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How To Classify Sleep Apnea: When Snoring Is No Longer Normal

Sometimes snoring is not normal and can actually lead to signs and symptoms of sleep apnea.

One of the biggest complaints we hear in our office is, “What can you do about my husband/wife/partner’s snoring?  They sleep like a baby… but not me!!!”  Sometimes, there is nothing harder on a relationship than being the reason your partner doesn’t get any sleep.  Most people write it off as just a bad habit, like biting their nails or cracking their knuckles; but this frustration inducing sound can sometimes be a sign of something much more serious. That's right, this harmless, yet annoying, "bad habit" can be a sign of something a bit more ominous… Sleep Apnea.  While sleep apnea can sound a bit scary, and is certainly something to ...

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My Child Grinds Their Teeth At Night: What To Know And When To Worry

Does your child or toddler grind their teeth while asleep? Here is what you should know.

One of the most common questions that I get asked by parents is if their child grinding their teeth at night is worrisome.  Grinding occurs when someone forcefully rubs the surfaces of their teeth together (either consciously or unconsciously) and creates a type of gritty noise (usually quite loudly).  Many parents state to me that the noise can be so loud that they can hear it in another room and this of course concerns them that the child is actually damaging their mouth and teeth. It is also important for parents to know that, while the noise can certainly be unmistakable, it is possible for children to silently grind their ...

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