163: Dr. Dominik Nischwitz (aka Dr Dome), Oral Health & Better Sleep: Metals, Root Canals, & Jawbone Cavitations…And So Much More!


Dr. Dominik Nischwitz (AKA Dr. Dome) is known as the “World's leading biological dentist” and one of the first ceramic implant specialists.

He is the Vice President of the International Society for Metal-Free Implantology, whose mission is to help as many people as possible experience optimum oral health without the use of metal-based treatments of yesteryear.

Dr. Dome is an international speaker and Author of "It's all in your mouth," with the goal of establishing biological dentistry as the new standard for health optimization protocols for all health practitioners and dentists alike using the term "health starts in your mouth."

Dr. Nischwitz has exclusively used ceramic implants since 2013, placing more than 5000 to date, and is considered a pioneer in the field of biological and holistic dentistry

His other passions include functional medicine, holistic nutrition, and competitive sports.

Dr. Dome trains traditional dentists in proper biological dentistry practices and believes optimal health starts in the mouth.

In this episode, we discuss:

😴 Dr. Dome's Unconventional Dentistry Journey

😴 The Role of Holistic Approaches

😴 Innovating Dental Practices for Holistic Wellness

😴 Bridging the Gap: Traditional Dentistry vs. Holistic Health Optimization

😴 Exploring the Profound Connection to the Brain and Nervous System

😴 Identifying Hidden Health Triggers

😴 Reconsidering Dental Procedures for Silent Threats

😴 Uncovering Health Risks: Metals, Root Canals, and Jawbone Cavitations

😴Equipping Listeners to Make Informed Dental Decisions

😴Harnessing the Power of Lifestyle for Optimal Dental Health

😴 Biohacking and Dentistry

😴 Sleep Optimization

😴 Nutritional Considerations

😴 What can we learn from Dr. Dome’s sleep-night habits

😴 And more!

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Welcome to the sleep as a skill podcast. Today we are going to be discussing all things oral health and how it relates to your sleep in many, many layered ways that you may not have considered. So our guest is affectionately known as Dr. Dome, and his full name is Dr. Dominic Nitschwitz, Dr. Dome, and he is known as the world's leading biological dentist and one of the first ceramic implant specialists.

He is the vice president of the International Society for Metal Free Implantology. whose mission is to help as many people as possible to experience optimum oral health without the use of yesteryear metal based treatments. Dr. Dome is an international speaker and author of it's all in your mouth with the goal of establishing biological dentistry as the new standard for health optimization protocols for all health practitioners and dentists alike using the term health starts in your mouth.

Now, he has exclusively used ceramic implants since 2013,  placing more than 5, 000 to date and is considered a pioneer in the field of biological and holistic dentistry. His other passions include functional medicine, holistic nutrition, and competitive sports.  He trains traditional dentists in proper biological dentistry practices and believes that optimal health starts in the mouth.

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Welcome to the Sleep is a Skill podcast. We are in for a treat today. We have Dr. Dom on the podcast and even before hitting record, it became apparent to me of the huge amount of information that our aim on this conversation is to tackle some big topics that we have not addressed on this podcast to date.

So I am very, very honored to have you on the podcast. Thank you so much for taking the time. Thank you very much for having me. Um, it's my pleasure. Oh, well, this is really, really going to be an awesome conversation because this is so important. Now, what we are talking about today is of course, always on this podcast, sleep optimization, but you're coming at it from a whole other angle and a unique angle, one that I, podcast.

So I'm wondering if you can just share how in the world you found yourself in this arena and became such a outspoken. spoken voice in some of these what land for many people as just things that they would have never understood would impact their certainly sleep results, but overall health results from the area of dentistry.

Yeah. Thank you. So I'm on that journey for, for half my life since 20 years now. Um, I studied conventional dentistry  from 2003 to eight, the regular dental school. I was never, so let's say that was quiet. by accident because I never wanted to become a dentist. My dad is a dentist too. So I wasn't interested at all.

I only wanted to become a professional skater when I was in my teenage years or as a kid. So I had a little bit of a different lifestyle and I couldn't imagine. that working is actually fun. But then during civil service, I had to do an internship and they put me in dental school and then in dental clinics.

And I was able to extract teeth there, even though I probably would have not been allowed as a civil servant. I believe that the doctor thought I was a student in eighth semester and just let me pull teeth. And I found it really cool. And I was always very, very, let's say crafty with my hands, very artistic.

I had um, arts in school as my major and stuff. So I thought, okay, wow, I think I'm good with these tiny little things. So I just give it a shot and try dentistry. So I applied for the universe and just studied it for five years without any purpose at all. I just liked that thing. I had no idea that I had to learn the sciences like physics, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, all these things, because probably if I had known I would have not done it, but  Because at the same time I crashed hardcore with my health because of the lifestyle I had up until then, because of skater and drinking and party and all these things,  I had to kind of dig myself out of like a health hole or like mental health issues and started training, fitness, bodybuilding, supplements, nutrition from very early onwards in my dental school, let's say from 20 years onwards and got very much addicted to this.

Just for me personally, while I was studying dentistry,  but at the end of dentistry, after five years of studying, I was still some, still missing something. I loved the craft, very good with my hands, but I didn't know what it was. So I saw it as an entrance card. And after university, I started with a surgeon because I wanted to do oral surgery straight away.

And this, this doctor was quite old school using still these nasty looking silver, black amalgam fillings.  I, as I told you, I'm very like aesthetic pleased and I love that it looks good. And I was, I already learned composites and things that are white. I told him I cannot play stark, nasty fillings in the patient's mouth.

Not possible. And also in the back of my head, I kind of.  learn from my dad that this stuff is somewhat toxic. I didn't learn it in university and university is just totally fine to use amalgam fillings. They last forever and they're subsidized by the insurance. So I had to look it up. And this is when the whole realm of functional medicine 10, 15 years ago opened up for me because I found heavy metals, detoxification, supplements, binders, and great integrative medicine doctors that were talking about heavy metal poisoning  for decades.

And I had never heard of it. Even after university. So this opened up that, that rabbit hole for me, which was perfect because I already did the studies on myself with functional medicine and my own health optimization journey. So I could apply all the things about nutrition and things to optimize patients straight right from the start.

So initially I thought. Removing all these mercury containing black fillings for my patient's safety will be the holy grail. And I will be able to help everyone on this planet getting healthy again, which was not the case, obviously, because there's more. And therefore I started digging into it and traveled the whole globe to learn from the best.

People, basically I paid people to get as much information as possible over weekend calls and things, just because I got addicted to finding solutions, not for me, but also for everyone else, because I realized the missing part in university was.  that I can help patients get healthy besides doing mechanical repair work, which is anyways, fine.

That's a graft, but what about helping people heal? And this became my passion. And now 15 years later, I have developed the whole concept. I'm just called biodentistry 3. 0, which is the melting of the high tech skills. with functional medicine and health optimization, or some would call it biohacking, to make sure that we optimize patients health by starting in the mouth.

Because there's nothing more unnatural on this planet than dental repair that has been happening in your mouth. So that was a short one, hopefully. So beautiful. Yeah, because I love what you're pointing to and starting to unpack some of these other topics that we've had a few dentists on the podcast and often have identified this.

being really cutting edge and a bit, you know, more of this biohacking approach, right? But often some of the things that we've discussed have been focused on the following. It will be sleep apnea, maybe teeth grinding, and often that's about it, right? So, and not certainly that's not putting a cap on what's possible, but what are we missing?

And what is, when we think about the mouth and dentistry right now, what is the average person missing of these things that can be impacting certainly their sleep and their overall health? And I know you touched on some, but how do you think about it when you have a patient in front of you and they're struggling with their sleep?

What are these things that we're not even seeing? Yeah, the problem here is that there is a knowledge gap in between traditional conventional dentistry and what we're doing. And also in between dentistry and overall health optimization. It's kind of like right now the mouth is not part of the body because us as dentists, we are trained to repair teeth. 

First of all to make sure that we can bite it and second, to get you out of pain, maybe fast enough. And third, maybe for aesthetics. Sure. Meaning nice, fairly white teeth, but that's about it. Yeah. And we are missing that. Teeth are, teeth are really tiny organs. 32 teeth, 32 organs. Mm-Hmm. directly connected to your brain. 

I would say no, I, I wouldn't say it is anatomically speaking, an extension of your brain, like your two eyes, like the eyes.  Everyone knows that eyes are connected to your brain nerve.  They are actually a brain nerve, like your nose, but your teeth are also a brain nerve or only at the end of a brain nerve.

There's a very good  picture that I'm always showing where you see that whole nervous system from the brain. Maybe you can use it at B Roll and where you see the trigeminous nerve starting here in the brainstem and then has basically goes like this.  One goes here, here, one goes top jaw, one goes lower jaw.

And at the end of this feathering, you have a tooth. And therefore a tooth is  having a blood supply, a lymph supply and an autonomic nervous system, which can be a, can be a chronic stressor if something has been done on it  that travels back into your brainstem. So it's directly connected to your pituitary, to hypothalamus, to all the brain ganglia, to your brainstem.

It's actually an area of the brain. It is, yeah, like the external hard drive of a computer, maybe. So  obviously, Whatever we place in your teeth or in your mouth on your teeth  will affect your overall body, not just the oral cavity. And this is where it's a total disconnect because we are trained to use whatever kind of material in dentistry to repair,  like a garage for cars. 

But we are not really looking into how is this material, first of all, impacting the overall health.  Is this material maybe toxic? Is this material maybe putting a stress on the immune system? Is it maybe disrupting your autonomic nervous system, putting you into sympathetic mode? So this is stuff we don't even look at. 

The only thing dentists usually ask if you have like anything, is there any pain? Right. Sure. As you know, we are talking here about chronic health issues. Sleep issue is a health issue, chronic. So chronic health issues or not sleeping is not, it's usually not painful. Depression is not painful.  Diabetes is not painful.

The most things are not painful. So to ask about pain only is not catching it. So we see patients with lots of chronic inflammation in their jaw, in their mouth.  That doesn't hurt there, but is affecting your whole nervous system and your immune system as a chronic stressor. And the epidemic is chronic disease.

And as you know, chronic inflammation is at the root source of it.  So imagine you have chronic undiagnosed inflammation from various materials, different treatments in the brain, basically in an extension of your brain. How much does this affect your body 24 seven?  But no one can do anything about it because first of all, dentists won't know doctors don't look there.

So there's a huge disconnect and therefore I'm here to explain, okay, this is the route we should do. And this is also a very much overlooked and underrated part of your whole body. In my opinion is the entrance to your body and the entrance hall for that whole house you're living in. And there's so many things that before we hit record to you mentioned that often when you're speaking with audiences, there's so many things that people might have done over the course of their lives that could be just completely unbeknownst to them, impacting some of their health results that are just sitting there in their mouth, but they don't realize what are some of those things.

Yeah, especially in that, in that, um, let's say in that realm of health optimization or biohacking,  people try a lot of things to optimize their health. They certainly have their nutrition on point. They try to optimize their sleep. They go out in nature, they ground, they do whatever. And I always say, if you do all these things, which you should, But you still can't sleep.

You still wake up in the middle of the night. You can still can't fall asleep, or you're still not feeling superhuman. Then there might be something triggering your nervous system and your immune system on a daily basis that you're not even aware of. And this is when I ask three questions to the audience.

We can do that virtually here too. Yes. So everyone listening, stand up. If you had any sort of metal in your mouth,  Remain standing.  Yeah. If you also had a root canal, stand up, remain standing. And the third question I'm always asking is,  did you remove your wisdom teeth? And if that's a yes,  usually I can now see the audience on any sort of keynote. 

90 percent at least completely standing up. So I know even though they're doing all the things to optimize, they're missing big time because they're not looking at the centerpiece,  which is your computer, your brainstem, your extension of your brain. And it could be metals, root canals, and. Wisdom teeth remove would be something called a job on cavitations, which are not even trained in university for dentists.

So dentists don't even know about it. And therefore you might have chronic health triggers. I call them health killers in the mouth.  You haven't even heard of, but also be aware. I'm not here to make you freak out because. Probably 80 percent of the audience is now standing. No, it's all about getting you to this information because it's about optimizing.

And then we need to strategize. Okay. I have a metal. What can we do next? I have a root canal. What can I do next? Because we have very charming things on how to do that very, very streamlined. And I'm doing this for like, 15 years now and patients flying from all over the world. So it's really, really a thing that we can use to help.

And for me, it's only important that this information reaches so many people, many people as possible, because at the core center of all chronic health issues is the mouth. Sure, 100%. And so for those people that Are standing  and to your point, you can sit down again, but if you were standing and we're not trying to scare you or what have you, but as you pointed to, there might be some paths that we might pathways for action that we could take if one, if we're standing or two, maybe to be aware of for future generations, for your kids or certain things that you might want to be aware of that had just because it's always been done doesn't necessarily mean that it's the most informed and up to date.

Thank you. Paths that we could take. So I guess what I'm asking for is what you see from your lens for people of what they can do now that they had those procedures. And if maybe you would recommend or not recommend those for future generations. Yes, again, first of all, do not freak out. And also, if you like our age, or like, I'm probably older than you, but let's say 40 and below, you might, you might, Don't, you might not even have metals or had metals in your mouth or had no root canal because oral hygiene is a little bit better, but maybe you had your wisdom teeth pulled, which is quite common.

But then again, like she's like, when I said, think about your dad and mom, they probably had mercury fillings, which is heavy. The black amalgam fillings, which is 50 percent mercury. So they need to be aware. They probably have a mouthful of root canals and lots of different metals in there, and they don't even know.

And you see them with health decline. That's why we give you this information. So first of all, metals.  It's, they are all used all over the world in dentistry from just fillings and crowns and up until the, if you have lost a tooth, it's called a implant, a dental implant. Sure. 99. 7 percent of all dentists worldwide use a titanium implant, a metal implant, which then sticks into your jawbone.

And can cause issues because for metals, just very easily, you have to understand they have no place in your body. They're not even supposed to be there. They can always be a chronic stressor. When it comes to your immune system, you can become allergic. They're always producing radicals or like it's an oxidative stress producing free radicals, but they can also be super toxic.

Like everyone probably knows that mercury is toxic, right?  Why would you have a that contains 50 percent of this. the most toxic non radioactive element known to man in your mouth. Makes no sense. We have to remove it as toxic waste product. So this is in there. So it's toxicity immunology. And the third bit about metals in this world  is always, and I think you talk about this in your podcast, EMF.

You've heard about electric magnetic field. You know that any metal just physically and chemically speaking is a antenna. So if you have any metal in your body, especially sticking in your mouth, in your nervous system,  It will cause a battery and it will disrupt the whole nervous system. It becomes an antenna, which means if you have a cell phone call now, the, the frequencies don't go to the phone and back to the tower.

They go to the phone, to your mouth, and then back to the phone, to the tower, amplifying that. And if you understand that your body is a battery.  And your nervous system works with, let's say, currents. It can change everything big time. So metal allergies, toxicity, and the antenna just to know what are our problems here.

The second bit was about root canals. Root canals are based as a, is a very highly, so the craft for dentists. It's very, very, you have to be very highly skillful because you need to do very tiny things. Root canal basically means you had a big tooth decay, big cavity, which went into the nerve center or like the blood supply.

And you had massive pain, tooth pain is most insane pain because  it goes straight into your brain. It's an extension of your brain. It's brain pain. It's like neuralgia. Um, Transcribed by https: otter. ai So therefore we have to help you with a root canal and then basically take out the vital insides of that tooth and make it dead.

It goes from healthy to a dead part.  So I always say it was never a good idea to leave a dead body part in your body. Like every medical, every medical department. We'll know that, for example, a black foot or toe, a diabetic foot needs to go because it will spread.  But you may have five dead black tooth inside your jawbone  that no one sees because there's a nice aesthetic cap on it, but it's still the same issue.

So a root canal is a dead organ that over time will always be, Let's say  bacteria will always live in there and producing byproducts that again, can be very toxic  to your system, putting more burden on your liver or detoxification system, as well as can be a chronic infection with bacteria, meaning your immune system will probably do something.

For example, building a cyst on top of it again, another chronic stressor. So,  but because it's chronic and it's silent, usually what the body does, because there's no solution for your body. It's just turned down the volume. You don't feel it anymore. It doesn't hurt anymore.  It becomes chronic and no one knows about it.

So root canal would be the second health killer.  And the third one, just to sum it up, is something called jawbone cavitations in, in these marks. quotation marks. Yeah. Because cavitation is a layman's term for a clinical condition, better known as FDOJ. Fatty degenerative osteonecrotic jawbone basically means fatty mushy dead bone, which happens after any sort of tooth extraction. 

Sure. But especially after the wisdom teeth, which are pulled in 80 percent of all cases for us and our teenagers in the Western world, because we don't have space anymore for them, uh, which is a degeneration actually. So, but no one knows about these chronic jawbone issues, not even in dental school. So they are kind of like in the woo woo realm, even though there's a lot of information research out there, but this is again, a chronic sign of inflammation, harboring toxins, infections, bacteria, even mold for all the us guys with mold issues.

They tend to accumulate in these jawbone areas, causing systemic inflammation again. No one knows about it. It's in here. So for me, it's important that you just know, and then we can go into what you can do about it. But  this is more triggers, triggers, triggers. And if we trigger your nervous system, what does it do? 

Usually the immune system produces some sort of  cytokines to communicate and cytokines  usually also activate the sympathetic nervous system. So inflammation, nervous system stress, then  usually the stress axis is hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal glands.  We produce more adrenaline, and then in the long run, if it's ongoing, more cortisol.

And as you maybe know, cortisol then will steal your sexual hormones, make you a little bit less energetic. And also obviously cortisol is a big sleep disruptor. So you see, there's lots and lots of things when it comes to chronic health issue that actually start in the mouth. And that's why I always say optimal health.

starts in the mouth and it's not just about tooth decay and gingivitis and sleep apnea and periodontitis. We also have to look into things that are installed permanently that are causing big issues. But luckily with systemized approaches on how to make sure that we can help patients as fast as possible.

Um, and take out all, yeah, easy. We can go into this because there are solutions. No worries guys. Nowadays, we don't need metals anymore. I'm a ceramic implant specialist and one of the first ones worldwide. And that means we can even replace a missing tooth with a, let's say more natural biomaterial. Even though my purpose of changing the industry overall is.

That we obviously inform parents and everyone to have the life, the right lifestyle choices from the beginning, maybe even before getting pregnant  so that we don't need dental repair in the future. But right now that's future music because most patients have a lot of dental repairs that we need charming solutions on how to at least repair with biomaterials. 

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Because one of the things I often see for people that are struggling with their sleep is They're tired. They're overwhelmed. It can feel like, Oh, gosh, there's so many things that I got to do. And but when you hear that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, it doesn't have to be this huge undertaking.

It can be something that we can be guided along this path. So in the guiding, what might you recommend for people as steps that they could take? Yeah. First of all, now, you know, um, obviously before, so usually how I can, I can explain it to your best maybe on a patient approach. Okay. So  most of the patients that see us fly in from all over the world and you basically have to apply for an appointment.

I don't know if that's the right word. I just translate. Yeah. Yeah. Thanks. Apply means you have to send in a couple of data. I would, we would see your current panoramic x ray, which is a type two dimensional x ray of the whole jawbone of the whole oral cavity. And we will also ask for a couple of blood work, for example, your vitamin D three level, and then you send it in and we plan your treatment case remotely by addressing all these three health, health killers.

or chronic health issues. So what our goal is in when you come in is to remove all the metals safely, which is super important because they might be super toxic.  And second, we will remove all the root canals, which are usually chronically inflamed, but you don't even know replace it with immediate ceramic implants so that you don't have to run around with gaps, but straight away have a, um,  a solution.

And third, obviously we addressing these cavitations to make sure that the whole mouth. piece is clean. Yeah. We're working from the base on.  And then usually there is a, let's say a healing period for about three to six months because we need to help the bone to heal. And it takes about three to six months to also integrate implants.

But  In order to start this journey to come in for that health optimization week,  we will prepare our patients in advance with health optimization, with the right nutrition, which is my food design concept with the right. macro and micronutrients and with lifestyle changes that they can do on themselves before coming in.

And obviously, if you're already on the health optimization journey and doing everything, have a perfect or an ideal nutrition, no lack of nutrients, maybe even taking a couple of nice supplements that help with all these things, it might be even possible to come in quite fast to our clinic. And this is the goal.

Why are we teaching this surrounding? Because basically you want to be actually, everyone should be. prepared for any kind of surgery on a daily basis. So you should always be in a surplus of nutrients. So  if something happens, your body will heal. Unfortunately, most of us out there are in chronic hibernation mode, lack of nutrients, lack of sunlight, no vitamin E3, cannot build bone.

So how can I now do a surgery? That would be insane, but this is what we do. We don't inform patients about surgery. The only thing like maybe, have you had your wisdom teeth pulled? I have not, actually, but I was, I know, right? It's so random. I know. I did get the recommendation ages back to do that, but I didn't do it.

No, it's good. Okay. Are they even grown out? You had the space for it? There was a dentist that I did speak with that had said, Oh, well, we could make more room if we were to pull them. And I just had kind of erred on the side of not taking that step. But they're grown out. So they're in your job. Yeah, totally.

No,  like just see the regular way. In nature, if we wouldn't be degenerated, we had space for all our teeth easily, plus 10, 000 years ago, all of us had two pair of wisdom teeth. So that means our jawbone and our whole skull structure just shrank and narrow, narrow. So having no space for wisdom teeth, that's the problem, not the wisdom teeth.

Obviously dentists just, dentists just remove them because obviously we want to have nice straight teeth and we have no space.  You know what I mean? So Yeah.  Yeah. As you understand. But if, for example, I personally had my wisdom teeth removed because I haven't had space back then. Sure. And the only thing that a then, that a doctor usually tells you about is this is the surgery.

These are, these are the risks. This is the medication. And you'll look like this for one week and you cannot go to school. Yeah, right. It's normal because you, you're doing a surgery. while you're growing up without preparing systemically and putting a huge stress and shock on that, on that tiny body. And this is why we obviously for making this happening.

So we can do the whole mouth in one week in one treatment sequence,  obviously, if the body is optimized and not in hibernation mode. And then if you come in, obviously the high tech skills is that we use the most minimal invasive approaches. And also include things like hyperbaric oxygen, laser veins, intravenous nutrition, everything from the world of biohacking or longevity that you can imagine.

But this is only when you're there. Why? Because I don't want to have patients with swollen cheeks looking like Rocky Balboa in my waiting room. I want to have people that tell you on the next day, I cannot even believe that we did a six hour surgery and I have no, almost no pain. How is that even possible?

I don't know. I don't know. This is fulfilling. And then if they tell you, I have seen 29 doctors,  I couldn't sleep. I was depressed. I had chronic shoulder issues. I had irritable bowel syndrome, thyroid issues, whatever, name it. And now two days later, it feels like 80 percent is gone. This is the fulfilling bit.

We all know all the dentists that are listening. We all love the tiny work. Yeah. We love it. It's achievement thing. It's like an art, but if patients tell you, Hey, you made me heal or you bring me into this healing mode. My parasympathetic is finally working. I'm out of stress mode.  This is fulfilling. And I think this is what a doctor of the future is.

And this is why this is the evolution of dentistry and medicine. And this is why I need a thousand of you guys that are interested in this open minded young and wild dentist, even old and wild, but open minded. Um, to see that is a big mindset switch here, but we can still do our nice craftsmanship, but we are finally able to optimize the overall patient by starting in the mouth.

And this is insane. So in Germany, a dentist is called a tooth doctor. I just translated, but what was missing is the doctor part. We all need to do the tooth repair. The doctor part needs to be bigger. Yeah. We are real. We are real doctors and we study that. So we are now able to do that. So now you have the moral obligation to do so.

Ugh, so true. Oh, I'm so appreciative and grateful that you've put in the time, energy, effort for decades and can share this information for us and kind of empower us to know that there are steps we can take. It's not as if we're in these days of, all right, well, There's only a couple things that you can do.

Now we have a lot more available to us and the more people that are getting educated in the areas that you are, this can really help kind of spider out to the rest of us. So this is amazing.  And I know that one for the listener, they're going to want to absolutely learn more about all that you're having to share because I know we're only able to scratch the surface in this conversation.

So they're definitely going to need to follow all the places that you're on. So we'll make sure to share that in the show notes. And. Every person that comes on the podcast, we do ask four questions around your sleep and how you're managing it. So I'm very curious to hear that given some of the things that you shared and clearly thought deeply on many topics and aspects of health.

And so I'm really, really curious to see how you're managing things. So our first question that we ask everyone is what is your nightly sleep routine looking like right now? Yes, Yeah, obviously I try to optimize myself a lot too, so yes. You can see, I see you wear a ring I wear too. Yes, exactly. A ring fact that I have that aura ring.

Not affiliated for five years. Yes. And now my friend Tim Biohacker, he got me a new one. Fantastic.  Yes. That's great too. Yeah, I find it even better to be honest. Yeah. Uh, works, it seems more precise and I actually try to optimize everything. Like how can I get my deep sleep up? How I get my re seat? Yeah, I have no oral health issues, so I'm optimizing everything else for me personally.

So number one, obviously I'm big with EMFs. Yeah, we touched already. So it's a no brainer, but for us in the house, we have no wifi at night. It goes off at, I would say 8 p. m. I use no cell phone after, and if I use it, it's. It's in airplane mode and at night everything is in airplane mode. This is a big thing and it costs you nothing.

Right. The only thing is you have to remember, okay, switch off that wifi or you can even maybe do it automatically. Sure. That is something. That is. It's not, not necessarily always tangible or measurable, but it will help your nervous system. It's insane. Especially if you have metals in your mouth, because then you human antenna, then you feel it more.

So I know people that are not affected at all, but I'm affected by electromagnetic fields big time, but I'm a dentist. I have drilled out a lot of amalgam mercury without protecting me. So I have thought a lot in myself. So I'm still working on it. Sure. That's a big one.  Second one for me, personally. I tried everything from glycine to every, every single serotonin, GABA, whatever you, you name,  not eating five hours before bed, three hours before bed, directly before bed. 

The biggest level for me personally is it needs to be cold. That's the only thing. Same. Yeah. I cannot sleep or I can get deep sleep if it's not cold. I sometimes need to be extremely cold. That means I will take the cold shower, not in the morning to wake me up, but before bed. So that is, yeah, that's how my body works, but I'm. 

Yeah. I have a lot of dopamine, acetylcholamine. I'm like a high performance guy and I'm in surgery sometimes five, six hours straight. That means I probably produce a lot of cortisol and adrenaline just by the nature of it. And I'm not stressed by it, but I think my body  just needs to get rid of it.

Another thing is. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Uh, just quick walk, 15, 20 minutes, like a walk, not a run below 120 will also help with the adrenaline and the cortisol buildup from the day and helps. Yes. But this is my biggest one is cold and then food is also important. And I always, So the food design I train dentists is, or patients, it's three steps.

Step one, skip the shit. It's basically no gluten, no refined vegetable oils, no sugar, no conventional dairy. Number one, step two, learn how to think in nutrients,  macronutrients, micronutrients, protein first. And step three is I have stuff like these data here. Like I know my nighttime HRV, for example, an average. 

And therefore I know for patients or myself, am I sympathetic, am I balanced, or am I parasympathetic? And because of this, I can use strategic nutrients, macronutrients to help my neurotransmitters.  And as I said, I'm more dopamine, acetylcholine dominant, dominant. And if I have a lack of anything is always GABA, which is a balancing neurotransmitter and serotonin.

So I will make sure to my, that my dinner contains precursors of this, which is tryptophan, glutamine, all these things. That would be, for example, I eat.  Protein and easy to digest protein with easy to digest carbs. In this case, for example, potato, sweet potato, white rice, just to kick in some of this insulin and serotonin and GABA precursors, which helps for sleeping for me to just calms down my neurotransmitters.

So if you, if you are that high performance guy, high achiever, if you, you know, you are, yeah, you wake up, you push, you do, you do your workouts. That's me.  I know that we tend to do things that make this part more extreme. I'm guilty of that too. I did the fasting, I did keto, I did all the things 10 years ago for years, and the only thing that made me go is more sympathetic.

So more general, more focus, more stuff, but I couldn't sleep. Yeah. I just don't sleep. Therefore I reduced everything and I realized, okay, my body is, has an engine that needs 25 liters per kilometer. So I need food. And it's mainly actually carbohydrates that keep me like a little bit balanced, plants, minerals. 

So I will not fast, I actually break that fast and therefore reduce my cortisol big time, which again helps with your sleep at nighttime. So as you know, sleeping at night starts actually when you wake up. Yes. My morning routine is actually more extensive than my evening routine. Oh, well, it's perfect segue to the next question, which is, what is your morning routine?

Oh, okay. My morning routine is I, so, and when I, I go to bed, let's say 10 30 latest, and as you know, I maybe know I also am married and have four kids, so I'm not sitting alone in my bed. Only got four kids. Wow. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Okay. Amazing.  So it's always, this is another, if you have four kids and then optimizing your sleep, this is the next level.

Yeah, totally. So I wake up usually 6 a. m. Okay. And without an alarm if possible. Yeah. And what I usually do is I start with hydration, amino acids, a couple of things, a concoction that I develop for my neurotransmitters specifically. And then I right away, like say 30 minutes later, I jump into movement.

Because for me, my body type, I need that, that energy to be transported throughout the body. And movement.  I go out in the sunlight. If there's light now, right now it's wintertime, so it's dark outside. I just switch.  I actually switch on light to just get light in my eyes to start that skating rhythm. And I start with movement and I usually do workout in the morning and then a little bit of cardio, which is again, just a slow, steady state, low 120.

Right. Dean? Which helps immensely with trans, but getting my energy balanced for the whole day ahead. So I have finished everything by, by 8 30 AM. And then I'm in surgery from 10 onwards to let's say 5 PM, then I have time for family or do a podcast. Thank you. So it's all very much structured and obviously my, my meals and my food design is a calling to this.

So I. Yeah. Wow. I practice what I preach. So yeah, I don't eat all these nasty stuff, all the nasty things like sugars and stuff because they can also disrupt your sleep and your nervous system, as you know. And then I make sure I have enough protein. And I, we always go with two grams per kilogram as a recommendation of patients, ideal body weight.

which would be in English, one gram per pound, ideal body weight.  I'm very active and athletic, so I do more, which works for me. Then I eat a lot of times throughout the day, but that's just me. I have enough patients that are more parasympathetic dominant. They can go away with two or three meals a day and fasting.

You just have a different metabolism. So in the ring, I would see nighttime average HRV.  Um, let's say above 80 to 120 on average nighttime,  then I know, okay, parasympathetic basically needs to have protein and fats in the morning and can go away with more fattier meals. And let's say more paleo,  paleo issued, whereas I'm a  mesomorphic balanced body type, meaning nighttime HRV is around about 50 to 60.

So I balance it out. Sure. I'm an athlete, therefore more carbs. And then. Yeah. Yeah. I have a lot of patients that are very sympathetic, meaning HRV, which is not bad. Yeah. Maybe also ectomorphic by nature, more, more skinny, more, um, uh, this, this person, they are, let's say an average 20 to 40 HRV because I hear it in biohacking and in this realm a lot that everyone needs to be high in HRV, which is not correct.

Right. You have to find what is your type. Are you right now sympathetic because of stressors in your mouth because of the wrong diet, because of the wrong things? Yes.  Then more parasympathetic, but maybe you're too parasympathetic because of all the stressors. That's totally individual. You cannot get your ass off the ground.

You have a lacking drive, but your HIV is super high and everyone thinks you're healthy. No, you're not because you may be overcompensating with that parasympathetic brain. See, the nervous system is something that needs to flip and switch. So I can be sympathetic during surgery. I'm quite sure I am. Sure.

You have to be 100 percent straight on that point. Yeah. But I'm sure I shouldn't be it not right now after our podcast, I should probably be chill. Yeah. So this is what we need to switch. And this is again, a big thing for your nervous system to be able to. Stress and rest and digest in seconds. And if you have stress in your mouth, it's hard and therefore you might not be able to turn down the volume and you still have raising thoughts and cannot sleep.

So you see how sleeping comes back in routines, but also this is the centerpiece, which is an extension of the brain where everything starts.  So well said, and I so appreciate you speaking to the nuance around HRV because so many people do have it in these blanket kind of narratives that, oh, higher is always better, lower is always bad, and these false binaries, right?

Yes. I can give you a perfect example. If you're interested about me personally, because I'm, I'm that experimenting guy for you. So I take everything  I can see. So, um, example with that ring, I was at the beginning when you start that new and you don't know about all these data, then you, you can also, it can also happen that. 

You get frustrated by data, which is totally wrong. This should be only your accountability partner. You have to know and understand how to use it. So anyways, I was testing quite different strategies for my nutrition and daily lifestyle and just to see what's possible. So I can get my HRV up to 90 easily and my heart rate down to 30,  which for biohacker would look, Whoa, this dude's super healthy.

But for my personal. This means, because usually my perfect balance is 50 HRV, 50 heart rate average at night. This is when I'm a healthy. Sure. If it, if it goes down and up, it means my parasympathetic system is working overtime and my adrenals are basically fried because I might be underfeeding for too long to be extra shredded or extra hardcore, extra adrenaline, but this will flip.

And then you crash. And the other side, if I get something like a virus, And then I get super sympathetic, meaning my HRV will be at 14 and my heart rate will be at 70. Then I know I'm sick acutely. So chronic versus acute. And then you are in the balance. You have to know your balance. But if you do this with like, I do that with thousands of patients.

So I'm not just doing this experiments on me. I don't do experiments with patients, but I see patients. and can see how to apply it. And doing this for 15 years gives me data to pull from because no one is the same. Therefore, also the nutritional concept I'm teaching dentists and students is. An umbrella above all the mindsets from lactin diet to carnival, to vegan, to fasting.

It's all included. But if you learn how to think in nutrients, you can do it as a vegan, all carnival. There's no need to get dogmatic about the nutritional concept. We just have to find the nuances or. Which tire is perfect for you? How do you feel and strive best? Because maybe you don't look like someone who needs to go on a keto diet.

You probably wouldn't strive for a long time. Right. I wouldn't say. And what is your HRV average night time? You probably know because you're wearing a ring. Yeah, absolutely. I'm more in around the 70s.  70s, 80s, that sort of range. But to your point, and especially for women of menstruating age, we'll see these different swings at different points throughout our cycle, especially, right?

And so to your point, it's always when I go through a menstruating, so the first week or so, that's the first time. tends to be my highest peak around my HRV, so then maybe I might get like 90s or what have you, but that's just an isolated first part of that week and very hormonally driven, and then I see a whole other slew of things throughout the rest of the cycle.

So it gets nuanced and it's in a reaction to those changes in hormones. Yes. And you also could use this data to know exactly when to pull back on training, when to eat more carbs. This is how I would use it. Okay. This is this phase. You should maybe not fast. Maybe you can do it in this phase. Oh, this phase needs definitely more carbohydrates because we need to support the parasympathetic nervous system.

Oh, this phase, we need to go a bit more paleo ish and less carbs and more fats. You can do that with that data, but you have to understand how And this is where it all comes in. And obviously this data can be wrong because you might have chronic stressors in your mouth that again, stresses everything. So this is another realm to be aware of.

You're totally getting me thinking because I have also, extending to the rest of the body, I have a lot of metal in my body in general. So I've got Which one? So I was in a car accident when I was 17. So I have metal in my arm, metal in my leg. I have, I do have from cavity, I think like two cavities when I was younger.

And so now I'm questioning the metal that might've been used in there. You have metal in your fillings? Well, it was, I have a lot of actually question marks on what might've been used for that filling, but so it's not a dark filling. So I'm hoping that it's, you know, kind of you approved, but.  If it's not a dark filling, it's usually composite, so don't worry about it.

Do you have a root canal? No. I don't have a root canal, but my husband has a root canal and he does have a dark filling, so you've gotten me all kinds of thoughts going right now. Oh,  and maybe ask your husband if he had his wisdom teeth pulled. He did. Maybe he has. He did. He has room to optimize your husband.

Oh, I'm gonna have to go to town on him right now.  Yeah.  Yeah, you have to feel free to send me his panoramic x ray. I just have a look and tell you. No,  you're amazing. That's incredible. Wow. No problem. That's what I'm here for. Well, thank you for all this information. It's incredible. And so, and I love the deep thought by which you're putting into these routines.

And we do just have two quick additional questions for you, just how you're managing your sleep. So this. Third one is what's on your nightstand or maybe extending to in your environment, any call outs that we might see, like, you know, ambience, lighting items, gadgets. No, actually, I'm very opposited. I don't use a lot of gadgets besides the ring and this one I wear at night, but in airplane mode, but we have, obviously we have it very dark.

I need it dark. I'm not wearing any stuff on my eyes, but we have, what is this dark, um, to make it dark the room like the blackout shades, maybe blackout shades. We have, we have blackout shades. I actually need to optimize. I think my, um, the bed I'm lying on, like the mattress, I think it's really, it's really not optimized because I,  I don't know.

I feel it's, it could be better. It's not, no metal in there, obviously, but I think this could be all my, maybe my pillow, but besides this is really, really spartan in our room. So great. I think the only thing we have actually, um, when we go out, there's, we have a, yeah. We have a device that is plugged in  as it's an automatic mode and it has a sensor you walk by and then there's a red light going on in order to go peeing or something because it doesn't disrupt your sleep. 

It's a friend of mine who has created it. You just plug it in or actually the other one is auto is with battery. You can stick it somewhere. And it just follows you and goes off again, and it never disrupts. Love it.  I'm obsessed with those. I travel with these red motion lights and they're like red motion light.

That's what it is.  Totally. I think they're amazing.  I was wearing, I was wearing for a long time. I was wearing the glasses, the blue light blockers. Sure. But  I could never find a difference in anything, sleep wise, et cetera, nothing measurable or nothing to feel. So I think I'm not too light sensitive. Yeah.

Um, but I'm, like I said, I'm hot sensitive, so that's why cold is my biggest one. Oh, the cold. And do you do the eight sleep or chilly sleep? No, I have never. I have never tried these things. I think they're not a big thing in Europe yet. Okay. In Germany. Totally. I don't even know if they're there. But this would be something I'm actually interested in because again, I like it very cold.

So right now it's zero degrees outside. If it would be me alone, I would sleep with open windows. Yeah. My wife, obviously my wife needs it not as cold, so we have to manage. But if there's like a mattress that cools me from below, I think I could get another 30 minutes extra on deep sleep. Ooh, maybe we can get you, get one sent over to you.

I'll see what we can do. Please.  So good. Oh my gosh. It's so funny. I was a digital nomad. My husband and I for like three years, we're in Southeast Asia, Thailand, Bali, what have you. So for a while I was actively like avoiding getting any of those because I, in my brain, I didn't want to get dependent on them.

And if I'm traveling, right, all that stuff, eventually I did. cave and get them and now they're like my favorite thing and that is the only problem when you do travel you miss them so much they're incredible it's so good yeah it is so good and you will see the difference on your ring for sure so every client we work with they all are wearing the oar ring.

And so we've got hundreds and hundreds of people on our dashboard, so we get to see the individual things that can really move the needle. And certainly we need to start adding more tags in there for the dentistry piece than we have been doing. We do a lot with airways and upper airway resistance syndrome and sleep apnea and what have you, but there's a missing in some of the things that you're pointing to that we need to delve into.

But we do certainly see with things like those cooling mattress toppers, it can be a very quick change, like an overnight change.  marker. So I think you'd be interested. So cool. So okay, then our last question would be so far, you know, up until this moment, which I'm clear, you're a curious mind and always improving things.

So this answer might change down the road. But for right now, what would you say has made the biggest change to your sleep game or said another way biggest aha moment in managing your sleep? Yeah. I think actually the biggest change was the, the, the cool, the coolness, the cold,  but this was by accident  because I was trying everything and I actually had a problem with deep sleep.

Yeah. So my REM sleep is always like two hours or something is very high and, and deep sleep was always, in my opinion, I never, I never felt bad or something in the morning. I was just trying to get it better. I don't know. I thought it's important. You know how it is. Totally. Yeah. Yeah.  So, and it was sometimes only 30 minutes and I thought it should be at least an hour or something.

And then by accident, I was walking around outside with a friend on a, on a phone call barefoot and was super cold. And I was like, super cold, just went to bed and like my deep sleep tripled. I was like, what? And I had to test it again. So I did this, I did showering and everything and continuously an hour plus.

And I tried everything like, you know, glycine will lower your body temperature. It doesn't matter for me. It doesn't, it doesn't move the needle at all. I recommend it a lot for patients because it moves the needle for some.  Also for me,  I have to take supplements and everything that is supposed to help you sleep in the morning.

I cannot do magnesium and stuff in the evening. It wakes me up. I need to take it in the morning. After working out and things, because I think it's just too fast for me, I quite big detoxes. I think  that for magnesium, for example,  I will probably be already like working through it when I need it to be like,  Not yet activated.

It's  too fast. So that's why I might be, I might be awake again because obviously magnesium is not just giving you sleep. It's also activating detoxification and things. So I do it in the morning, like after training. Perfect. If I do it pre, if I do it pre bed or at dinner. No sleep. It will tank my sleep.

So it's really paradox.  So there's this,  it's really individual has to move. And again, it's depending on your nervous system where you're standing at and what you're doing right now. For a lot of people, magnesium is the killer. It's perfect. Or melatonin for me does nothing for sleep.  I love melatonin for other things like the antioxidant, the gut health, the mitochondria, the higher doses, even the suppositories. 

Not for sleep, because I, I always pass out in the minute anyways, I don't need to fall asleep. No problem here. Yeah. So, this means again, if you have like kids in your, in your room, you, you need to be really good sleeper. Yes. So, I'm really good. I found out over time. My personal perfect sleep is about seven hours of sleep, 645, seven hours  round about 20 percent REM and 20 percent deep sleep.

And I'm 100 percent I'm always fresh. REM sometimes goes a bit higher, but I can also happen to have two and a half hours deep sleep. But I think I'm only looking at trends anyways. I'm always looking at a month or a year time because I'm not interested in that 100 percent once once every three months.

Um, state, I like to have a readiness study, for example, if I have a year of 80, that's awesome. Totally. Uh, well, I so appreciate that you do this work. I wish that all doctors that are spending the time and, you know, in surgery and doing these things that are just so important, we're really prioritizing the things that you're prioritizing.

It just makes such a difference for your performance. Ugh. For my performance, yes, but I also, my belief is that we are doctors to help heal patients. Therefore, I believe that I have to be in a surplus of energy and can help them with all the things I do. I can help them get better and better. So I'm always just a step ahead in my health journey.

To give it back. And I always say every single patient that comes in is on that same journey and will help another person by healing himself. And the same thing goes for all my dental trainees or students that I have. We start with ourselves first. We have to be an X Men dentist first.  a health Avenger, and then we can help.

And then we also feel, and then we get that moral obligation. If you feel what changes, you can never come back. It's so big. You can never come back. If you see our patients change just by taking out one root canal on the chair, Yeah. Like measurable. It's insane. You cannot imagine it. It's just insane. Oh my God.

Your husband, your husband. I know. I gotta get on him. He's, he's got, he's gonna have an earful now. Thank you.  Amazing. Wow. I so, so appreciate just your curiosity, your thought. First for this information and then sharing it to the masses to your point. It just is such a domino effect. So I so so appreciate this and I definitely want to share for the listener.

How can they follow you? What are the best steps? Tell us everything. Yeah, thank you. So the easiest to follow me is probably Instagram and your Instagram is great. Go ahead. Yeah. Dr. Dom one. Doc. D O M e one. Maybe have it in the show notes. Totally. And then there's a link.  Um, to a tab bio and a couple of links where you find my clinic, the DNA health and aesthetics in Germany, the optimal health lounge, the other companies I'm having, and tons of podcasts I've done.

My book, it's called it's all in your mouth will be linked there. So you find, I think this is like a funnel to find the whole bio dentistry, Dr. Dom universe. And I'm trying to just make it bigger and bigger and bigger to get more eyeballs to see it because this is my mission. I want to help patients get as healthy as possible.

I'm basically the doctor I would have needed 20 years ago. A cool doctor that knows what he's talking about, that I can trust, that also has the skills, but don't come from like a high stand, but also is like quite approachable, but just tells you, okay, in this information age, there's so much information.

You don't read so much, do this, this and this, this, this gets you the fastest results from A to B. That's what I think. And then work in co elevation mode with all the other wolves in the health sector because everyone has their specialty. And then we align and build something huge. That's at least the idea I have.

Health Avengers is what I call it. Health Avengers! If the Health Avengers will exist at one point, I work on it. I have dips on Thor. I'm Thor. You are totally Thor. All right. Yes. You've already coined that for sure.  Well, Thor slash Dom, I so appreciate you. This is fantastic. And yes, we'll get all that information in the show notes for anyone listening.

Please make sure you follow him, especially and certainly on Instagram. I highly suggest you become one of my new favorite people to follow. Tons of information. I've got to keep digging on all that resources that you're putting out there. And just thank you for your time, energy, and the mission that you're on.

So just grateful to be a part of that. Thank you so much for having me. Yeah. And for spreading the word about optimal health starting in the mouth. Fantastic.  You've been listening to the sleep as a skill podcast, the top podcast for people who want to take their sleep skills to the next level. Every Monday I send out the sleep obsessions newsletter, which aims to be one of the most obsessive newsletters on the planet.

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