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Sleep Apnea Curious about the process of diagnosing sleep apnea? Here’s what you should know.    Testing for Diagnosis For an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Hartsfield may use the results from one or both of these tests performed by a board certified sleep physician: Home Sleep Testing – Also known...

Wondering what actually causes sleep apnea? Read on for a list of possible root causes. The Basics The most common form of Sleep Apnea is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and has to do with interrupted breathing during sleep. People who are awake have certain muscles that stiffen their airway...

While it is a common symptom, snoring doesn’t necessarily mean you have sleep apnea. What is Sleep Apnea? Commonly known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), this sleep disorder has to do with interrupted breathing during sleep. Someone with sleep apnea will have breathing pauses lasting at least 10...

Poor Sleep It's pretty common knowledge that sleeping well is crucial to staying healthy. But have you ever started describing the way you sleep to a friend, only to hear them say, "That doesn't sound good. Maybe you have sleep apnea"? If you don't know what...

While there are many factors that contribute to TMJ, two of the most common are actually preventable: stress and posture. Stress Your jaw is designed like a mechanical hinge. "The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) combines a hinge action with sliding motions," MayoClinic explains. "The parts of the bones...

TMJ Isn't Hereditary A common misconception about TMJ is that it's a hereditary disorder. It's true, some sufferers of TMJ have relatives who also suffer. However, TMJ isn't inevitable if your family member has it, and oftentimes, relief from TMJ is within your control. Female patient complaining...

Jaw Popping Have you ever experienced “crepitus?" What about jaw popping? The question is, why is your jaw popping/locking and when should you be concerned? Frequency Frequency should be your first tip that something is off. If your jaw pops or clicks regularly, such as when you yawn or...