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07. 16. 2018

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TMD and Aural Symptoms

There are many theories surrounding the relationship between TMD and aural symptoms. Many of these theories are based off of the discovery by Costen in 1934, who initially associated TMD with aural dysfunction. A dislocated disc in the jaw joint increases pressure in the Eustachian tube, as well as the auriculotemporal nerve. The auriculotemporal nerve…

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06. 15. 2018

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Importance of Sleep & Dreams

Freud perseverated on dreams and emphasized the importance of the unconscious mind. He postulated that our brains paralyze our muscles during REM sleep to save us from hurting ourselves if we are physically acting out our dreams. His belief was that the unconscious mind governs the body’s behavior and makes us, in a way, conscious…

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05. 17. 2018

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Cells Affecting Circadian Rhythms

Since the 1970’s, scientists have been unable to determine which cells in the brain are responsible for controlling the body’s circadian rhythm, due to the massive number of neurons involved.  The circadian rhythm, which is produced by the SCN (suprachiasmatic nucleus), is located within the hypothalamus.  Approximately 2 years ago, Dr. Joseph Takahashi (Chairman of…

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05. 10. 2018

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Lack of Sleep

The long-term effect of insignificant oxygenation to individual cells in our body and lack of sleep has been shown to initiate the degradation of organs on a cellular basis.  Chronically sleep-deprived people are impaired – both physically and mentally. Cognitive function and mood suffers. In addition, liver cells, brain cells, kidney cells, etc. require a…

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04. 18. 2018

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9+ Hours of Sleep May Be Early Sign of Dementia

Is longer sleep duration a sign of early neurodegeneration?  This deterioration causes a loss in cognitive ability/function, which ultimately can increase the incidence of dementia. Prolonged sleep duration is categorized as more than 9 hours of sleep per night (6 hours being short, and 6-9 hours being average).  Should this sleep pattern persist over an…

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The contents of this website, such as text, graphics, images, and other materials are for informational purposes only. While there are many commonalities among multiple TMD and sleep apnea cases, each patient is unique. Information on this website should be used to educate the reader about what they should discuss with their doctor if they are suffering from the listed symptoms. The information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of your physician or you may call our office with any questions you may have regarding TMD or sleep apnea. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.


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