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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 […]

Seniors Susceptibility To Dental Disease

Issue 27.16

It’s often said that in people’s latter years, they become more like children in many ways. Forgetfulness often affects personal hygiene habits. Loss of physical dexterity can also effect oral hygiene. Just as a child doesn’t brush their teeth very well, or forgets to brush their teeth before going to bed, […]

Dr. Hall’s Dental Tips

Issue 23.16

Weekly, on various radio stations, I have given out short informative bites of information I call my “Tip of the Week.” Those who have missed hearing them might like to read them:

Most people I see have a hard time brushing on those back teeth, especially on the cheek side. If […]

Guatemalan And Saint George Children With Toothaches

Issue 18.16

Before the advent of antibiotics and modern dentistry the toothache with its unrelenting pain was one of the most feared agonies know to man. Next to the common cold, it is still the second most common disease known to man. The access to dental care for the suffering is good here […]