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Category Archives: Sleep Apnea

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 […]


Can Sleep Apnea Cause Mental Health Issues?

It is well established that obstructive sleep apnea can create many medical issues. It has been associated with a higher incidence of hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and obesity. Less well understood is the correlation between obstructive sleep apnea and mental health issues. Compared with patients not diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, a […]


Does Sleep Apnea Make Me Gain Weight?

For a long time, we have known that there was a correlation between sleep apnea and weight gain. Patients with sleep apnea tend to have “centripetal” weight gain meaning weight gain in the face, neck, and belly.It was believed that weight gain caused the sleep apnea and the patients were told to lose weight to […]




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Sleep ENT Doctors and Sleep Dentist Often Work Together to Treat Snoring and Sleep Apnea

What is the difference between snoring and Sleep Apnea First off, let’s define snoring and sleep apnea. Snoring is resistance to airflow through the upper airway creating vibration and noise production. Sleep apnea is the same condition except for the resistance to airflow is intermittently severe enough to create cessation of airflow (apnea).  The obstructive […]


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