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  1. Sleep Apnea Symptoms

    WebMD provides an overview of sleep apnea symptoms.

  2. Sleep Apnea Treatments

    Learn about the various treatment options for sleep apnea.

  3. Mouth Devices for Sleep Apnea

    WebMD describes the different types of mouth devices used to treat sleep apnea including CPAP and mouth guards.

  4. Apnea, Sleep

    Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by temporary,recurrent interruptions of breathing (respiration) during sleep. Symptoms of this disorder include periodic wakefulness during the night,excessive sleepiness during the day,and loud snoring during sleep. People with this disorder are frequently overweight. Diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea can avoid serious medical problems ...

  5. Sleep Apnea

    Learn more from WebMD about sleep apnea, a disruptive and potentially dangerous sleep disorder.

  6. Obstructive Sleep Apnea: 5 Self-Care Strategies

    Getting medical treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is important, but it’s not the only way to improve OSA symptoms. These are the five self-care strategies most often recommend by experts.

  7. Sleep Apnea Tests and Diagnosis

    If you have symptoms of sleep apnea, your doctor may ask you to have a sleep study. Here's what to expect.

  8. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a machine that helps a person who has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) breathe more easily during sleep. A CPAP machine increases air pressure in your throat so that your airway does not collapse when you breathe in. Your using CPAP may also help your bed partner sleep better.You use CPAP at home every night while you sleep. The CPAP machine has a mask ..

  9. Sleep Apnea: Oral Devices - Topic Overview

    Oral devices (also called oral appliances or mandibular repositioning devices) are sometimes used to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). They push the tongue and jaw forward, which makes the airway larger and improves airflow. This also decreases the chance that tissue will collapse and narrow the airway when you breathe in. See a picture of a mandibular repositioning device (MRD).Oral breathing devices are sometimes a reasonable alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Although oral breathing devices generally do not work as well as CPAP, they may be considered for people who:1, 2Have mild or moderate sleep apnea.Prefer not to use or who have failed CPAP treatment.Had surgery that did not work.Tried behavioral changes that did not work.Are at a healthy weight.Choose a dentist or orthodontist who has experience fitting these devices. And go back to your dentist for regular check-ups to make sure the device still fits well.Oral breathing devices can improve sleep

  10. Causes of Snoring and Sleep Apnea - Topic Overview

    Enlarged tissues in the nose,mouth,or throat can block the airway,causing snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The airway can be blocked by: Enlarged tonsils and adenoids (the most common cause of sleep apnea in children). A larger-than-normal uvula (the small,finger-shaped piece of tissue that hangs down from the roof of the mouth into the throat). See a picture of the tonsils,...

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