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What Is Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome?
Posted on 10/10/2018 by Nelson R. Diers
The temporomandibular joints are located just in front of the ears, where the lower jaw meets the skull. You use them almost continuously in chewing, swallowing, breathing and talking. This constant use, in combination with the sensitivity and small size of the area, makes the TMJ* especially prone to trouble. TMJ problems are caused by the lack of harmony among joints, muscles and teeth. An incorrect bite can throw the TMJ out of alignment. If your jaw is even slightly out of place, it can...
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Continuous Positive Airway Pressure versus Oral Appliance Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

A Randomized Controlled Trial
Posted on 10/9/2018 by Nelson R. Diers
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is considered to be the treatment of choice for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Oral appliance (OA) therapy, such as the mandibular advancement device (MAD), is a viable alternative with growing use, particularly in patients with milder OSA. Comparative effectiveness studies that examine multiple important health outcomes with these treatment modalities in patients with the full spectrum of OSA severity are lacking. What This Study Adds to the...
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Prevalence and Persistence of Sleep Disordered Breathing Symptoms in Young Children

A 6-Year Population-Based Cohort Study
Posted on 10/9/2018 by Nelson R. Diers
"SLEEP DISORDERED BREATHING IN YOUNG CHILDREN Study Objectives:To describe the prevalence, persistence, and characteristics associated with sleep disordered breathing (SDB) symptoms in a population-based cohort followed from 6 months to 6.75 years. Design:Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). Setting:England, 1991-1999. Participants:12,447 children in ALSPAC with parental report of apnea, snoring, or mouth-breathing frequency on any one of 7 questionnaires....
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