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The bones of the skull are joined together by means of sutures, which act as expansion/contraction joints. The teeth function as the self-correcting mechanism to realign the skull. This mechanism operates through the maxillae or "upper jaw." The maxillae represents the anterior two-thirds of the base of the human skull. When the teeth are properly aligned contact during normal swallowing and chewing "resets" the alignment of the maxillae, which in turn rebalances the rest of the skull. When patients have a malocclusion or crooked teeth, a distortion occurs to the alignment of the skull.

What Causes TMD?

The misalignment of the skull in turn causes an increase in tension of the fibrous membranes that act as internal tent poles to support the skull. These fibrous membranes are innervated with sensory nerves which trigger off pain. This membrane surrounds the brain and continues through the base of the skull (foramen magnum) and attaches to the neck vertebrae and continues all the way down to the tail bone (coccyx). In essence, the skull, spine and pelvis function like a slinky. A distortion at one end will cause an equal and opposite distortion somewhere along this membrane tube. This craniosacral system is the reason why patients experience symptoms far removed from the actual site of the original problem. When dentists grind down the supporting enamel on molar and bicuspid teeth they cause the spine to be compressed.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a type of sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from at least ten seconds to several minutes, and may occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour. Similarly, each abnormally shallow breathing event is called a hypopnea. Sleep apnea is classified as a dyssomnia, meaning abnormal behavior or psychological events occur during sleep. When breathing is paused, carbon dioxide is building up the bloodstream. Chemoreceptors in the blood stream note the high carbon dioxide levels. The brain is signaled to wake the person sleeping and breathe in air. Breathing normally will restore oxygen levels and the person will fall asleep again. Sleep apnea is often diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or "sleep study"..

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