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Treatments & Services

The most common therapy for a sleep disorder is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), a simple but effective procedure for keeping the airway open during sleep.

The CPAP device is a shoe box-size air compressor with an air pump and filter. The units can be rented or purchased at medical supply stores for use at home. The patient wears a CPAP which blows pressured air through a tube. The pressure keeps the airway propped open but doesn't interfere with breathing in and out.

Another treatment option is an oral appliance that the patient wears to bed. The custom-fitted mouthpiece forces an under bite that opens up space behind the tongue to clear the airway. Surgery to remove excess tissue or enlarged tonsils that constrict breathing also may be beneficial for some patients.

The bottom line is that if you're not sleeping well, talk to your doctor about the Holland Hospital Sleep Center. Sleeping disorders such as Sleep Apnea should be diagnosed and treated early to avoid more serious heart problems later in life.

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Holland Hospital Sleep Center
(616) 355-3863