ignores Dental Causes and Symptoms of TMJ

A new organization launched this month with the goal of conducting research and educating people with TMJ disorders and facial palsy. The Foundation for Facial Recovery aims to be a resource for healthcare providers so that they can properly diagnose facial palsy and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ). According to the Foundation’s news release [...]

By |July 22nd, 2015|Jaw Pain, Movement Disorders, TMJ|Comments Off on New Foundation Ignores Dental Causes and Symptoms of TMJ

Sleep Apnea Doubles the Risk of Workplace Injury

Recent research shows that sleep apnea doubles the risk of workplace injury, making it more dangerous than other sleep problems. With this increased risk, it’s important for workers who are at risk of harming themselves and others to get sleep apnea treatment. Linking Accidents and Apnea Researchers in this study started by recruiting [...]

By |July 15th, 2015|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea Doubles the Risk of Workplace Injury

New Research May Lead to Better Chronic Pain Treatment for Women

Chronic pain is one of the most common and disabling conditions in America, with 100 million Americans—and nearly half of all women—suffering. And many of our treatments don’t work well enough, but new research might change that. The existing model for pain management says hormones like estrogen alter a common pain circuit present in both [...]

By |July 8th, 2015|Chronic Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on New Research May Lead to Better Chronic Pain Treatment for Women

How the Trigeminal Nerve Links TMJ and Migraines

Many people have difficulty understanding how a jaw disorder like TMJ can be linked to severe headaches and especially migraines. After all, migraines are caused inside the head, and are linked to a wide range of triggers that don't seem to have any relationship to the jaw. But there is an [...]

By |July 1st, 2015|Headache, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on How the Trigeminal Nerve Links TMJ and Migraines

Learn to Recognize Common Signs of Sleep Deprivation

Sleep apnea is one of the most undiagnosed disorders worldwide. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that nearly 18 million people in the United States suffer from this condition, and about half of all cases go undiagnosed. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation can cause serious health problems such as obesity, heart disease, Research May Explain Link between Obesity, Diabetes and Sleep

By |June 24th, 2015|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Learn to Recognize Common Signs of Sleep Deprivation

Change Bad Habits to Reduce TMJ Flare-ups

While your conscious brain focuses on one task, you often perform unconscious habits. You might form good habits, such as glancing at your rearview mirror before changing lanes. You might also form bad ones, such as chewing on your nails while working on projects. Some harmful habits can cause or exacerbate a painful jaw condition [...]

By |June 17th, 2015|TMJ|Comments Off on Change Bad Habits to Reduce TMJ Flare-ups

Could Shift Work Cause Your Sleep Apnea?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost 15 million Americans (about 16%) work full time or part time jobs with fluctuating schedules known as shift work. Although these jobs can be just as prestigious as any Nine-to-Five occupation, this kind of job wears hard on your body. Recent studies show that these jobs can [...]

By |June 10th, 2015|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Could Shift Work Cause Your Sleep Apnea?

Improve Your Sleep with These Healthy Foods

Choosing to consciously change certain habits can help you manage your sleep apnea and rest more deeply at night. One way to improve your sleep is by working anti-inflammatory foods into your diet. Throughout the day, you can encounter foods, air quality, stress, and other factors that can increase inflammation in your throat [...]

By |June 3rd, 2015|Sleep Apnea, Snoring|Comments Off on Improve Your Sleep with These Healthy Foods

TMJ Could Impact Manager and Employee Engagement

Symptoms associated with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), commonly caused by a painful misalignment of the jaw, affect your overall well-being. These symptoms can detract from your ability to focus, make you feel isolated, and cause you to withdraw from your community. Unfortunately, this can impact your success in the work place. Recent survey [...]

By |May 27th, 2015|TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ Could Impact Manager and Employee Engagement

Overcoming Social Isolation Caused by Migraines

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can cause recurring tension headaches and migraines. Muscle tension from your misaligned jaw puts pressure on nerves and causes debilitating headaches. Studies have shown that recurring migraines can cause feelings of social isolation. A little advanced planning combined with seeking support from other people can help you [...]

By |May 20th, 2015|Headache|Comments Off on Overcoming Social Isolation Caused by Migraines

Athletes Should Bring CPAP to Higher Altitudes

Athletes travel frequently for events all over the nation, and sometimes, the world. Whether you play football, complete triathlons, or bike marathons, you go where your sport takes you. Sometimes, this means sudden gains in altitude. Altitude gain can throw off your game by leaving you struggling to breath thinner air, but that’s not the [...]

By |May 13th, 2015|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Athletes Should Bring CPAP to Higher Altitudes

TMJ Therapy and Botox Help Treat Spasmodic Torticollis

Treating spasmodic torticollis (also called cervical dystonia) and other movement disorders takes time and patience. Sometimes, you need to visit several different types of medical professionals before you find the treatment that works best for you. In many cases, the key to successful torticollis treatment is perseverance. Spotting the Symptoms Early The cause [...]

By |May 6th, 2015|Movement Disorders|Comments Off on TMJ Therapy and Botox Help Treat Spasmodic Torticollis

Could Playing a Wind Instrument Reduce Sleep Apnea Risk?

Playing musical instruments offers many benefits. For one thing, it is a known stress reliever. Additionally, it may increase your memory capacity, make you better at math, and even give you better focusing skills. A recent study conducted in India may have found yet another reason why you should learn to play an instrument. The [...]

By |April 29th, 2015|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Could Playing a Wind Instrument Reduce Sleep Apnea Risk?

Sleep Apnea is Largely Under Diagnosed in Women

Sleep apnea, especially obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is largely under diagnosed among women. Part of the cause of this under diagnosis is cultural perceptions of the relationship between snoring, sleep problems, and gender. Both snoring and sleep apnea are often portrayed as conditions that largely affect middle-aged men. With [...]

By |April 22nd, 2015|Sleep Apnea, Snoring|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea is Largely Under Diagnosed in Women

Can Travel Cause CPAP Infestation Risk?

Traveling can be stressful. Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, there are many steps involved in making sure that your trip goes smoothly. No matter how well you plan, there are often variables that you may not anticipate. One is the sanitation of the hotel rooms you inhabit along the way. In any [...]

By |April 15th, 2015|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Can Travel Cause CPAP Infestation Risk?

High Schooler Elena Stotts Battles TMJ

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can make seemingly simple tasks like eating, yawning, and speaking painful and unpleasant. Jaw pain, although not usually a life-threatening condition, disrupts your life in big ways. For Erie high school senior Elena Stotts, jaw pain even keeps her from attending more than a handful of classes per week. [...]

By |April 8th, 2015|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on High Schooler Elena Stotts Battles TMJ

The Importance of Evaluating Your Tinnitus

One of the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is tinnitus. TMJ can cause tinnitus because the three small bones that make up your inner ear are housed behind your jaw joint. Tension and pressure created by TMJ can cause muscle spasms that create ringing and buzzing in your [...]

By |April 1st, 2015|Tinnitus, TMJ|Comments Off on The Importance of Evaluating Your Tinnitus

Sleep Apnea Increases the Risk of Stroke

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects millions of Americans, and many people don’t even realize they have it. People suffering from sleep apnea experience multiple sleep disruptions at night when they stop breathing. Although sleep apnea itself is nonfatal, it has been linked to increasing the risk of other conditions such [...]

By |March 25th, 2015|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea Increases the Risk of Stroke

New Hope in Sight for MS Patients

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating degenerative condition characterized by a range of symptoms. This disease is caused by the immune system attacking the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord nerves) as though they were foreign pathogens. The immune system’s attack causes inflammation in the nerves, which often leads to numbness in parts of [...]

By |March 11th, 2015|Movement Disorders|Comments Off on New Hope in Sight for MS Patients

iCat Technology Improves TMJ and Sleep Apnea Treatment

Dental technology is always evolving, seeking to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of dental practice. It is important for dentists to continue to evaluate and bring new technologies into their practices as they become available. Dentists should do this whenever a technology offers true benefits for patients. One technology that we think will be very helpful [...]

By |March 4th, 2015|Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on iCat Technology Improves TMJ and Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep Apnea and Heartburn Possibly Linked

Sleep apnea and acid reflux (GERD) are both conditions that affect a large number of people in the United States. GERD is estimated to affect 7 million people in the U.S., and sleep apnea is thought to affect as many as 18 million. Although the two disrupt your body in very different ways, [...]

By |February 24th, 2015|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea and Heartburn Possibly Linked

TMJ Can Hurt Your Career and Self Worth

TMJ can negatively influence a career, or even make it hard to get a job in the first place. When people are in pain, even seemingly simple tasks can seem like a mountain to accomplish. Pain costs an estimated $294 billion annually in lost workdays, medical costs, and other benefit costs. Having constant [...]

By |February 23rd, 2015|TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ Can Hurt Your Career and Self Worth

Baby Boomers at Higher Risk of Depression In the US

Constant sleep disruption is just one of many known factors that can lead to depression. The list of other known contributors is lengthy, and includes physical health, social isolation, age, and habits. A recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that it may also depend on what generation you are part of. In the index [...]

By |February 18th, 2015|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Baby Boomers at Higher Risk of Depression In the US

FAA Announces New Policy for Sleep Apnea in Pilots

In 2008, the impact of sleep apnea (specifically, obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA) on pilots attracted heightened public attention when a commercial flight missed its destination. The commuter jet, carrying 40 passengers between islands in Hawaii, flew 26 miles past its destination. Air-traffic controllers lost contact with the jet for 18 minutes. Fortunately, [...]

By |February 16th, 2015|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on FAA Announces New Policy for Sleep Apnea in Pilots

Custom Mouthguards Worth the Cost

In contact sports, it is common (and wise) to wear a sports mouthguard to protect your teeth. Without these guards, teeth may become chipped, cracked, or broken from impacts. Determining what kind of mouthguard to buy can be a difficult choice. The most protective and comfortable guards out there are custom ones created [...]

By |February 11th, 2015|Oral Appliance|Comments Off on Custom Mouthguards Worth the Cost

Migraines May Lead to Social Isolation

One of the big challenges in our lives is forging and maintaining social relationships. Time management, self-esteem, employment, and hygiene are a few factors that can make maintaining relationships easier or more difficult. Frequent migraines caused by TMJ can make this already challenging task seem insurmountable. Focusing on something as simple as a [...]

By |February 9th, 2015|Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on Migraines May Lead to Social Isolation

TMJ and Anxiety May be Linked

Studies have found a possible link between TMJ and anxiety. At present, findings have suggested that TMJ can be caused by anxiety, and anxiety can be caused by TMJ. A large number of variables have made it difficult to determine the exact relationship between the two, but the link seems to be there. [...]

By |February 4th, 2015|TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ and Anxiety May be Linked

NIH Grant Funding for Possible Sleep Apnea Drug

In the ongoing search to find medications for breathing disorders like sleep apnea and asthma, two teams of researchers based at the University of Chicago have received grants from the National Institutes of Health for the development of possible solutions. One team, lead by Nanduri Prabhakar, PhD, will focus on researching [...]

By |February 2nd, 2015|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on NIH Grant Funding for Possible Sleep Apnea Drug

Sleep Resets and Restores Your Body

During the day, our bodies take all kinds of abuse from our daily lives that we don’t even notice. From the spine-jarring action of walking on the sidewalk to expending large amounts of energy running for the bus stop, our bodies are worn out by the day’s end. Our sympathetic nervous system, which is active [...]

By |January 28th, 2015|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Resets and Restores Your Body

Are Women at a Higher Risk for TMJ?

More than ten million people in the United States experience pain from TMJ, ranging from mild to extreme levels. Surprisingly, 90% of TMJ sufferers seeking treatment for severe symptoms are women in their childbearing years. Studies searching for the cause of these statistics are relatively new, and little is known about why more [...]

By |January 27th, 2015|TMJ|Comments Off on Are Women at a Higher Risk for TMJ?

Depression and Heart Disease Linked

A recent article posted in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, designed to provide up-to-date health information world-wide, discusses a health index that found a close link between heart failure and depression. This index included 164,102 adults in the U.S. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in adults in the United States. Recent [...]

By |January 23rd, 2015|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Depression and Heart Disease Linked

Is Headache Care Getting Worse?

A new study suggests that, far from improving, family doctors might be getting worse at treating routine headaches. The evidence shows that even though guidelines recommend less imaging, fewer drugs, and more counseling, the trend is going in the opposite direction, making headache care more expensive, less effective, and adding risks. Keeping Watch [...]

By |January 12th, 2015|Headache, Migraine|Comments Off on Is Headache Care Getting Worse?

Migraine Treatment Complicated by Abuse Associations

Recently, researchers released the results of a study looking at the association between childhood abuse and migraine risk. Researchers were not able to show that abuse caused migraines--that was not their intent--but the strong association between the two factors, they say, should inform migraine treatment. A Strong Association Dawn Buse, one of the study authors, [...]

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Cure Tinnitus with a Patch? Unlikely

There are many effective medical treatments available as a patch. Birth control. Pain relief. Stop smoking aids. All these patches work by slowly releasing medication into the body. However, a new technology proposed to treat tinnitus uses a completely different patch technology to try to treat tinnitus. Called Antinitus, the patch claims to [...]

By |December 31st, 2014|Tinnitus|Comments Off on Cure Tinnitus with a Patch? Unlikely

Bell’s Palsy Risk Increased in Migraine Sufferers

According to a new study, migraine sufferers are nearly twice as likely to suffer from Bell's palsy. Although researchers in the study haven't explained the link, it could tell us more about migraine, and further explain how TMJ treatment helps migraine sufferers. What Is Bell's Palsy? Bell's palsy is an unusual condition in [...]

By |December 30th, 2014|Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Bell’s Palsy Risk Increased in Migraine Sufferers

Snoring Surgery Complications Cripple Soldier

A former warrant officer in the British Army Air Corps received a £1.5 million ($2.36 million) award from a judge for injuries sustained as a result of snoring surgery gone wrong. Richard Downing suffered a severe infection following surgery that has made him "effectively a prisoner" in his own home. And investigations into [...]

By |December 18th, 2014|Snoring|Comments Off on Snoring Surgery Complications Cripple Soldier

Good Mythical Morning’s TMJ Episode

Good Mythical Morning is a video talk show posting to YouTube, featuring the "Intertainers" Rhett and Link. On an episode entitled "How to Cure TMJ," the intertainers amusingly spread awareness about TMJ, as well as some misinformation. Waking Up with Lockjaw The episode starts out talking about how Link woke up one morning [...]

By |December 16th, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on Good Mythical Morning’s TMJ Episode

Sociologist Explains Why Headache Care Is So Far Behind

Earlier this year, we noted that a Stanford doctor complained that “Headache care is 50 years behind things like diabetes and cancer.” In his mind, we just don't understand the mechanisms of headaches well enough to provide the same level of treatment for them as we do for these other disorders. But what [...]

By |December 12th, 2014|Headache|Comments Off on Sociologist Explains Why Headache Care Is So Far Behind

Sleep Apnea Makes It Hard to Exercise

People with sleep apnea are often encouraged to exercise to control their weight, increase muscle tone, and improve sleep. Unfortunately, it turns out that sleep apnea can make it harder for individuals to exercise. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego published findings that sleep apnea results in about a 14% reduction [...]

By |December 8th, 2014|Home Care, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea Makes It Hard to Exercise

What’s Causing Jaw Pain While Running?

These days it seems like running has gained tremendously in popularity. And it's not just that more people are running, it's that more people are running longer and longer distances. Even Matthew Inman, the genius behind the blobular comic The Oatmeal, has become an ultramarathoner and written a book about running. Unfortunately, with all this [...]

By |December 5th, 2014|Jaw Pain|Comments Off on What’s Causing Jaw Pain While Running?

Is It Hot Flashes or Sleep Apnea Waking You?

During menopause, hormonal changes lead to a broad range of effects. Many women suffer sleeping problems, but may not realize that menopause increases their risk of sleep apnea, which not only wakes them at night, but leads to serious, potentially fatal consequences. How Menopause Contributes to Sleep Apnea Menopause contributes significantly to sleep [...]

By |November 24th, 2014|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Is It Hot Flashes or Sleep Apnea Waking You?

Should You Try Qigong for TMJ?

Sometimes you will hear outrageous claims for alternative medical practices. In many cases, these claims are completely frivolous, but in other cases, science is coming to understand that some practices, like acupuncture can actually be effective. The traditional Chinese practice of qigong (sometimes spelled chi kung) hasn't been extensively evaluated, but it has [...]

By |November 17th, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on Should You Try Qigong for TMJ?

Man Raffles off Beer Collection to Pay for Girlfriend’s TMJ Surgery

A man in Florida has decided to raffle off his beer collection to help raise money for his wife's TMJ surgery. Florida is a state where TMJ treatment is covered by insurance, but Sara Black's insurance company has deemed her procedure to be "not medically necessary," leaving her stuck with the [...]

By |November 13th, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on Man Raffles off Beer Collection to Pay for Girlfriend’s TMJ Surgery

Student Composes to Combat Tinnitus

Daniel Fishkin, a Wesleyan University graduate student in music, recently debuted his new creation: "Composing the Tinnitus Suites:2014." It is a piece that he describes as his life's work, and one that he hopes will help find a cure for tinnitus. Composing against Tinnitus Fishkin first developed tinnitus when he was working on [...]

By |November 10th, 2014|Tinnitus|Comments Off on Student Composes to Combat Tinnitus

Sleep Apnea Screening Could Have Averted Deadly Bronx Train Derailment

Last year, a commuter train sped much too fast around a corner in the Bronx. The train derailed, killing four commuters and injuring more than 60 others. When the train derailed, windows came off and those injured fatally were thrown from the train, while those injured remained in the train. The property damage was in [...]

By |November 6th, 2014|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Apnea Screening Could Have Averted Deadly Bronx Train Derailment

Is Exercise a Migraine Trigger?

Some studies have shown that regular exercise is a great way to reduce the frequency of migraines, and may be as effective as medication. However, for other people exercise serves as a regular migraine trigger. Although there is some evidence that exercise is not as potent a migraine trigger as we used to believe, there [...]

By |November 3rd, 2014|Headache|Comments Off on Is Exercise a Migraine Trigger?

CPAP Both Helps and Fails Heart Patients

When people are hospitalized for cardiovascular problems, it's an unfortunate truth that many of them will find their way back into the hospital soon after discharge. In fact, nearly a quarter (24%) of patients hospitalized for cardiovascular patients are readmitted within 30 days of discharge. Researchers proposed that sleep apnea may be a [...]

By |October 30th, 2014|CPAP|Comments Off on CPAP Both Helps and Fails Heart Patients

How Sleep Helps Memory

Sleep is important for the brain to consolidate memory. In fact, sleep isn't just one type of experience, it's many types, each with a specialized role in promoting memories in your brain. You need them all to ensure your brain is functioning at its highest levels. Here's a breakdown of the different types of sleep [...]

By |October 20th, 2014|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on How Sleep Helps Memory

Does Cell Phone Use Lead to Tinnitus?

Can using your cell phone cause tinnitus? Frankly, at this point, we don't know the answer to this question, and it's a little frustrating because there have been a few interesting studies, but not enough follow-up. Cell Phone Use and Tinnitus There have been two studies focused specifically on the use of cell [...]

By |October 15th, 2014|Tinnitus|Comments Off on Does Cell Phone Use Lead to Tinnitus?

New Ibuprofen Risk Identified

We periodically warn about the risks of common drugs, which many people use to help with control of TMJ jaw pain, headaches, and more. It's important to understand that over-the-counter doesn't mean "safe." Now a new study is highlighting the seriousness of risks that come with these common medications, showing that [...]

By |October 13th, 2014|Chronic Pain|Comments Off on New Ibuprofen Risk Identified

Cervicogenic Headaches and TMJ Treatment

If you've been diagnosed with cervicogenic headaches (headaches caused by neck problems), the chances are very good that you also have TMJ. Although manual therapy is a good drug-free treatment for this type of headache, you can get even better results if you also have TMJ treatment. Identifying Cervicogenic [...]

By |October 9th, 2014|Headache, TMJ|Comments Off on Cervicogenic Headaches and TMJ Treatment

Is a Hammock a Hiking Sleep Apnea Solution?

As we've noted before, people who like to get outdoors to enjoy the Colorado high country have trouble with sleep apnea because CPAP is not easy to use outdoors. In general, oral appliances are the best way to deal with this problem, but some people may wonder whether sleeping in a [...]

By |October 6th, 2014|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Is a Hammock a Hiking Sleep Apnea Solution?

Is TMJ a Type of Arthritis?

TMJ is a joint dysfunction centered primarily on the temporomandibular joints that connect your jaw bone to your skull. Like arthritis, TMJ can result in painful swelling, an inability to open your jaw, and popping or clicking noises in the jaw. Is TMJ really a type of arthritis? What Is Arthritis? First, let's [...]

By |October 2nd, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on Is TMJ a Type of Arthritis?

Sleep Bruxism Connected to Sleep Apnea

There are many potential causes of sleep bruxism (teeth clenching or grinding at night), but the most serious is sleep apnea. Many sleep apnea sufferers clench their teeth to help hold their airway open and help them breathe at night. This strategy has only limited success, and over time it can lead to [...]

By |September 26th, 2014|Bruxism, Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Sleep Bruxism Connected to Sleep Apnea

If You Are Close to Your Spouse, Your Pain Affects Their Sleep

If chronic jaw pain or headaches make it hard for you to sleep, you may be surprised to learn that your pain is affecting your spouse's sleep. If you have a close relationship, that is. Chronic Pain Affects a Spouse's Sleep The recent study, published in the journal Pain, looked at [...]

By |September 24th, 2014|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on If You Are Close to Your Spouse, Your Pain Affects Their Sleep

New App Lets You Mask Tinnitus with iPod

In early September, the FDA gave clearance to the Levo system, a software-based tinnitus treatment designed for use on the iPad and iPod Touch. Utilizing proven neuroscience principles, the software allows you to create a custom masking sounds that you can listen to with your iPod at night. Built for Patient Benefit Levo [...]

By |September 18th, 2014|Tinnitus|Comments Off on New App Lets You Mask Tinnitus with iPod

New Anesthesia Guide Creates Risks for Sleep Apnea Sufferers

A leading anesthesiologist is fighting against new safety guidelines published by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), because, he says, they actually put sleep apnea sufferers at risk, and could lead to unnecessary deaths. Managing Perioperative Risk Sleep apnea puts sufferers at risk for negative consequences during or after the use of anesthesia, [...]

By |September 16th, 2014|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on New Anesthesia Guide Creates Risks for Sleep Apnea Sufferers

What Your Family Doctor Is Taught about TMJ

For a routine health concern like recurring headaches, most of us will start by visiting our family doctor. The problem is that your family doctor may not be adequately prepared to handle a condition like TMJ that may be causing your headaches. Although training among doctors varies, we can look at [...]

By |September 10th, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on What Your Family Doctor Is Taught about TMJ

Give CPAP a Fair Try before Giving It Up

There are many reasons why people can't tolerate wearing their CPAP every night. Masks may be uncomfortable or lead to feelings of claustrophobia. People may experience irritation of the skin or airway. Or it may just seem like a pain to put on the CPAP every night. However, for many people CPAP is [...]

By |September 3rd, 2014|CPAP|Comments Off on Give CPAP a Fair Try before Giving It Up

Inducing Sleep Apnea Safely to Prepare for Surgery

Surgery is not recommended as a frontline sleep apnea treatment for many reasons. One of them is that it's hard to figure out how much of various tissues need to be removed to open up the airway. For this planning stage, surgeons typically induce sleep apnea, but this can be risky. Now a [...]

By |August 28th, 2014|Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Inducing Sleep Apnea Safely to Prepare for Surgery

TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado Announces Scholarship

The TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado is offering a $500 scholarship for students who are going (or in) a D1 athletics program but didn't receive an athletic scholarship. To qualify, students must submit an application and a statement of need in the form of a 500 word essay. Student Debt Linked to Poor [...]

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