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Why A Dentist Is Your Best Option for TMJ Therapy

July 15, 2022

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Man experiencing jaw pain due to TMJ disorder.

Your jaw is one of the most complex and important parts of your whole body, as it helps you complete many daily, necessary tasks like biting, chewing, talking and more. But like the rest of your body, it’s also susceptible to encountering problems and becoming injured. Symptoms like popping noises when you chew, persistent ear and headaches, and jaw tenderness are just a few of the many things that can arise due to TMJ disorder. But what should you do when you begin to experience these types of problems? Keep reading to learn more about why visiting your dentist for TMJ treatment is your best bet when dealing with debilitating jaw issues.


Can Sleeping with My Pet Impact My Sleep Apnea?

July 1, 2022

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Woman and dog sleeping in a bed.

It’s estimated that roughly 65% of American households own a pet—with cats and dogs being the most common choice of companion. And of those pet owners, many opt to allow their furry friends to sleep in their bed with them at night. But did you know that this habit can actually impact your sleep apnea? Keep reading to learn more from your sleep dentist in Albuquerque about how sleeping with your pets might be contributing to the quality of your rest, along with some things that you can do about it.


Can Chewing Gum Affect My TMJ Disorder?

June 17, 2022

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Woman chewing a piece of gum.

Chewing gum is a bit of an enigma—it’s sticky and sweet, but it doesn’t get stuck in our mouths, and we aren’t supposed to swallow it. However, even though it might seem like hardly more than a small novelty meant to enjoy, have you ever wondered if chewing gum can affect your TMJ disorder? Keep reading to learn more from your sleep dentist in Albuquerque about TMJ disorders and how they’re influenced by chewing gum.


The Secret to Sleeping Better During the Summer

June 2, 2022

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Woman waking up after a good night’s sleep during the summertime.

Summertime is finally upon us, and you’ve probably got plenty of fun things planned throughout the whole season. But something else that should stay on your radar this summer is ensuring that you’re getting enough sleep. Every night, millions of Americans miss out on countless hours of sleep due to conditions such as sleep apnea. But there are also many other factors that can contribute to sleep loss, including things that are specific to the summertime! Keep reading to learn more from your sleep dentist in Albuquerque about some of these things along with some tips to help you get a better night’s sleep during the summertime.


Have TMD? Here Are 5 Things You Should Stop Doing Right Now

May 11, 2022

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Young woman holding jaw

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder can cause a lot of pain and discomfort in your jaw and surrounding areas. If you’re struggling in your day-to-day life from symptoms of TMJ disorder in Albuquerque, know that there are things you can do to alleviate your condition. Here are five things you should avoid if you have TMD.


Can Children Suffer from Sleep Apnea?

May 1, 2022

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Young child sleeping.

Millions of Americans lose many hours of sleep each night due to sleep apnea—and many more cases go undiagnosed! That means there are a lot of people out there who aren’t getting enough sleep! And while there are many different factors that contribute to sleep apnea including age, weight, and oral health, this condition can affect anyone, even children! Here’s what you need to know about the causes, signs, and potential treatment options for children’s sleep apnea.


How Does Alcohol Consumption Impact My Sleep Apnea?

April 15, 2022

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Man in bed snoring.

If you wake up most mornings feeling exhausted, sluggish, and desperate to fall back asleep, you might be suffering from sleep apnea—but did you know that drinking alcohol at night before bedtime can make this condition even worse? Many people enjoy a quick nightcap before bed, convinced that the drink will help them fall asleep; but if you suffer from sleep apnea , you should avoid doing this! Here’s what you need to know about the relationship between alcohol and sleep apnea.


Your Untreated TMJ Disorder Might Be Affecting Your Sleep

April 1, 2022

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woman with jaw pain after sleeping.

Sleeping disorders are an epidemic—over 40 million Americans suffer annually from chronic sleeping issues, and another 20 million experience occasional sleeping problems. If you fall into one of these categories, then you probably know exactly just how debilitating this can be—you aren’t yourself when you don’t get enough sleep! But did you know that many people with sleeping disorders are simultaneously afflicted with problems in their TMJ? Here’s what you need to know about how untreated TMJ dysfunction can cause sleeping conditions.


The Different Stages of Sleep and How They’re Important

March 1, 2022

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Woman in bed with sleeping mask smiling.

If you wake up most mornings feeling exhausted, there’s a chance you aren’t getting a full 7 to 9 hours of rest each night. When you go to bed, your brain begins to cycle through all the different, important stages of sleep. However, things like a neighbor’s barking dog, having to use the bathroom, or even sleep apnea can all interrupt your slumber and prevent you from feeling refreshed in the morning. Here’s how each stage of the sleep cycle affects you every night, and how something like sleep apnea can influence the quality of your sleep.


Do You Have Jaw Pain? You Might Also Have Sleep Apnea

February 13, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoontz @ 6:56 pm
Woman with jaw pain and sleep apnea in bed

Lately, it seems like your jaw hurts no matter what you do, and it’s getting in the way of eating and other daily activities. Not only that, but it feels like no matter how much sleep you think you get, you always wake up feeling tired in the morning. These might seem like two completely different problems, but in fact they could be more closely related than you think – and in fact they might even be making each other worse! To find relief from your jaw pain and get a good night’s rest again, it’s important to fully understand the relationship between TMJ and sleep apnea.

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