Urszula Firlik, DDS | Sleep Apnea in Belmont

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URSZULA FIRLIK, DDS

6225 West River Drive NE, Belmont, MI 49306

(616) 361 - 0603

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Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway of a person   
c
ompletely collapses while sleeping, blocking airflow into the   
lungs. The obstruction persists until the brain partially awakens
the person. Unconsciously, the person will close her jaw, returning
the tongue and throat to their normal positions.

The person returns to sleep, but the airway will collapse again,
and   the person will reawaken.  A pattern of obstruction and     awakening can repeat itself 50 or more times per hour. Often
this condition (sleep apnea) is indicated by snoring.
 

The concern is that when the airway is blocked, the person does
not receive enough oxygen to her brain. Oxygen deprivation can
trigger severe health problems, such as damage to the cardiovascular system. It also often results in chronic fatigue.

To counteract snoring and/or sleep apnea, we can create a simple appliance for many people that will hold the jaw in a position to maintain an open airway. This reduces snoring and improves breathing while a person sleeps.  

Some people use CPAP, a machine that acts as a breathing aid, to treat sleep apnea.  However, a CPAP device can be cumbersome, bothersome, and expensive.  For many people, an appliance is a better solution.

If you think that you or a family member might have sleep apnea, call our office today to see if we can help you find a solution to this unhealthy condition. If you already use CPAP, speak with us about using an appliance as a better alternative.

We'd like to help you avoid serious health problems from sleep apnea, and to get a better night's sleep!

 


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