Is Oversleeping OK?

Everyone likes to have a lazy morning once in a while. It’s nice to turn off the alarm and grab an extra hour or two of sleep sometimes. The occasional desire to sleep longer in the morning is not a problem. It becomes a problem, though, when oversleeping starts to be the norm rather than the exception. Chronic oversleeping not only has the potential to disrupt your life, but it could also be a symptom of a sleep disorder. Continue reading to learn more.

Sleep Apnea & Road Safety

People suffering from obstructive sleep apnea know the challenges of a long road trip. Summer is quickly approaching, and we know that many people are planning to hop in the car to visit family and friends or take a scenic drive to one of the many national parks the Pacific Northwest has to offer. So, we thought sharing some tips for staying safe behind the wheel would be a good idea.

Words of Wisdom from Dr. Stephen Carstensen. Watch These 3 Informative Videos.

Dr. Carstensen is a dentist who works at our Bellevue, WA location. He was kind enough to record a few videos about his values and philosophy as a healthcare professional who specializes in helping patients breathe better. You can watch all three of his videos here. We agree with everything he says and want to add to his words of wisdom with some thoughts of our own.

Alcohol & Sleep: What You Should Know If You Have TMD Or Sleep Apnea

Do you like to unwind at night with a cocktail or two? Is Friday happy hour with your friends or colleagues a regular occurrence? Does your social life include activities where alcohol is a given? Consuming alcohol, especially in the evenings, does not promote restful sleep, and people dealing with temporomandibular disorder (TMD) or sleep apnea need to be aware of the potential effects this can have on their health. If you have either of these conditions and enjoy an alcoholic drink or two in the evenings, even occasionally, please keep reading to learn valuable information that will help you get better sleep.

How Winter Affects TMD & What You Can Do About It

What’s your favorite season? If you suffer from the effects of TMD, you may not be that fond of winter and prefer the warmer months. As it is only February, we are right in the middle of the winter season, with spring over a month away. Although our winters aren’t as bad as some other areas of the country, we still get freezing temperatures this time of year, especially at night. The cold weather is known to affect joints and muscles. Because the TMJ is a joint, patients receiving treatment to help with this condition can feel the effects of the cold weather more than others. Read on to learn more and get tips on how to manage your symptoms in the cold weather.

Are You Familiar With TMD?

Do you often wake up with unexplained headaches, or do you often experience discomfort in your jaw and face? If so, you may be experiencing complications from a condition known as TMD, also referred to as temporomandibular joint disorder. Unfortunately, many adults are never properly diagnosed, and their condition and symptoms remain untreated. Our practice is designed to help patients who suffer from TMD get the treatment they need to live their lives to the fullest.