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How BOTOX Treatment Can Put a Stop to TMJ Disorder

October 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoontz @ 11:34 pm
a patient receiving BOTOX treatment

BOTOX is a common cosmetic procedure these days that’s often used to address wrinkles, laugh lines, and other aesthetic facial issues; more-or-less, it turns back the clock and helps patients to look and feel younger in the face! But did you know that this unique treatment has some other pretty incredible uses as well, including targeting TMJ disorder and related symptoms? Keep reading to learn more!


4 Things You Shouldn’t Do When You Have a TMJ Disorder

August 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoontz @ 10:22 pm
Woman in a restaurant with jaw pain from TMJ disorder

When you find out that you have a TMJ disorder, your natural response is to take whatever steps you can to put a stop to your pain. Obviously, this means seeking professional treatment that addresses the underlying cause of the disorder; however, it’s also important to make sure that you aren’t doing anything that could potentially make the problem worse. Below are 4 examples of what not to do if you are suffering from a TMJ disorder.


How Sleep Apnea Impacts Your Nightly Rest

July 18, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoontz @ 1:44 pm
Man with black beard lying in bed with his hand to his forehead

If you have ever pulled an all-nighter, then you know you can expect to feel groggy the next day. Why then do you sometimes feel drained even after a full night’s sleep? If you have sleep apnea, then scheduling the recommended 8-9 hours of sleep each night doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re getting quality rest.

Sleep apnea refers to a disorder that interrupts your breathing when you’re asleep. It’s imperative to experience all the different stages of sleep each night to wake up rested, but sleep apnea interrupts the sleep cycle. Continue reading to learn more about what happens at each stage in the sleep cycle and why it’s so important to address sleep apnea.


Do Not Believe These 5 Myths About BOTOX!

June 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoontz @ 4:21 pm
Woman receiving BOTOX injection between her eyebrows

If you want to look as young as possible for as long as possible, you have probably at least considered the possibility of getting BOTOX. Still, you might hesitate after hearing some unpleasant things about the treatment. Should you believe the rumors? This blog post is designed to clear things up so you can make a well-informed decision about whether you want to move ahead with the injections. Do not believe these myths about BOTOX!


Why Does My Jaw Feel Stiff?

May 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoontz @ 6:17 pm
patient with a stiff jaw

Do you wake up with a stiff jaw? Do you find it difficult to open and close your mouth, especially when trying to eat? This problem can many times be attributed to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Causing much discomfort and frustration, you may wonder if there are things you can do at home to improve your symptoms. Read on to find out what you can do to minimize the pain and when it’s time to see a professional for help.


Did You Know These 5 Surprising Sleep Apnea Facts?

April 22, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoontz @ 4:27 pm
Writing the words “Sleep Apnea” on a clipboard

Some researchers suggest that around 80% or even 90% of people with sleep apnea are unaware that they have it. This disorder is often found to be the culprit behind loud snoring and constant exhaustion. Your sleep dentist recommends learning as much as you can about sleep apnea so that you’re in a better position to recognize it and deal with it appropriately. To that end, here are 5 sleep apnea facts that might surprise you.


Why Does My Jaw Hurt When I First Wake Up?

March 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoontz @ 2:51 am
person lying in bed and holding their jaw in pain

After a good night’s sleep, most people hope that they’ll feel happy, refreshed, and ready to take on the day. However, sometimes life can be a lot tougher than that.

It can be hard to get a refreshing night’s sleep for all kinds of reasons, and one of them is pain. Have you ever woken up in the morning with a sore jaw? There may be a good reason for that; here’s what that could be.


The Link Between Sleep Apnea & ADHD

February 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoontz @ 6:23 pm
a patient struggling to stay asleep at night

Historically, things such as impulsive behavior, forgetfulness, and trouble paying attention are often signs of ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder); however, did you know that they can also be signs of lack of sleep? And unfortunately, one of the most prominent causes of sleep disruption is sleep apnea. Even suffering from just one of these conditions can be troublesome; however, due to the overlap in symptoms between ADHD and sleep apnea, both together can be quite detrimental if left unaddressed! Keep reading to learn a little more about the link between these two conditions and some possible solutions for addressing each one.


The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Aging

December 21, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoontz @ 8:06 pm
Man with sleep apnea snoring in bed

You’re likely already aware that sleep apnea is associated with a higher risk of heart attacks, diabetes, and various other health issues. But the disorder can affect your body in other ways as well. In particular, recent studies show that untreated sleep apnea may speed up the aging process. Here’s what you need to know about the surprising connection between aging and sleep-disordered breathing – as well as what you can do to protect your health.


4 Tips for Cleaning Your Oral Appliance

November 8, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoontz @ 5:52 pm
an oral appliance

When suffering from sleep apnea, you want to make sure that you get the sleep you need. But part of undergoing successful treatment means keeping your oral appliance in good condition. If damage or problems arise, this can negatively impact your treatment, worsening your symptoms and causing further issues down the road. If you want to make sure that you’re cleaning your oral appliance thoroughly and keeping your mouth healthy, here are four tips to consider.  

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