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Understanding the Different Types of Sleep Apnea Jan 6th, 2022

About a quarter of women and men in the United States (and almost half of all obese adults) have a serious, potentially life-threatening breathing disorder called sleep apnea.  If you have sleep apnea, by definition, you stop breathing for 10 seconds or more, multiple times a night, which puts you...

The Benefits of a Seeing a Healthy Lifestyle Specialist Nov 16th, 2021

Athletes, actors, entrepreneurs, and others who want to excel in their fields enlist the help of coaches to take their games or businesses to the next level. A coach focuses their intentions on your individual needs and customizes workouts or plans to help you reach your goals.  Of course, the...

The Link Between Bruxism and TMJ Oct 1st, 2021

Temporomandibular joint disorder, which is often referred to by the partial acronym TMJ, affects about 5-12% of the world’s population.  If you have TMJ, you may experience symptoms such as a jaw that is: Painful Clicking Popping Misaligned Hard to open or close You may also experience sensitive teeth and...

What Triggers Make Me More at Risk for Sleep Apnea? Sep 8th, 2021

According to the World Health Organization, about two thirds of adults around the world get fewer than 8 hours of sleep per night. Lack of high-quality sleep is now associated with everything from increased risk of diabetes to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Concurrent with the epidemic of sleeplessness is...

The Dangers of Having Sleep-Disordered Breathing Aug 23rd, 2021

If your breathing is disordered when you’re supposed to be asleep, you’re not really getting the rest you need — no matter how long you stay in bed. The most common type of sleep disorder that affects breathing is called sleep apnea, and it affects about 22 million women, men,...

Five Health Benefits of Getting More Sleep Jul 14th, 2021

Not that long ago, entrepreneurs like Ariana Huffington bragged that they were able to accomplish so much because they could operate on just a few hours of sleep a night. Those days are gone.  The Huffington Post founder, in fact, broke her own cheekbone when she nodded off in the...

How Workplace Wellness Improves Productivity Jul 1st, 2021

You may not have given much thought to how the health of your team members affects your business. Sure, you’d rather that they were healthy and used their sick days for vacations and retreats instead of hibernating in their homes, suffering from the flu.  Since everyone’s working from home, they...

The Major Effects Untreated Sleep Apnea Can Have on Your Health Jun 22nd, 2021

If you’re like most Americans, you’re not getting enough sleep these days. Either you snore, your partner snores, or you both snore. And snoring can wake you up multiple times a night. Snoring, in fact, isn’t just a nighttime noise nuisance. It could be a sign of a serious sleep-related...

How Regular Exercise Can Overhaul Your Health May 4th, 2021

Whether you’re on the vegan diet, pegan diet, keto flex, paleo, or just plain Standard American Diet, the one thing that all health professionals can agree on is that it’s essential to move your body daily and to exercise regularly. Exercise strengthens your muscles and bones, and helps every organ...

Are You Groggy All Day? It Could Be Sleep Apnea Apr 20th, 2021

What good is getting a good night’s sleep if you don’t feel the effects of it the next day? If you get what should be sufficient rest, but don’t feel rested, you could have a sleep disorder involving your breathing known as sleep apnea.  Although snoring is the most common...

Make These Simple Diet Choices and You'll Feel Much Healthier Mar 1st, 2021

The amazing variety of food products offered at our local supermarkets and restaurants obscures an essential fact. Food is, first and foremost, supposed to nourish the cells of our bodies so that we grow and stay strong. Taste and texture are important, but not essential. These days, though, we have...

Complications of Sleep Apnea Feb 1st, 2021

Brain fog, irritability, fatigue. If you wake up without feeling fully awake, you might not be sleeping restfully. Whether you think you snore or not, you could have sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous breathing disorder.  Dana J. Rockey, DMD, our sleep specialist at South County Sleep Solutions, knows how essential...

Take Charge of Your Health This Year Through Nutrition Jan 14th, 2021

Whether you want to improve your figure, your mood, or your skin quality, the best place to start is by optimizing your nutrition. Good nutrition provides the cells that make up your skin, hair, organs, and the rest of your body with the macronutrients and micronutrients they need to function...

The Connection Between Teeth Grinding and a TMJ Disorder Dec 15th, 2020

The hinges on either side of your jaw that connect it to your skull are called the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). When your TMJs are painful, or they click or pop when you try to open or close your mouth, you have a temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly referred to as TMD....

Diabetes and Your Dental Health Oct 9th, 2020

If the windows are broken in your house, you might only need to replace the glass to restore your house to perfection. But if one part of your body’s system goes awry, it affects all the rest of the parts, too.  For example, if you have diabetes, when your dentist...

Sleep Apnea Treatments That Work Sep 23rd, 2020

You’ve heard rumors that you’re supposed to wake up refreshed and raring to go in the morning, but you’re beginning to suspect that they’re made up by the same people who post “perfect family” photos on their social media. You feel awful in the morning: groggy, foggy, and irritable. And...

How Do Integrative and Traditional Dental Medicine Differ? Aug 19th, 2020

In traditional dentistry, your dentist focuses solely on your teeth, gums, tongue, and jawbone. The problem with that approach is that these structures are part of a complex system. Everything that goes on with your body ultimately shows up in your teeth, too. As an expert and innovator in integrative...

Did You Know Quality Sleep Improves Cognitive Health and Energy? Jul 24th, 2020

If you could only do one thing to improve your overall health, have more energy, and reduce your risk for chronic illness and even Alzheimer’s disease (AD), what would it be? While good nutrition and exercise help keep your body and mind sound through the years to come, an absolutely...

How We Can Help You Find Relief from that Aching Jaw, Face, and Teeth Jun 17th, 2020

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 5-12%  of adults worldwide have problems and pain related to the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) in their jaws. Women seem to be affected more often than men, and younger adults tend to experience more pain. A TMJ disorder can create a...

It's Not Just Snoring: The Dangers of Sleep Apnea and How We Can Help May 1st, 2020

Loud snoring is a hallmark sign of sleep apnea, a serious condition that affects more than 18 million adults in the United States. But its consequences go well beyond keeping your bedmate awake. Sleep apnea can also severely impact your health, increasing your risk for such issues as high blood...