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Silver Lake Dental
580 5th Avenue NW
New Brighton, Minnesota 55112
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Saturday by Appointment
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Sleep Apnea affects a large portion of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area patients. It is estimated that up to 50% of adults have some snoring disorder such as sleep apnea. At our practice in New Brighton, Minnesota, a host of solutions are available including Snore Guard®.
Some may underrate the seriousness of problems such as snoring and sleep apnea. Disrupted sleep on an ongoing basis can lead to relationship problems and affect the physical well being for both the snorer and the partner alike. Snoring not only robs you of the rest you need, it also robs those closest to you. You both wake up tired, and often feel irritable and sluggish during the day.
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When you're asleep, the muscles and soft tissues in your throat and mouth automatically relax. The lower jaw and tongue drop back, helping block and decrease the airway opening. This results in an increase in the velocity of air flowing through your airway when your breathe. The increased velocity causes soft tissues in your mouth and throat to vibrate. That familiar snoring sound is actually the sound of those tissues vibrating.
In its most severe form, the collapse of the upper airway is so complete that the lungs may not receive oxygen for up to 30 seconds. This is called "Obstructive Sleep Apnea", a problem keeping many Minnesota lights on at night. In response to the deprivation of oxygen, your body triggers an internal alarm and you partially wake. This is usually accompanied by loud gasps for air that can last 3 seconds or more, until you fall asleep and the cycle starts all over again.
Snoring is also affected by diet, health, lifestyle, age, weight, environment, and other factors.
If you are interested in additional information on sleep apnea, contact our Minneapolis/St. Paul area office.
For more information visit Snoreguard.com
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