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If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, which is a condition in which your breathing patterns are interrupted while you sleep, you should make an appointment see our dentist, Dr. L. C. Chilimigras.

Two common forms of sleep apnea are central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. Although central sleep apnea tends to be rarer, it is no less damaging to your body. Central sleep apnea is caused by the failure of signals from your brain to reach your chest muscles to help you breathe. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your airway is blocked. Sleep apnea can lead to problems with diabetes, as well as strokes and heart attacks. If you are overweight, or a man over 40, you are more likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Other risk factors include large tonsils, a large tongue, a family history of sleep apnea or a deviated septum.

To treat your sleep apnea, you will need to visit our dentist. You may need to change your sleeping position, or you may benefit from an appliance designed to move your jaw forward, and to help keep your airway unobstructed. Other treatment methods may include the use of a CPAP device, or in some cases, surgery.

Do you want to learn more about sleep apnea and its effects on your health? If so, please call 269-964-7660 to schedule an appointment at Lakeview Dental Care in Battle Creek, Michigan. Dr. Chilimigras and our expert team want to help you take charge of your future with a healthy smile and a healthy body!