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.

4 Tips For TMD

We can hardly believe that the holiday season is upon us and the new year is fast approaching. With a new year on the horizon, there is no better time to evaluate your TMD condition if you suffer from this common issue. In addition to the treatment we provide, leading a healthy lifestyle can ensure that your symptoms stay in the past. Read on to see if you are following the tips we suggest to lead a healthy lifestyle that helps your TMD symptoms.

Will The Change In The Weather Affect Your TMD?

We can’t believe that the summer is coming to an end and September is here already. With the arrival of September, not only are students back to school and schedules resuming, but the cooler weather is also arriving. There are some people who dread the warmer weather and love it when the cooler weather arrives once again. People who suffer from TMD can have difficulty with their symptoms during the cold weather. Read on to learn how the colder weather this fall can affect your TMD symptoms.

Is Stress Leading To Your Problems With TMD?

It is not uncommon to feel stressed or overwhelmed from time to time. This is your body’s way of dealing with difficult situations. You may feel this way often if you have a high-pressure job that requires long hours and tough decisions, or perhaps you have a major event in your life, such as an upcoming wedding, that is causing you to feel overwhelmed. If you are regularly stressed, it can cause serious problems with your health. Stress can lead to problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.

Are Any Of These Habits Making Your TMD Worse?

We think it’s safe to say that most people have a habit of doing something that isn’t the best for their overall health. Maybe they drink soft drinks all day long, or perhaps they regularly spend hours binge-watching TV series. Habits like these are not the healthiest. Anytime you do something for immediate gratification that may lead to a long-term problem, it is considered a “bad habit”. If you suffer from TMD, you may be engaging in certain bad habits daily that can affect your treatment. Read on to learn if there are any habits you need to break.