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Sleep Apnea: What You Should Know

Have you ever met someone with sleep apnea? If so, you probably know that individuals who are dealing with this problem tend to snore or make other strange sounds when they sleep. However, do you know exactly what sleep apnea is or what you could do about it?

Sadly, sleep apnea can be fairly hard to diagnose because it only occurs when you’re sleeping. However, there are a few symptoms you can watch for, including a strange snoring sound when you’re asleep. Other common symptoms include feeling exhausted when you wake up, having a difficult time focusing while you’re awake, high blood pressure, and moodiness.

If you have sleep apnea, you’ll wake up several times a night because your tongue or other muscles in your mouth obstruct your airway. Fortunately, a doctor may be able to help you avoid these problems, but did you know that our dentist can as well? In reality, dentists often recognize the issue first because dry mouth and enamel erosion can also be caused by sleep apnea. If you’re suffering from this issue, our team may recommend a custom oral appliance designed to keep your airway open. Fortunately, you’ll only have to wear this appliance when you sleep.

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