Sleep apnea is a growing health concern that affects millions of Americans. Too often underdiagnosed, sleep apnea is linked to a range of health concerns and should be treated as soon as possible. Many patients are unaware that their dentist could offer sleep apnea treatment that could protect them from further damage to their oral and overall health.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the flow of oxygen is cut-off from the body. Commonly caused by the over the relaxation of the soft tissues in the oral cavity, sleep apnea prevents the patient from breathing normally during sleep.
Ask your dentist, Dr. Datta Malyavantham, about sleep apnea treatment.
Anyone can develop sleep apnea. Men over 40 are most likely to develop the condition. Obese patients and patients with large neck circumferences are also at a higher risk of developing sleep apnea.
If you snore loudly, wake repeatedly during the night gasping for air, or wake with headaches, you may have sleep apnea. There are many signs and symptoms that could indicate you or your partner have sleep apnea. If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a consultation with our Sterling or Reston, VA dentist office.
Signs you may have Sleep Apnea
- Groggy or sleepiness during the day
- Persistent dry mouth
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Morning headaches
- Difficulty focusing
- Restless sleep
What Your Dentist Can Do For Sleep Apnea
Dr. Datta offers an alternative to traditional CPAP sleep machines commonly used to treat sleep apnea. Dr. Datta uses custom fit oral sleep appliance therapy to help patients get a restful nights sleep while preventing further damage caused by sleep apnea.
A custom fit oral sleep appliance is comfortable, discreet, and easy to travel with. Similar to a mouthguard, the sleep appliance helps to realign the jaw and to keep the airway open during sleep. many patients prefer an oral sleep appliance over the bulkier and cumbersome CPAP machine.
Schedule An Appointment
If you are concerned that you may have a sleep disorder, schedule a visit with us to discuss your symptoms and evaluate your risk. We can coordinate with your general physician to conduct a sleep study and diagnose your condition before recommending the most appropriate treatment.