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Category Archives: Sleep Apnea

How Does CPAP Work?

You have probably heard of a CPAP machine before. Maybe a friend or family uses one, or you use one yourself. What is this machine and how does it work? CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This is a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): a disorder where a person experiences episodes of cessation […]


How do you diagnose sleep apnea?

You have probably heard of a condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Worldwide over 100 million individuals suffer from it. This occurs when the airway collapses at nighttime and the individual stops breathing. This puts stress on the heart and body and can increase risk for heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and shortened life […]


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Are allergies causing you to snore?

Spring is here, and as nature springs to life again you may start to notice those familiar signs that those annoying allergies are coming back. As if allergies aren’t bad enough to deal with during the day, they may also be causing you problems as you sleep, such as snoring and the even more serious […]


Does Alcohol Make Me Snore?

You may notice your partner complains of your snoring more when you’ve had a few alcoholic drinks. This happens due to the effects of alcohol on your muscles, blood supply, and respiratory drive. Alcohol is a depressant. This means that it slows down your brain and body because it acts mainly on the Central Nervous […]



What are the causes of sleep apnea?

If you snore and feel tired, even if you’ve had a full night’s sleep, you may be experiencing sleep apnea. It’s a potentially serious sleep disorder, so it’s important to see your doctor to be evaluated and get necessary testing if your doctor suspects sleep apnea. Read on to learn about the different types of […]


Is it Important to Fix a Deviated Septum?

The septum is the divider that separates the right and left nasal cavities. In fact, the word septum comes from the Greek word for divider. This structure is simple in design as it has a lining on each side and thin eggshell bone and cartilage in the middle layer. As the nose grows during puberty […]


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Mouth Breathing Can Cause Poor Quality Sleep

The nose and sinuses perform critical functions for your health and well being. The nose and sinuses provide filtration, humidification, and warming of the air you breathe. This conditioning of the air allows the throat, vocal cords, bronchial passages, and the lungs to remain warm and wet. It also allows for the removal of harmful […]


Is mouth breathing as a child related to obstructive sleep apnea as an adult?

This is an interesting question and the answer is yes. Mouth Breathing In Children Children may be a chronic mouth breather for many reasons: allergy, chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, enlarged adenoid, and enlarged tonsils are some common causes. When a child is a mouth breather when their face is developing […]


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Are Teeth Grinding and Snoring Related?

Many patients who have sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) also have teeth grinding issues and TMJ issues.  SDB can range from frequent loud snoring to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). They frequently report that they wear a mouth guard made by their dentist to reduce damage to their teeth. Why is managing snoring and sleep apnea critical to […]


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