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Sleep apnea

Snoring can be annoying for roommates, but more importantly, it may be an indicator of a troublesome condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be a contributor to many health conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. Oxygen intake becomes inadequate during sleep as a result of this condition. OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) is a common condition, yet often goes undiagnosed and untreated; however, help is available. If you are disturbed by excessive snoring and possible obstructive sleep apnea, seek relief that begins with a discussion with the professionals at Cleveland Center for Integrative Dentistry.
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Snoring can be an indication of OSA

Snoring occurs when a person’s airway is obstructed in some way involving the tongue, upper throat, soft palate, or uvula. When a person is trying to breathe while sleeping, vibration occurs, and results in snoring. Sometimes, snoring is a result of the way a person’s airway is formed. Age and loss of muscle tone, as well as excessive weight can contribute to both snoring and OSA. A person can snore and not have obstructive sleep apnea. In addition to loud snoring, a person suffering from OSA will stop breathing for periods of ten seconds or more many times during sleep.

Treatment options for OSA

CCID works with certified sleep specialists to have this condition properly identified and to develop an effective treatment plan. Correction of this condition is vital to a patient’s overall health. Sometimes a patient will find relief through a device known as a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. In some cases, a patient is not able to tolerate this somewhat cumbersome device and will abandon treatment. In these instances, CCID can provide relief with a custom-designed dental appliance to adjust jaw alignment while sleeping.

If you are enduring restless nights, and long, tired days due to the impacts of snoring, contact CCID to schedule a consultation. Testing may be able to be performed in your own home for your comfort and convenience, as well as to obtain the most reliable results. Just one call can be the beginning of relief from your sleep apnea concerns.

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