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Sleep Apnea

People most prone to sleep apnea are those who are overweight, have a family history of the condition or have allergies or enlarged tonsils.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing and/or times of shallow breathing during sleep.  It can happen many times each night, resulting in daytime tiredness because of disruption of the normal sleep cycle.  Sleep apnea is often followed by loud snoring or a choking sound as breathing resumes.  

People most prone to sleep apnea are those who are overweight, have a family history of the condition, or have allergies or enlarged tonsils.  

One way to treat sleep apnea is to wear a mouth gaurd at night.  The purpose of this device is to gently push the lower jaw forward which prevents the tongue from blocking the main air passage.  This not only helps with sleep apnea, but also with snoring.  These dental devices often alleviate the problem so the patient does not require surgery.  

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276–258–5568