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TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Raleigh-Durham
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There are two types of breathing interruption characteristic of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea:
Apnoea – where the muscles and soft tissues in the throat relax and collapse sufficiently to cause a total blockage of the airway; it's called an apnoea when the airflow is blocked for 10 seconds or more
Hypopnoea – a partial blockage of the airway that results in an airflow reduction of greater than 50% for 10 seconds or more
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You’ve probably heard about the physical side effects of sleep apnea, like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. But obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can take as big a toll on the brain as it does on the heart. Changes in brain matter and damage to neurons caused by sleep deprivation can lead to memory loss and other complications. Recent studies have shown that sleep apnea also changes the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. What does this mean? The good news is, this damage may be reversible. For more: https://goo.gl/kQwPxc
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Excellent review by Anonymous , via Healthgrades

Loved my first visit to Smiles of Cary! Immediately put at ease the moment I walked in, and I am a huge “dentist chicken!” Every single staffer was friendly and professional, and Dr. Ferzli has a great bedside manner! And a great sense of humor! Can’t believe I am saying this, but am actually looking forward to my next appointment to get my new crown!
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If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems, including:
* High blood pressure
* Stroke
* Heart failure, irregular heart beats, and heart attacks
* Diabetes
* Depression
* Worsening of ADHD
* Headaches
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Do you remember those times when you were sick? A good night’s sleep got you back on your feet in no time, but sleep deprivation probably made you feel worse. If sleep apnea takes away your beauty sleep, you increase the risk of developing other health conditions, such as:

* Heart disease

* Diabetes

* High blood pressure
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Alleviating facial pain.
An oral surgeon can diagnose and treat facial pain disorders, including those caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems.
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According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), TMJ disorders are the second most common pain-causing musculoskeletal conditions after chronic low back pain. TMJ disorders affect 5 percent to 12 percent of the population, and women are twice as likely to experience TMJ disorders as men. Most people who have TMJ experience temporary but recurring pain that may go away on its own. However, some cases result in long-term problems. For more: https://goo.gl/QypPpH
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Important Fact about the Jaw Surgery:
The goal of reconstructive jaw surgery is to improve the bite and function. However, many of our patients also experience an improvement in appearance and speech after surgery!
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Beyond #sleep disruptions and other bedtime symptoms, you may also have
- #depression
- #fatigue
- #trouble #concentrating
- a #dry #mouth and sore throat, or any number of other symptoms
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If you have TMD, see your dentist first for diagnosis and to discuss treatment options. Generally, non-surgical treatments such as lifestyle changes and self-help physiotherapy-type treatments are tried first. A small number of people with severe TMD may be referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to discuss further treatment options.
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