Sleep Apnea

Just For Your Smile

Cosmetic Dentists & Prosthodontists located in Tysons Corner, Vienna, VA & Potomac Village, Potomac, MD

Over 18 million American adults deal with sleep apnea, according to the National Sleep Foundation. If you’re dealing with the disruption and challenges of sleep apnea, the highly qualified dentists at Just For Your Smile have solutions at two locations in Tysons Corner in Vienna, Virginia, and Potomac Village in Potomac, Maryland. They provide patient education, intraoral devices and nightguards, and many other options to help you improve and treat your sleep apnea. With the right treatments, you can achieve blissful, refreshing sleep. Schedule an appointment online or call Just For Your Smile today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

If you have sleep apnea, your breathing repeatedly stops and starts while you sleep. Sleep apnea has different types and affects some people more severely than others.

Obstructive sleep apnea

With obstructive sleep apnea, your throat muscles, such as your soft palate and tongue, temporarily relax. This narrows or closes your airway and affects your breathing.

Without enough air supply, the amount of oxygen in your blood can decrease. Your brain quickly jolts you awake from sleep so you can open your airway. You might be unaware of these sleep disruptions, and they typically happen from five to 30 times an hour or more.

Central sleep apnea

With central sleep apnea, there’s a problem with the communication between your brain and the muscles that control your breathing.

Complex sleep apnea 

You have complex sleep apnea if you have both central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea.

What causes sleep apnea?

It isn’t clear what causes sleep apnea, and several factors might play a role, such as:

  • Smoking
  • Aging
  • Alcohol and sedatives
  • Allergies and nasal congestion
  • Obesity
  • A narrowed airway

If you’re dealing with sleep apnea, you should visit Just For Your Smile for an evaluation and treatment.

How is sleep apnea treated?

Just For Your Smile provides several treatments to help you manage sleep apnea. Practice dentist Sam Osseiran, DDS, MA, MAGD, also created his own successful treatment for sleep apnea.

You start with a thorough examination of your tongue, teeth, jaw, and airway, and any necessary testing, such as digital X-rays.

Just For Your Smile provides patient education on healthy lifestyle changes and intraoral devices that fit into your mouth, like an orthodontic retainer or a sports mouthguard. You typically wear your sleep apnea appliance at night. Most intraoral appliances help you maintain an open upper airway by supporting your jaw in a forward position.

Your dentist customizes intraoral devices using physical or digital impressions or models of your teeth. The models are usually sent to a special dental lab, where a lab technician constructs your appliance. You return to Just For Your Smile for your fitting, and you’ll also need follow-up visits to assess how your treatment is working.

Every provider at Just For Your Smile is also certified with the DreamSleep network. They have completed intensive training on sleep medicine, oral appliance therapy, and collaboration with physicians for the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of sleep apnea. They can also help you submit to your medical insurance.

To learn more about how you can manage sleep apnea and improve your quality of life, call Just For Your Smile or book online today.