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Could You Have Sleep Apnea And Not Even Know It?

Issue 34.17

Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder occurring at night when a person does not breath for a minimum of 10 seconds or longer. The time can often be for periods of 30 to 60 seconds. Sometimes a person will be obstructed and their body will try so hard to breath that […]

Dental Sleep Medicine…. What?

Issue 27.17

Do you ever wonder why dentists have DDS or DMD behind their names? DDS stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery while DMD stands for Doctor of Medical Dentistry, both practice virtually the same. In France, I have a cousin that does dental procedures like wisdom tooth removal, but he is called […]

Head and Neck Pain

Issue 22.17

Pain in the head and neck is often called craniofacial pain or a little more limited description might be orofacial pain. I am a general dentist so I deal with a lot of tooth or odontogenic pain. I also enjoy treating non-odontogenic pain of the head and neck. I enjoy the […]

Sleep Apnea And The Palate

Issue 12.17

In my last article I touted the potential problems with the tongue and the aggravation it causes with Sleep Apnea. Another oral structure that brings about complicating or aggravating factors to worsen one’s apnea is the palate. I mean the hard bony palate or roof of our mouth and the soft […]

Check Their Tongue! Maybe Yours Too!

Issue 7.17

And you thought we dentists just looked at teeth. Tongues can push teeth crooked. They can beat up the dentist trying to do a filling on a lower tooth. Tongues seem to have eyes of their own and go right to where the dentist is drilling or filling a tooth. Both […]

TMD or TMJ What’s The Difference?

Issue 2.17

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint.

TMD stands for temporomandibular dysfunction. When someone has pain in their “jaw joint” they say they have “TMJ”. That’s like saying I have knee when you have pain in your knee joint. The more meaningful description is to say I have TMD or I have pain […]

When Is An Oral Sleep Appliance An Alternative Treatment To C-PAP?

Issue 50.16

C-PAP stands for constant positive air pressure. C-PAP devices deliver room air not oxygen to the patient at varying pressures. The maximum pressure level is set depending on the apnea of the patient Positive air pressure of a sufficient amount can keep a person’s airways open so that there is no […]

Loud Jaw Pop, Then Limited Opening?

Issue 43.16

I often have many TMJ patients come to me with a history of hearing a loud pop followed by pain in their jaw joint and an inability to open very wide. Usually they have a lot of pain when they try to open very wide for the first few days or […]

The Genetics of Sleep Apnea

Issue 38.16

What does genetics have to do with Sleep Apnea? Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition in both male and female populations. It is a medical condition experienced while sleeping where a person’s airway becomes blocked or obstructed by the tissues in their throat and they cannot breathe for periods of time […]

Could You Have Sleep Apnea And Not Even Know It?

Issue 33.16

Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder occurring at night when a person does not breath for a minimum of 10 seconds or longer. The time can often be for periods of 30 to 60 seconds. Sometimes a person will be obstructed and their body will try so hard to breath that […]