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Do you suffer from sleep apnea? Do you know anyone who does? Would you be surprised to learn that several people don’t realize they’re suffering from sleep apnea? In fact, some estimates believe that 90% of individuals with sleep apnea haven’t been diagnosed. Fortunately, there are a few signs you can watch for—and a few things you can do to deal with the problem.

While this is a problem, do you know exactly what sleep apnea is? Essentially, sleep apnea is caused by a blockage in your airway while you sleep. Generally, this blockage is caused when your tongue or muscles droop into your airway. This is problematic because when your airway is obstructed, you may stop breathing.

Fortunately, there are quite a few options you can consider if you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, your dentist can create a customized device that will keep your airway open. This device will let you sleep comfortably and is easy to keep clean. Still, depending on your unique needs, our dentist could recommend a different treatment.

If you wake up tired consistently or frequently have a sore throat, we recommend contacting our team so Dr. Param Gill can give you specific advice. If you are interested in learning more, or would like to schedule an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to give Country Club Dental a call at 209.451.2848. We’re excited to hear from you soon!