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Do you make odd sounds when you sleep? Do you find yourself constantly tired, or find yourself wakening up tired? If you do, you may have sleep apnea. Generally, this condition is caused because your airway becomes obstructed, either by sagging muscles in the throat or by your tongue. Sadly, if you suffer from sleep apnea, you could stop breathing hundreds of times in a single night.

Still, we have good news: Your dentist can help. Based on your needs, he or she may be able to adjust the position of your jaw or create a custom dental appliances designed to prevent your airway from being blocked. Furthermore, your dentist can recommend a specialist if necessary.

Luckily, there may be something you can do to reduce the risk of sleep apnea or to stop sleep apnea entirely. For example, nicotine can cause the muscles in your throat to relax, which can cause them to sag and block your airway. Alcohol and other sedatives can have a similar effect. While there may not be anything you can do for sedatives, you may be able to stop drinking and smoking and notice an improvement..

Sadly, sometimes there is nothing you can do to prevent sleep apnea. For example, Men are more likely to have sleep apnea than women are, especially men who have a family history with sleep apnea. Similarly, if you are born with a small airway, you may be more prone to sleep apnea.

If you are interested in learning more about sleep apnea—or about what you can do to prevent this condition, please feel free to contact us soon. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.