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I’ve been told I have TMJ, and it hurts – what can I do? | Ask the Expert

Sleep disorders cause all sorts of problems, and are more common than most people realize. Dr. Jennifer J. Cornell, DDS, at Dental Sleep and TMJ Solutions of Clarksville has answers to some of the questions that come up about the conditions preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep.

Question: I have been told I have TMJ. It really hurts. What can I do about it?

Dr. Cornell: It is incorrect to use the phrase “TMJ” to describe a disorder of the temporomandibular joints. When someone’s knee or hip hurts, they are not told by their provider, “You have knee joint” or “You have hip joint.” It is more accurate to tell a patient they have TMD (temporomandibular disorder or dysfunction) or even better TMJD (temporomandibular joint disorder or dysfunction). Regardless, dysfunction of the TM joints can be painful and cause quality of life issues.

The temporomandibular joint is a unique joint in our body. One of the smallest, it is also one of the most complex. It not only hinges when you open and close your jaw but also translates as you open wide. It is also very close to other structures that use similar nerve pathways, so symptoms can be confusing, often making a person feel a bit “NUTS” or “not understand their symptoms.”

Read full article at Clarksville Now website

Sleep Apnea” | Jo Koy : Lights Out

The day my mom told me I had sleep apnea. From my 2012 special “Lights Out.”

Jo Koy has come a long way from his modest beginnings at a Las Vegas coffee house. As one of today’s vastly growing stand-up comedians, Koy sells-out comedy clubs & theaters across the nation with his infectious, explosive energy onstage. The comedian pulls inspiration from his family, specifically his son that inspires humor across all boundaries.

This year, the comedian broke a record for the most tickets sold by a single artist at The Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu with 11 sold-out shows and over 23,000 tickets. In 2018, the comedian will launch the Break The Mold tour.

Today, the comedian tours across the world and can be heard as a weekly guest on the popular podcast, The Adam Carolla Show. Koy also hosts the weekly podcast, The Koy Pond on Podcast One. Additionally, Koy can be seen on Kevin Hart’s & Lionsgate’s platform as the host of the non-scripted series Inglorious Pranksters.

For more info on the podcast and tour dates, please visit:

How Your Dentist Can Help You Get A Better Sleep

Are you zoning out at work? Having trouble concentrating? Are you waking up frequently with a pounding headache? Do you often get sleepy – or even fall asleep – when you shouldn’t, like when you’re driving?
Tell your dentist!
Dentists are concerned with more than just your pearly whites. We’re here to help you with your overall health and well-being too! More and more evidence is coming out to show that sleep deprivation – a condition that can result in all the symptoms listed at the top of this post – is at the root of a large number of every day conditions. Fortunately, treating sleep deprivation is something most dentists are willing and able to do.

Sleep is Your Superpower

Sleep is your life-support system and Mother Nature’s best effort yet at immortality, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. In this deep dive into the science of slumber, Walker shares the wonderfully good things that happen when you get sleep — and the alarmingly bad things that happen when you don’t, for both your brain and body. Learn more about sleep’s impact on your learning, memory, immune system and even your genetic code — as well as some helpful tips for getting some shut-e…

Tired of Sleep Apnea?

Many people are affected by snoring and sleep apnea. Not to mention the strain on a relationship when one partner snores throughout the night. Learn how Dr. Cornell and Back to Basics Dentistry helped a Clarksville man improve his sleep quality with a new sleep solution.
In 2010, Daryl was diagnosed with sleep apnea and spent several years using a bulky CPAP machine. After going through surgery to remove his tonsils, uvula and open his nose airway, his sleep apnea was only reduced from severe to moderate. Daryl adds, “I was back to the machine rolling all night, constantly removing the hose from my neck and fighting to get at least 2 hours sleep.” Everything changed after Daryl learned about oral sleep appliances. Daryl says, “I attended Dr. Cornell’s class on sleep apnea and sleep appliances and I found a new family. Not only has the Team been great every time I go for an appointment, but the one on one care given by the assistant and then followed by Dr. Cornell, has been awesome.” Dental appliances are ideal because they are small, comfortable and effective.  Studies have shown oral appliances reduce the number of sleep apnea episodes by 60%. With this solution, sufficient oxygen is able to reach the lungs by keeping the air passage open through the night. Daryl explains other benefits to sleep appliances, “I am able to sleep on my back, stomach, or side with no hose restrictions around me. My sleep quality has improved, and my sleep apnea is under control.”