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Do You Snore? It May be Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

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If you snore, you are probably aware of it because someone else told you. Snoring might be known as a social problem, but it might also be a life-threatening disorder.  Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a medical condition that requires treatment by a physician. But what’s the difference between snoring and OSA? Here’s what you need to know about sleep dental care around Highland Park:


Snoring is so common, that as many as 50% of adults experience it.  The main cause is the vibration of respiratory structures, which occurs due to obstructed air movement.  However, the Uvula (the little piece of tissue that hangs in the back of your throat), an elongated soft palate, a large tongue or obstructions in the nasal area are all other common causes of snoring.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The percentage of adults who suffer from OSA is smaller than those who snore. One in 15 adults has at least moderate sleep apnea, while 1-3% of children suffer from it. However, of all the types of sleep apnea, OSA is the most common. It occurs when there is a physical blockage of air flow due to excess tissues, like large tonsils or a large tongue. The most common signs of OSA include, but not limited to loud snoring, low breathing, apneas (pauses of breathing during sleep), restless sleep, or waking up with a dry or sore throat. Risks of undiagnosed OSA include heart attack, stroke, irregular heartbeat, or high blood pressure.

Contact CB Smiles in Glenview

If you or a loved one is suffering from excessive snoring, they might have OSA and need sleep dental care around Highland Park. It can lead to other health problems as well as a poor sleep cycle. Contact Chicago Beautiful Smiles for an evaluation, and we can provide you with available treatment options. To learn more about OSA, please click here.

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