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Sleep Apnea and Epigenetic Dentistry

The new field of epigenetics assists dentists in ways that were not possible before. With new technology, dentists can correct oral and facial structures to provide individuals with relief from symptoms of various health conditions such as TMJ (temporomandibular joint) or sleep apnea. While this field is still new, many individuals find relief from...
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Linking TMJ and Sleep Apnea

A dual diagnosis of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMJD) and sleep apnea is common. Many individuals that suffer from TMJ will also suffer from symptoms of sleep apnea. A study concluded that individuals who experience two or more sleep apnea symptoms at 73 percent more likely to have TMJ. TMJ and sleep apnea share many symptoms, and both co...
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Untreated Malocclusion

Malocclusion, or the misalignment of a person's teeth when they shut their jaw, contributes to various health conditions or disorders. Without the proper treatment of a person's misalignment of their teeth, individuals can experience severe pain, temporomandibular joint disorder, disordered breathing, or even sleep apnea. Malocclusion, left untreat...
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Jaw Orthopedics and TMJ

When the jaw and teeth alignment is imperfect, an individual could suffer from temporomandibular joint disorders. According to Oxford Lexico, the definition of malocclusion is the "imperfect positioning of the teeth closing the jaw." The imperfect fit of the teeth can cause teeth clenching or grinding, tinnitus, headaches, muscle spasms, pain, or e...
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Polysomnography Prep

A sleep study, or polysomnography, will test for disordered breathing, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, or other sleep disorders. This sleep study test will monitor and record breathing rates, airflow, oxygen levels, and heart rate. Additionally, a person can perform their sleep study at home or in a sleep clinic. Before Polysomnography  Preparing for...
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What's a Polysomnography?

For those suffering from chronic snoring, disordered breathing, or other sleep apnea symptoms, undergoing a polysomnography test may provide needed insights. Polysomnography is a diagnostic sleep study test. The sleep study test will give a person a polysomnogram or sleep study test results. The sleep study test can monitor these areas: EEG (electr...
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The TMJ Gum Chewing Connection

Gum chewing is as common as tying shoelaces. However, chewing gum might not be as wonderful as one thinks. Gum has benefits, but it also has negative aspects. Chewing gum may cause health conditions as well as relieve stress. Before grabbing that next stick of chewing gum, one should understand the possible risks involved with gum.  Gum Chewin...
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​TMJ and Eliminating Migraines

For many individuals suffering from TMJD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, eliminating migraines might seem like a far-off dream, a dream that is more fantasy than reality. However, seeking treatment from a doctor specializing in neuromuscular dental practices can turn this dream into real life. More than 35 million Americans experience migrain...
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5 Celebrities With Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that has potentially severe symptoms. A doctor will diagnose sleep apnea through a thorough evaluation. When an individual receives a diagnosis of sleep apnea, it may come as a shock, or they may feel overwhelmed with the prescribed treatment plan. But, individuals with sleep apnea aren't alone. Even the rich and fam...
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Finding Sleep With Sleep Apnea

Not many people think about whether they fall asleep on their stomach, back, or side when hopping under the covers or how it can affect a restful night's sleep. But for 26% of American adults with a sleep apnea diagnosis, thinking about sleep positions is a critical aspect of treating their symptoms in conjunction with medical devices. This type of...
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Sleep Apnea and Snoring

People that are suffering from sleep apnea experience periods where they stop breathing throughout their sleep. Individuals may experience a few episodes to hundreds of episodes where they stop breathing during sleep. The stopping of breath while sleeping is a dangerous condition that requires diagnosis and treatment. The obstruction of the breath,...
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TMJ Doctor in Washington

Neuromuscular dentistry involves diagnosis and treatment of jaw misalignments, which include malocclusion and TMD/TMJ. Some estimates state that over 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ/TMD or temporomandibular disorder. That is quite a bit of the population experiencing pain from temporomandibular disorders or TMJ. Pain that inhibits an individua...
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Got a Sleep Apnea Diagnosis?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that has potentially severe symptoms. A doctor will diagnose sleep apnea through a thorough evaluation. Many people might have thought that it was snoring that was interrupting their sleep cycles. When an individual receives a diagnosis of sleep apnea, it may come as a shock, or they may feel overwhelmed with the pre...
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Can Braces Cause TMJ?

For many, braces are a necessity in achieving their dental goals or correcting teeth or jaw issues. Malocclusion, or the imperfect positioning of the teeth when the jaws are closed, is a significant contributor in individuals receiving orthodontic care. For those who require orthodontic treatment, a question they may ask themself is, "can braces ca...
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Neuromuscular Dentistry

Dentistry is regular check-ups and tooth filings and a broad field covering routine dental procedures to facial and jaw reconstruction. Dentists that diagnose and treat or temporomandibular disorders (TMD/TMJ) fall within neuromuscular dentistry. A neuromuscular dentist dedicates their practice to alleviating TMJ pain through realigning the jaw. Ma...
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TMJ Smile

A smile is one of the first things people notice about each other. Many individuals spend money and months or years to perfect their glamorous smile to show off to the world. But when teeth, jaw, or neck and back pain are present, a glowing smile is nowhere to be found. Pain caused by malocclusion can cause TMJ and result in a TMJ smile. Let's delv...
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Warning Signs Your Child May Have Sleep Apnea

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New evidence suggests that certain face shapes, such as retruded or those with narrowed jaws and long faces, can put a child at risk for developing chronic health problems such as sleep apnea. These shapes may contribute to interrupted breathing during sleep because they encourage compromised nasal breathing and mouth breathing even while the perso...
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Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous sleep disorder in which a person's breathing stops and restarts while they are sleeping. This condition can be broken down into three distinct types of sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea: the airway is becomes blocked or obstructed in some way that prevents airflowCentral sleep apnea: the brain doesn't send ...
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4 Common Myths About TMJ

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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a term used to describe a group of symptoms ranging from headaches, facial pain, and jaw pain to clicking or popping in the jaw and limited jaw movement. Many people who suffer from TMJ experience chronic jaw, teeth, face, head, neck, shoulder, or back pain. Snoring, grinding of teeth, frequent ear infectio...
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The Jaw Epidemic and Its Implications for the TMJ

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Why are braces, retainers, and the need to have wisdom teeth pulled so commonplace? What did humans do before modern dentistry? A research study from Stanford University suggests that these problems are relatively new in our history. Researchers posit that the human jaw is shrinking, and it's not the result of genetics but of modern behavior and li...
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DR. BUCK'S PHILOSOPHY

Epigenetic Orthodontics can open and protect the airway enhancing breathing both during sleep and awake activities.

Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

Please visit this site for more information; Airway Health

WOW! A 54% decrease in forward head posture; 164% increase in the antero-posterior size of the airway; 176% increase in the lateral size of the airway all from epigenetically centered jaw development orthopedics. This is the future of orthodontics!​
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