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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 circadian rhythm in humans, due to the massive number of neurons involved.  The circadian rhythm in humans, which is produced by the SCN (suprachiasmatic nucleus), is located within the hypothalamus.  Approximately 2 years ago, Dr. Joseph…

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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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04. 16. 2018

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Signs & Symptoms of TMD Related to the Degree of Mouth Opening & Hearing Loss

The following article discusses the connection between TMD, mouth opening, aural symptoms and hearing loss.  The instrumental role of TMD in otic symptomology has been a cause of debate for years.  Aural symptoms including tinnitus, otalgia, vertigo and dizziness are proven TMD symptoms, and there have been countless studies that have shown aural symptoms may…

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04. 12. 2018

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SDB & Heart Failure

Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is common in patients with heart failure (HF), and hypoxia and hypercapnia stimulate autonomic reflex responses. During an apneic episode, hypoxia and hypercapnia occur, triggering these involuntary reflex responses.  These can include muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) and ventilation. In patients with heart failure (HF), stimulation causes an increase in ventilation, MSNA,…

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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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