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Do you sometimes wake up still feeling exhausted? Have you ever been told that you snore or make other noises while you sleep? Do you wake up frequently during the night? If so, you could be dealing with a serious condition known as sleep apnea. While you may have heard of this condition, did you know that a dentist may be able to help you address it?

Our team may actually be the first to recognize the signs of sleep apnea. You see, many dentists are trained to recognize some of the most common signs of sleep apnea, such as dry mouth. Furthermore, since many individuals visit their dentist once every six months, dentists have more opportunities to notice these signs than other doctors.

There are a few options you can consider for addressing the different types of sleep apnea. For instance, custom-made appliances may help you reposition your jaw and tongue, improving airflow and preventing your mouth from becoming obstructed while you sleep. These appliances are easy to wear and remove, and only need to be worn while you’re sleeping. They are also often covered by insurance companies.

Would you like to learn more about the different types of sleep apnea? Do you have more questions about how the different types of mouthguards could benefit you? If so, we invite you to contact Carolyn L. Yu, DDS by calling 510.974.2147. Dr. Carolyn Yu and our team will be happy to examine your smile, address any questions you have, and offer you individualized advice. We’re eager to meet with you!