There has been a lot in the news lately about implants as a way to treat sleep apnea. As a dentist involved in helping patients with their snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, my biggest challenge has been figuring out strategies to keep the tongue from falling back into the oropharyngeal region. Once this happens, airflow is compromised, leading to diminished levels of oxygen … [Read more...] about An Implant for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Dr Donald Tanenbaum
Recently I had the opportunity to evaluate a 55-year old woman who complained of right side facial pain that by its description seemingly had a nerve-related origin. Her pain was daily and was most intense during the first few bites of a meal. In addition, as she brought food to her lips, (which initiates salivation), her pain greatly intensified. The pain was … [Read more...] about Facial Pain & Diabetes – The Connection
Though it is common for many TMJ sufferers to take anti-inflammatory medications called NSAIDs, which are available without a prescription in local pharmacies and in super-sized containers in big box stores, they are not as safe as presumed. The most common of these over the counter medications are Advil and Aleve and many of my patients down them as if they are sugar-coated … [Read more...] about Are Anti-Inflammatory Medications Safe for TMJ?
Snoring, long considered to be no more than a social nuisance, is now seen by the medical community as a possible sign of more serious health conditions. In order, however, to determine whether a patient’s snoring indicates a more serious disorder, like obstructive sleep apnea, overnight sleep studies are critical to obtain. The problem of course is that many patients are … [Read more...] about Snorers! Now A Sleep Study Can Be Done in Your Own Home
A lot of times people deal with aches and pains by simply ignoring it, or taking an aspirin in the morning before heading out to work. In many cases aches and pains are the unfortunate byproducts of getting older or working hard. For some patients, they look at having a TMJ problem in a similar fashion. They’ll take a couple aspirin, massage their jaw muscles or maybe switch to … [Read more...] about Chronic Facial Pain More Debilitating Than Back Pain