If you or a bed partner suffer from sleep apnea, the solution to your troubles could lie with a small, custom-made oral appliance. By wearing one at night, you may be able to keep your airway open and prevent the lapses in breathing associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Oral appliance therapy also provides an excellent alternative for those who do not like their CPAP machine or may be CPAP intolerant.
To learn more about oral appliance therapy and how dentistry can actually help you sleep better, contact us today.
Sleep apnea is a nationwide epidemic, affecting an estimated 1 in 5 adults. Many suffer from the condition undiagnosed and unaware that they live with a dangerous, yet treatable disease. People with sleep apnea stop breathing for short periods during sleep, causing their bodies to wake up partially to breathe. These small awakenings interrupt the sleep cycle, preventing truly restful sleep. In OSA, the pauses in breathing are due to soft tissues in the mouth, such as the tongue or palate, that overrelax during sleep and obstruct the airway.
How can you know if you suffer from sleep apnea? Common symptoms include:
If you or someone you know has these symptoms, please schedule an appointment for a screening and consultation. The sooner you receive an official diagnosis, the sooner you can begin sleep apnea therapy in Tysons Corner and Potomac and reclaim your nightly rest.
Untreated sleep apnea is more than an annoyance that causes you to be tired. It can exacerbate other conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and depression. In fact, it may even cause a number of serious health problems, including heart attack, stroke, and excessive weight gain. Sleep deprivation can also slow down your reaction times, putting you at a greater risk of accidents when you are driving. It’s not an exaggeration to say that untreated sleep apnea can be lethal!
DreamSleep is a network that unites specially trained physicians, technicians, dentists, and medical and dental teams, making it easy for patients to find effective sleep apnea therapy from providers they can trust. As more medical and dental practices are starting to offer sleep apnea therapy with only dubious claims of training and education on the subject, finding a provider that is in the DreamSleep network is a great way to ensure the treatment you receive is performed by skilled practitioners with extensive training in central and obstructive sleep apnea. In short, choosing a DreamSleep certified provider, like our caring dentist and team, to offer your sleep apnea diagnosis, treatment planning, and ongoing maintenance care gives you peace of mind, knowing you’re working with the best possible team.
We are pleased to announce that our office has joined the DreamSleep network for sleep apnea treatment providers. DreamSleep Certification means every member of our sleep team has received intensive training on sleep medicine, oral appliance therapy, and collaboration with physicians for testing and diagnosis.
The good news is that many cases qualify for a comfortable and convenient oral appliance instead of a CPAP. It’s a small device worn in the mouth that positions the jaw to allow for unobstructed airflow, allowing uninterrupted, deep, and restful sleep. For people who already have a CPAP, some cases qualify for switching to oral appliance therapy. Please contact your sleep dentist in Tysons Corner & Potomac to learn more.
To learn more please call our office.