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Craniofacial Sleep Medicine & TMJ Blog

How Does Alcohol Consumption Impact My Sleep Apnea?

April 15, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoontz @ 4:33 pm
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

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoontz @ 4:24 pm
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

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoontz @ 5:59 pm
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.


What Happens If Sleep Apnea Isn’t Treated?

September 16, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoontz @ 1:08 pm
Young man with sleep apnea lying in bed

At a glance, sleep apnea might just seem like a nuisance, as oftentimes the most obvious symptom is loud snoring that keeps your bed mate up at night. As such, you might think you can just learn to live with it. But ignoring sleep apnea for too long has serious consequences for your health, and in the worst-case scenario it might even put your life at risk. Below are 5 possible health consequences of a sleep disorder that highlight the important of getting sleep apnea therapy in Albuquerque as soon as you can.


Do You Have a TMJ Disorder? 5 Symptoms to Watch Out For

August 20, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoontz @ 6:56 pm
Woman on a couch with jaw pain

It’s estimated that over 10 million Americans have a TMJ disorder. However, despite how common the condition is, it often gets misdiagnosed. In particular, many doctors mistake headaches caused by a TMJ disorder for migraines. The main reason that these misdiagnoses happen is that the symptoms of TMJ disorder can vary significantly from patient to patient. As such, it’s important to be familiar with a wide variety of TMJ symptoms in Albuquerque so that you can seek the appropriate type of care. Below are 5 possible signs of a jaw problem.


Can You Use Medical Insurance to Pay for Sleep Apnea Therapy?

June 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — ecoontz @ 11:47 am
health insurance claim form

After feeling groggy in the morning and exhausted during the day for years, you’ve finally decided to do something about it. Like most people these days, you start by researching online, and it seems pretty clear that you have sleep apnea. A little more digging shows you that the disorder is very treatable, but a concern immediately pops up in your head—the cost. Can you afford sleep apnea treatment in Albuquerque? Fortunately, if you have medical insurance, you can likely use it to get the care you need without breaking the bank.

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