Back in Episode #104, Dr. Vince Clark made reference to a couple of dentists who were using dental orthotics — that is, orthodontics devices worn in the mouth — to affect brain systems in people suffering from conditions as varied as Tourette’s Syndrome to Sleep Apnea to untreatable Migraine Headaches. It took a few weeks to chase down the dentists in question, but the seed of curiosity was too well planted not to turn this into an episode.
Now, we get to hear from Dr. Anthony Sims and Dr. Gary Demerjian, who are probably the two leading practitioners nationwide of this counterintuitive treatment approach — based on soothing irritated nerves in the jaw to alleviate symptoms often misdiagnosed as purely neurological.
Get ready for a paradigm-altering interview.
And if you’re curious to see the doctors’ patients’ testimonials and physical behavior before-and-after the insertion of their orthodontics, check out this video. And this one. And this one. And this one too.
What does dentistry have to do with cognition?
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The audience interaction section
Introduction to Dr. Anthony Sims and Dr. Gary Demerjian's area of expertise
Dr. Sims' transition from traditional dentistry to treating neurological disorders
The trigeminal nerve: symptoms and bad signalling
The connections between sneezing and Tourette's Syndrome
Uneven growth rates and the effect on the trigeminal nerve
How is this treatment catching on as a standard of care?
How do dentistry interventions stack up to traditional medication?
Which neurological conditions are treatable using this method?
A shift in orthodontry teaching
How quickly do people respond to treatments?
Symptoms to look out for
Sleep disorder treatment
Aging and its effects on jaw structure and overall health
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