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Phoebe Ochman, Director of Communications for Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America, manages all content and communications for the company.

Is a CPAP Pillow Necessary?

August 27, 2014

Let’s be honest with one another. When it comes to the avoidance of things we don’t particularly like to do, we come up with all kinds of excuses. It doesn’t matter if we have the knowledge and know full well that something is good for us. We stop and don’t go. Instead of exercising, we […]

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What Disrupts Sleep When You Have Fibromyalgia?

August 20, 2014

Here’s a sobering and scary statistic. It is currently estimated that close to 6 million Americans have fibromyalgia. This condition is defined as chronic muscle, joint and tendon pain throughout a sufferer’s entire body. If overall body pain wasn’t bad enough, fibromyalgia also produces symptoms of fatigue, trigger points and many develop a sleep disorder.If […]

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Deadly Signs of Sleep Deprivation

July 02, 2014

Do you constantly stare at your computer screen but your fingers don’t connect with the keyboard? Do you find yourself forgetting where you put your car keys, or walk into a room to retrieve an item you need but can’t recall what said item is or why you want it? Or have you safely arrived […]

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Caffeine Abstinence

June 23, 2014

These days there seems to be a Starbucks on almost every corner, and if not another type of coffee establishment. Then there is the astonishing increase in the number of energy drinks on the shelves starting with Red Bull. Why might that be? Well today’s society is fast-paced with the ever-changing technology and we need […]

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What is a STOP BANG Questionnaire?

June 11, 2014

It seems that every morning you wake up with a headache that tends to disappear after a couple of hours. Then you’ve noticed, or more accurately your significant other, that you wake up a number of times in the wee hours of the night gasping for air. And to top it all off, you think […]

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Sleep paralysis

Do You Suffer from Sleep Paralysis?

June 09, 2014

Why, oh why do you keep having the same dream in which you are starring in a remake of Hitchcock’s “The Birds?” Birds are flying every which way. Attacking your head, arms, legs and even your eyes! You try swatting them away but you can’t move a muscle. Nothing works, and then you wake up […]

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Tips on Decreasing CPAP Side Effects

June 04, 2014

Avoidance is your middle name. Especially when it relates to your health. You hate going to the doctor. But you were given an ultimatum. Either go to the doctor or else your wife of 25 years would be making you sleep permanently on the couch. Reason? She couldn’t take your snoring any more so off […]

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Are There Any Celebrities with Sleep Apnea?

June 01, 2014

When faced with illnesses that disrupt our lives, it is helpful to know that you aren’t alone. Especially when well-known public figures or celebrities also suffer from these self-same conditions and illnesses. It would be helpful to identify with an individual in the limelight going through what you are facing day in and day out. […]

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Does Alcohol Hurt or Help Sleep Quality?

May 03, 2014

Joseph has had a rough day at work. From employee squabbles in the break room to delayed order shipments, he needed to put out fires at every step and turn. Joseph is looking forward to unwinding and de-stressing after dinner with a nice glass or two of brandy. But as he reaches for the bottle […]

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How Does Tongue Position Affect Sleep Apnea?

April 21, 2014

For the majority of people who suffer from sleep apnea, the cause is an obstruction of the airway. With obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), this blockage results in the stoppage of breathing from mere seconds to minutes. But what actually causes the blockage? Blockage can be due to the nasal airway, palate and the tongue. In […]

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Can You Eat for Better Sleep?

April 19, 2014

It’s pretty much common sense. If you want to get a good night of sleep, you know to avoid spicy Cajun Chicken, a double shot of espresso in your late afternoon coffee, and you forego a vodka tonic with dinner. But on the flip side, can you eat for better sleep? You bet. It is […]

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Can Preemies Suffer From Sleep Apnea?

April 17, 2014

Forty weeks is the milestone to reach for a full-term and healthy pregnancy. But unfortunately, sometimes Mother Nature has other ideas and the bundle of joy arrives earlier than expected. Depending on the week of birth, premature babies or preemies are at risk for a number of health concerns from respiratory trouble to jaundice to […]

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Sleep Fun Facts: What You Never Knew

April 12, 2014

Sleep can be a serious topic, especially, when you toss and turn all night and don’t wake up refreshed and raring to go in the morning. But sleep can be a happy topic too. Read on for some sleep fun facts. Perhaps you might discover something that you never knew. Sleep Fun Facts What is […]

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Butekyno breathing

What is the Butekyno Breathing Method?

April 07, 2014

Whether awareness was raised in movies, TV or from personal, first-hand experience, most of us are familiar with Lamaze or patterned breathing during labor of a child. But what about another breathing method, which is touted to help combat various medical conditions from lupus to chronic fatigue syndrome to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? What is […]

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Can Sleep Apnea Cause Anxiety?

March 31, 2014

Think about it: How scary is the idea that you or a loved one stops breathing on numerous occasions throughout the night? Ceasing to breathe might cause you to feel as though you are suffocating. It would be totally understandably that you might feel anxious. So then the $64,000 question is: Can sleep apnea cause […]

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Is Too Much Sleep Bad for You?

March 29, 2014

Too much ice cream can give you a stomachache (and pack on extra pounds). Too much alcohol can get you in all kinds of trouble. And yet too much exercise, while making you sore, is not as bad as the other examples. So where does sleep fit in? Is too much sleep bad for you? […]

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What is a Sleep Apnea Implant?

March 26, 2014

Ah! Too be able to snore no more. That would be a wonderful thing. Then and only then, might you be allowed to return to your side of the marital bed, and not be camped out night after night on the couch in the family room. Is it possible? You heard some chatter while waiting […]

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Can Nasal Strips Help Sleep Apnea?

March 16, 2014

At some point in time in our lives, we have all had a head cold with its accompanying nasal congestion. Sometimes the congestion can get so bad that snoring ensues. The majority of us take decongestants to help ease breathing, and others use nasal strips (picture a Band-Aid that is placed across your nose) to […]

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Tips to Help a Bedwetter

March 15, 2014

Picture this scene: It’s spring break and the family is about to embark on a much-needed family vacation. For weeks, everyone has been excited with anticipation to sail away on a Disney Cruise ship. But on the morning you are scheduled to leave, your 8-year-old son wakes up with a frown on his face and […]

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History of Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

March 13, 2014

It wasn’t long ago that the majority of treatment for cardiovascular disease was very invasive open heart surgery. But with time and research, procedures for treating the heart, and most other diseases, have changed and adapted—all for the better. The key has been creating new techniques that are minimally invasive and less painful, with a […]

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World Sleep Day

Where Will You Celebrate World Sleep Day?

March 12, 2014

Mark  your calendar. All across the globe, people will be celebrating World Sleep Day on Friday, March 14, 2014. This annual event is dedicated to raising awareness about important issues and concerns related to sleep. So just where will you celebrate World Sleep Day? What is World Sleep Day All About? Occurring on the Friday […]

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Tips on CPAP Upkeep

March 10, 2014

Like clockwork, Daniel brings in his car for an oil change following the manufacturer’s guidelines every 5,000 miles. He gets his teeth checked and cleaned every 6 months. And he changes the filters in his home every 60 days to make sure that the heat and air conditioning operate without a glitch. Daniel takes care […]

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What is Waking Email Apnea?

March 09, 2014

If you or a loved one wake up on a regular basis in the middle of the night gasping for air or trying to catch a breath then you are somewhat familiar with sleep apnea. This condition is defined as pauses in breathing throughout the course of a night’s sleep due to an obstruction. In […]

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What is the Pillar Procedure?

March 08, 2014

Rat-a-tat-tat! Like a jackhammer! Deafening roar like a rocket ship taking off into space! On any given night, your snoring can run the gamut of these sounds. What can you do to stop snoring?  You are willing to try anything so that you are not forced to sleep on the couch in the family room […]

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Can a Patch Diagnose Sleep Apnea?

March 02, 2014

The medical community is always looking at ways to help raise awareness about sleep apnea, which is defined as the cessation of breathing during sleep due to an obstruction. It is estimated that 80 percent of sleep apnea sufferers are actually not diagnosed and have not sought treatment. The concern comes from the fact that […]

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When is a Second Sleep Study Necessary?

February 24, 2014

For years, you made do with a couple of hours a sleep a night. In addition, you snored like a banshee. The tipping point of seeking out a diagnosis and treatment for your sleep problem was when you fell asleep babysitting your infant grandchild. Nothing bad happened, but it could have. And thus, the very […]

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What You Need to Know about Sleepwalking

February 23, 2014

Zombies, Frankenstein, Dracula…characters from horror movies and television that can cause young and old alike to have nightmares. But what if you woke up in the middle of the night to witness your loved one, walking around the bedroom with his or her hands outstretched like a zombie? Could it be a ready-made scary movie […]

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Tip the Energy Scale with Sleep

February 22, 2014

When the ball dropped in Times Square, as the age-old tradition of ringing in 2014, it also commemorated the start of moving forward with your new year’s resolutions. You have lost weight watching what you eat. And you have consistently been heading out to the gym for weight training twice a week and walking on […]

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What Are the Keys to Restorative Sleep?

February 19, 2014

Think about the difference in your day when you get a good night of sleep versus a night where you spend every hour tossing and turning. When you are well-rested you are a wonderful human being to be around and when not, well…you are lucky your family, friends and colleagues like you so much. It […]

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Are Herbal Sleep Aids Safe?

February 15, 2014

You crave sleep. Despite your valiant efforts, nothing seems to help or do the trick. The effects of insomnia are constantly chasing you down: You can’t fall asleep, you can’t stay asleep. What can you do? Your physician volunteered to write you a prescription for a small quantity of sleeping pills. But even for a […]

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What Are Night Leg Cramps?

February 13, 2014

Ever get a charley horse in the middle of the night in your calf? It hurts! The pain can be excruciating and wake you up from sound sleep or even be bothersome at night while you are actually awake. Hence, these involuntary pains are collectively known as night leg cramps (or nocturnal leg cramps). Where […]

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Snoring: How Deep Do You Really Sleep?

February 09, 2014

Fade in to the following scene: Julie is staring at the clock for the third night in a row at 2 a.m. Why? She doesn’t have any issues sleeping. However, the same cannot be said for Bob, her husband. Julie has repeatedly elbowed her loving spouse in the middle of the night and not because […]

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Can Sleep Apnea Cause Death?

February 05, 2014

At some point in time during your childhood, you learned about death. Whether a relative passed or a beloved family pet, you started to fear death. You actually even believed that when you went to sleep, come morning you might not wake up. Thankfully, as you got older the fear went away but now it […]

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Are There Three Types of Sleep Apnea?

February 04, 2014

We all probably know someone who snores, which in turn, is the classic symptom of the most common type of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). With OSA, there is an anatomical reason for the breathing problem while a person sleeps. Not as easy to detect or as prevalent is a second form, or central […]

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Is Sleep Apnea Hereditary?

January 29, 2014

Ocean blue eyes inherited from your maternal grandmother, check. Roman curve to your nose from your paternal grandfather and dimples from mom, check and check. Yes, most of your physical traits can be traced back in your family tree, but what about aspects that might not be apparent, such as gasping for air in the […]

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Sexsomnia: Sex While Asleep

January 26, 2014

Doink, doink. The unmistakable sound effect that begins an episode of “Law and Order: SVU,” which is quickly followed by the following opening line: “In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known […]

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Can the Phases of the Moon Disrupt Your Sleep?

January 18, 2014

Back in the day, horror films depicted men morphing into werewolves with the rising of the full moon. Then there are also the jokes that depict all kinds of shenanigans and lunacy occurring when the phase of the moon is fully illuminated. Putting aside the creature feature films and the punchlines, the question still is: […]

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Can You Learn While You Sleep?

January 15, 2014

You confess. You have always been a procrastinator. Many a day and night would be spent at the last minute studying for any number of final exams. You often thought to yourself, “How great would it be if I could put my textbooks under my pillow and will the information into my brain by diffusion […]

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Do You Sleep Text?

January 11, 2014

In this day and age, who doesn’t sleep with their cell phone close by on their nightstand? Almost a unanimous show of raised hands. We are ever plugged in, checking for new texts, emails, Facebook updates, or something exciting coming through on Twitter. As a result of our love for all techno gadgets, a new […]

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Can Apps Help You Sleep?

January 07, 2014

Can’t remember what life was like when our society was not connected to smartphones and most other technological gadgets? It seems that we are plugged in so much at times that we have lost the ability to unwind and de-stress at the end of the day. It will come as no surprise that experts say […]

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Survey Said? Exercise and Sleep Are a Match

Survey Said? Exercise and Sleep Are a Match

December 29, 2013

Exercise and Sleep Do you spend time at the CrossFit gym? Take Zumba® or BodyPump classes? Or perhaps run 3 miles per day? You exercise to stay healthy but whatever you do to break a sweat also seems to help you sleep better. In the National Sleep Foundation annual survey, 1,000 people were polled to […]

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Be Wary of Prescription Sleep Medication

December 23, 2013

Counting sheep is not doing the trick. Soothing and meditative sounds could easily be heavy metal music for all the good they’re doing in trying to help you sleep. You are at your wit’s end and finally decide to make an appointment with your primary care physician to get something—anything—to help you sleep. After filling […]

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How to Avoid Jet Lag

December 22, 2013

It is slated to be the trip of a lifetime! Years of saving and planning for a whirlwind two weeks spent in Berlin and the surrounding countryside of Germany. You want nothing to stand in your way of enjoying each and every moment. For sure, you don’t want to put your head down on a […]

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Can a Tonsillectomy Correct Sleep Apnea?

December 21, 2013

I scream, you scream, we all scream, for ice cream. Well at least it is a welcome aspect of the recovery process when one of the most prevalent surgeries is performed. Current statistics clock approximately 500,000 people undergoing this procedure every year. Inevitably, we all know someone who has or will have a tonsillectomy. For […]

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What are the Pros and Cons of Oral Appliances vs. CPAP?

December 19, 2013

Ah, Sleep apnea. Several years ago, your primary care physician ordered a sleep study after you reached the brick wall. You were sick of dealing with chronic fatigue, irritability, poor concentration and snoring that was deafening. The result that came back: a diagnosis of moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which you learned caused frequent episodes […]

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Tips on Travelling with Your CPAP Machine

December 17, 2013

It is a human trait. People come up with all kinds of excuses when it comes to why they don’t do the things that are good for them, such as exercising, eating healthy, and throwing out their cigarettes. Yes, despite the fact that the above practices will make you feel better and improve your overall […]

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What is Restless Legs Syndrome?

December 15, 2013

Jiggling your leg constantly throughout the day? Can’t sit still? While you were growing up, did your teachers and parents strongly encourage you to stop lest you develop St. Vitus Dance? All kidding aside, if you actually experienced an uncontrollable urge to move your legs when you put your head down on the pillow or […]

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Top 5 Tips for CPAP Users: How to Avoid the Pitfalls

December 14, 2013

You recently learned that you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which basically means that you stop breathing a number of times during the night. The disease is caused by an obstruction in your airway and your doctor recommended continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. This treatment is touted to get you much-needed rest and oxygen […]

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What Does Yawning Tell You?

December 12, 2013

Question: What do fetuses, Koko (the gorilla), non-autistic children and your bestie all have in common? Answer: The overwhelming ability to involuntarily yawn. Growing up, we were all told that it was impolite to yawn without covering one’s mouth with our hands (unless we were in utero at 11 weeks when we started, as evidence […]

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1,000th Innovative Treatment Performed to Cure Sleep Apnea

1,000th Innovative Treatment Performed to Cure Sleep Apnea

December 06, 2013

1,000th Innovative Treatment Performed to Cure Sleep Apnea By Boston Globe This month, Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America (SATCOA) reached a milestone by performing its 1,000th treatment to cure sleep apnea. With multiple locations across the country, the company offers an innovative, in-office treatment option to the nearly 18 million Americans who suffer with sleep apnea. This […]

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5 Tips to Better Sleep

December 01, 2013

Tossing and turning? Up and watching the clock as the minutes click away from getting a good night of sleep? Lack of quality sleep can turn a normally happy-go-lucky, upbeat person into a crotchety grouch who everyone steers clear of throughout the day. Of course, on occasion, we have all been there before: stress, family […]

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Pros and Cons of Napping

November 24, 2013

Remember back when you were a youngster, or when the kids were toddlers and naps were a daily occurrence? Naps for the young can be a godsend and help turn short-fused, crying kids into rejuvenated and restored little human beings. But as adults, can naps be similarly beneficial? The Positives of Napping Experts advise that […]

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How to Turn Your Bedroom into a Sleep Haven

November 19, 2013

Sleep hygiene is defined as the habit and/or  practice that allows you to sleep well on a regular basis. And of course, key to having sweet dreams. It’s not a myth. Regular and consistent sleep is important for overall health but what can you do to insure that this occurs? Good news. There are quite […]

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How to Treat Sleep Apnea Naturally

November 14, 2013

Bamboo sheets, free-range eggs and reverse osmosis water: if you adhere to an environmentally friendly lifestyle practice, these three items are familiar. So what can you do if you have sleep apnea and would like to treat your condition naturally? The good news is that there are sleep apnea natural remedies but the bad news […]

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Sleep Apnea: Gender Differences and Similarities

November 09, 2013

Whether you are a man or a woman, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can cause many a sleepless night and affect everyday activities during daylight hours. Depending on the severity of your sleep apnea and no matter your gender, breathing is interrupted throughout sleep to the tune of hundreds of instances. Each time a person has […]

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  • Make Sleep a Priority in 2016

    Dec 30, 2015
    You say you want to bring in the New Year with a positive life change that will benefit you and your health. One of the most beneficial resolutions to your overall health is changing your sleep habits. For years you have heard that sleep is important, but have you really executed a plan to make […]

    Living With Panic Disorder and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Dec 17, 2015
    The sun is shining and the sky is blue. Keeping the top down on your convertible is a foregone conclusion. But wait, your palms become clammy, your heart starts to race, you can’t quite catch your breath and you have a sense of unexplainable danger. What is wrong? You might have just experienced a panic […]

    Somniphobia: Can People be Too Scared to Sleep?

    Nov 04, 2015
    You are addicted. You admit it. You can’t seem to get enough of the hit TV shows American Horror Story or The Walking Dead. After binge watching for 6 hours, you have finally unlocked somniphobia. But somniphobia isn’t just about getting to the end of a new series. Somniphobia is something real to people who […]

    Incidence of Gout Double for Sleep Apnea Sufferers

    Oct 29, 2015
    A recent study out of the UK has shown risk of developing gout was up to 60% higher among patients with sleep apnea versus individuals without sleep apnea. Gout is a complex form of arthritis that causes the body to make an excess of uric acid causing pain at the base of the joints. Sleep […]
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    Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America was founded for the sole purpose of providing superior sleep solutions for our patients to improve their overall quality of life.

    We seek to gain a thorough understanding of each patient’s sleep disorder and individual medical needs in order to provide the best care and treatment solutions available to effectively treat their sleep condition.
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    We offer a unique and comprehensive form of sleep apnea treatment that effectively seeks to cure sleep apnea over the course of an average of 6 treatments.

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