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Did you know that about 90% of people with sleep apnea haven’t been diagnosed? If you have sleep apnea, one of the only ways to officially diagnose it is to have a sleep study. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help you deal with sleep apnea—and our dentist may help.

Sleep apnea happens when your airway become obstructed while you’re sleeping. Often, either your tongue or muscles from the roof of your mouth block your airway. When this happens, your body will wake you up. Ultimately, you may wake up hundreds of times every night. As you can probably guess, this can lead to difficulty sleeping and trouble focusing during the day.  

Fortunately, there are many different things you can do to cope with sleep apnea. For instance, you could find that a CPAP machine is the best option for you. However, our dentist can offer you a few alternative options, such as using a custom oral appliance. These appliances are typically considered quieter, easier to put on, easier to travel with, more comfortable, and easier to maintain than a CPAP machine.

These oral appliances are made to fit comfortably in your mouth. Generally, these appliances are mouthguards. If you use these custom mouthguards at night, your mouth and jaw will be held open. Because your mouth is held open, you’ll be able to sleep comfortably again. Furthermore, because of your mouthguard, you’ll be able to stop snoring and should be able to sleep through the night.

Do you worry that you have sleep apnea? Would you like to learn more about how our team can help you recognize this issue? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact our Allure Dental team in Lafayette, Indiana at 765-477-0331 to set up an appointment with Dr. Murray or Dr. Mazur. We look forward to hearing from you soon!