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Do you make gasping, choking, or other troubling noises when you sleep? Do you find yourself waking up and struggling for breath occasionally? Or, do you wake up tired or with a sore throat often? If so, you could be dealing with sleep apnea.

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.

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.

Still, there are a few lifestyle decisions that can lead to sleep apnea—fortunately, things you can change. 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.

Would you like to learn more about what you can do to prevent or address sleep apnea? If you would, please feel free to contact us. We are excited to hear from you.