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Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio on Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes the repeated disruption of breathing during sleep, depriving the brain and body of oxygen. If the disorder is not treated, then health problems such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, diabetes, depression, and ADHD can be exacerbated. If your sleep apnea is not severe, then changes including weight loss, altering your sleep position, and the avoidance of alcohol, sleeping pills, and smoking may be able to treat the disorder. For more severe sleep apnea, doctors may recommend the continuous positive airway pressure treatment (CPAP), which entails wearing a mask that supplies a flow of air to keep your airways open. If you have such issues as enlarged tonsils or an overbite that causes your sleep apnea, then surgery may be recommended to correct these issues. Lastly, it is possible to treat the disorder by using a specially made dental device to hold your airway open.

About the author: Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio is an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist based in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio offers various treatments for ENT problems, such as ear infections, swallowing issues, and sleep apnea.