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Are you familiar with the oral health risks associated with sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a common, yet serious condition in which your sleep is interrupted throughout the night. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your airways are restricted while you sleep. Central sleep apnea is a condition in which the signals from your brain do not reach the muscles in your chest that help you to breathe.

Understanding what is causing your sleep apnea, your potential risk for it, as well as its consequences, can play a key role in making sure you’re safe. If for any reason you’re suffering from sleep apnea or feel that you may be at risk of it, visit your dentist for the appropriate treatment.

People at risk for sleep apnea include males over the age of 40 or people who are overweight. People who have large tonsils, or a nasal obstruction, may also be at risk for from sleep apnea.
Treatments include:

– Adjustments to your sleeping routine which can include changes in your sleeping position.
– An oral appliance to help support your jaw and keep your airway open.
– Continuous positive air pressure devices, also known as CPAPs, can help improve breathing by opening your airway.
– Surgery

Are you in need of a dentist in Kingsport, Tennessee, for sleep apnea treatments? If so, our team at Kingsport Dentistry can assist you. Dr. J. Kenneth Carver and our team can give you a complete oral examination to help you with sleep apnea or other oral health care needs you may have. Our number is 423-247-5175.