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Have Realistic Expectations for Migraine Medications and Consider Alternatives

When researchers developed the newest class of migraine medications, which target the calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), there was tremendous hope for their potential. There was so much hope that four of the world’s largest drug companies were developing the drugs simultaneously. They each hoped to beat the other to market. They saw it as [...]

TMJ, Jaw Asymmetry, and Controlled Arch Braces

For many people, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD) is linked to a diverse and sometimes obscure combination of symptoms. It can be hard to link the symptoms you’re experiencing to your jaw joint, especially if your doctor is attributing your headache and other symptoms to different causes.  However, other times the presence of [...]

Is Your Jaw Pain Also a Pain In the Neck?

I recently spent 6 full days taking back-to-back advanced courses on how to better treat patients who suffer from TMJ pain and headaches, and my brain is full! The other class participants and I, all general dentists from Canada, United States, Germany, and Australia reviewed patient cases, learned new methods of treatment, and even watched [...]

So What If I Snore?

Snoring is seen as a joke, but it can pose serious health risks! I was just talking to a long-time patient about the radio ads I do on Majic 100, and I mentioned that the ones that truly bring the most response are those about treating snoring.  His head perked up…he said “my wife would like to [...]

"You are too Skinny to Have Sleep Apnea!"

This has more to do with sleep disorders than body weight alone. If you look like the picture on the right, you are more likely to have a sleep disorder! This is what a patient of ours was told recently by her physician: you are too skinny to have sleep apnea! Sadly enough, [...]

Could you be sicker than you think?

If you don't sleep well, you can't have enough energy to take care of other things in your life. I can't help but write about what happened with a patient today. He was taking a day off work to get his yearly physical and dental exam. He made the comment, "I'm not looking forward to [...]

A Problem More Dangerous Than Texting While Driving – Kanata Ottawa Dentist

A Problem Even More Dangerous Than Texting While Driving Untreated Sleep Apnea can be just as dangerous as texting while driving! It’s hard to open a newspaper these days without finding a story about texting while driving — and that’s not surprising, considering how dangerous it can be.  What is surprising is that another major [...]

Do You HATE Your CPAP?

Imagine tearing off that irritating mask and turning off the noise forever. If that sounds great, chances are you’re one of the roughly 50% of sleep apnea patients who simply can’t tolerate their CPAP machines. According to experts, that works out to about 6 million people. So if you find yourself hitting the off switch in the middle of the night, you’ve got [...]

Depression or Sleep Disorder, Chicken or Egg? – Kanata Ottawa Dentist

Could poor sleep cause depression? Just last week was Bell Let's Talk Day, where Bell donated more than $6 million to mental health support and research.  On my social media, the screen was filled with people talking openly about how they've suffered from mental illness including depression. Some stories so sad, as a close friend [...]