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Are you familiar with what sleep apnea is and how it can be prevented? In order to improve your smile to allow your teeth and gums to continue to function effectively, underlying conditions and disorders will need to be treated properly. One common condition that can often affect your oral health is known as sleep apnea.

Several risk factors can increase the likelihood that sleep apnea will occur. If you have genetic markers for sleep apnea or a family history of the condition, it’s likely that you may suffer from it too. Furthermore, plaque plays a significant role in the development of it as well as your age and gender. Males over the age of 40 who are also overweight are most likely to suffer from sleep apnea. Furthermore, having large tonsils, a large tongue, or a nasal obstruction such as a deviated septum can make you likely to develop sleep apnea conditions in your life.

If you are suffering from sleep apnea, you’ll need to have it treated as soon as possible, as high blood pressure, stroke and even heart attacks can occur. Visit your dentist to determine if an oral appliance such as a CPAP device or surgery is required.

If you require sleep apnea treatments in Warwick, Rhode Island, MSL Surgery would love to assist you. For a thorough examination to determine which treatments will work best for you, you can set an appointment with Dr. Frank Paletta or Dr. Mo Banki by calling our dentist office at 401-739-5500.