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How To Deal With Sleep Apnea

A serious condition that some doctors overlook that can affect other health problems is sleep apnea. Dr. Avi Weisfogel has been treating sleep apnea patients in his dental practice for some time now and helped many achieve good results. Some might find it hard to believe that a dentist can do anything to help people with this condition, but it is true.

When you consider what causes sleep apnea, it should become crystal clear why the correct oral appliance can make a difference. You see, sleep apnea is often the result of a blocked airway that originates in the back of the throat. The soft tissue located there often relaxes after a person goes to sleep and under the right conditions can block air from passing into the lungs. A well designed and properly fitted oral appliance can keep this from happening.

Dr. Avi Weisfogel has a network of other experienced dentists to work with, and together they help patients achieve the results they want. Breathing better during sleep, without frequently being jolted awake or snoring loudly provides a better night’s sleep, and that is good for one’s overall health.

Without a proper night’s sleep, blood pressure levels often go higher. Insulin resistance has also been seen in some diabetics. Wouldn’t it be nice to find something to reduce insulin resistance and lower blood pressure without adding another medication? Well, that is possible when sleep apnea is treated properly.

Here are some other things sleep apnea sufferers can do to help prevent the effects of this condition.

• Choose to sleep on one side rather than on your back because gravity soft tissue and your tongue to drop down and block the airway.
• If you have trouble staying on your side and roll over onto your back during the night, try sewing a pocket onto your pajama tops and put a tennis ball in it to make it uncomfortable to roll over. An alternative solution is filling a pillow with tennis balls and placing that behind your back.
• Use a foam wedge or cervical pillow to elevate your upper body. You can also elevate the head of the bed as much as six inches to prevent that soft tissue issue.
• Use breathing strips or nasal sprays to keep the nasal passages open at night.
• Keep your mouth shut during sleep by chewing gum or clenching your teeth together a few minutes before going to bed. This will tighten muscles in the jaw that keep your mouth shut.

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