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shutterstock_142452253Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a potentially life-threatening disorder in which a patient has one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while sleeping.

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, there may be a dental-based solution that can help treat it. Dr. Chen will consult with your diagnosing physician and conduct tests to investigate, diagnose, and pinpoint a suitable treatment.

Over time, the following OSA symptoms could occur:

  • Chronic snoring
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Repeated breathing interruptions
  • Irritability or personality change
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Lack of concentration
  • Short-term memory loss

Some of the other health risks from OSA include:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression

Treatments range from a sleep mask that helps open airways during sleep to dental devices that move the lower jaw forward slightly to prevent the tongue from blocking your main air passage while you sleep. Depending on your diagnosis and findings from discussions between Dr. Chen and your physician, a more permanent, surgical option may also be available.

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