Sleep Apnea Northern, VA

Sleep Apnea An Overview

Dr. Datta Malyavantham and the team of dental professionals at Ridgetop Dental take a comprehensive approach to your oral health care. During your visits with us we take the time to understand the condition of not only your teeth and gums, but to discuss your overall health and any concerns that may be impacted by your dental health.

Although most patients do not think of the dentist when it comes to overall health concerns, there are many medical conditions affected by the health and function of the occlusal system, including sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. Characterized by frequent loud snoring, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea, caused by collapsing soft tissue at the back of throat that blocks the airway. This blockage repeatedly stops the flow of oxygen to the brain and major organs, affecting your overall health and raising the risk of heart attack and stroke.

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Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Feeling groggy or sleepy during the day
  • Persistent dry mouth in the morning
  • Snoring or gasping for air during sleep
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restless sleep, sudden waking

If you or a family member snore or are experiencing any of the above symptoms, discuss them at your next visit. Your dentist can work with you to determine if you have a sleep disorder and improve your quality of life with effective treatment.

Sleep Apnea What to Expect

Ridgetop Dental offers personalized care and treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. Although the CPAP is still considered the “gold standard” of care for OSA, patient compliance is often low due to discomfort, inconvenience and embarrassment often caused when using the bulky machine.

For many patients, oral appliance therapy provides easy, comfortable treatment that is portable and allows you to speak and drink fluids while in place. Dr. Datta will custom fit your oral appliance to effectively reposition the jaw and soft tissues to prevent the collapse that blocks normal breathing. Oral appliances for sleep apnea fit much like a sports mouth guard and patients are more likely to use it on a regular basis, the key to reducing symptoms and health risks associated with sleep apnea.

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.

Why choose Ridgetop Dental?