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 your teeth and gums. We also discuss your overall health and any concerns that may be impacted by your dental health.
Most patients don’t think of the dentist when it comes to their 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. It’s caused by soft tissue collapsing at the back of your throat, blocking 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.
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
Restless sleep, sudden waking
Many patients go undiagnosed for too long since sleep apnea is a sleep disorder, and they may not even know they have it. 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
If you have concerns about the quality sleep you are getting, it may be time to seek professional help. 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 carefully fabricate your oral appliance to the specifications of your mouth 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 mouthguard and patients are more likely to use it on a regular basis, the key to reducing symptoms and health risks associated with sleep apnea.
Without treatment, sleep apnea can lead to many health complications that will impact your quality life including an increased risk for heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure and heart arrhythmia. It has also been shown to be associated with type 2 diabetes and depression.
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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.
Snoring is caused by vibrations of soft tissue in your airway. During sleep, the muscles and soft tissue in the back of your esophagus become relaxed and vibrate as air passes, partially obstructing your airway. Snoring becomes louder as airflow becomes more difficult.
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.
It is not likely that your sleep apnea will go away on its own. If you have very mild symptoms, you can curve and alleviate your sleep apnea at home. Although, you will need medical intervention if you have been living with sleep apnea for some time. It doesn’t hurt to get tested as soon as possible.
Why choose Ridgetop Dental?
Ridgetop Dental is your dental home in Northern VA for complete and comprehensive oral health care. Led by Dr. Datta Malyavantham, our team is committed to helping patients achieve their dental health goals through personalized care.
From routine dental care and general dentistry to treatment options for complex dental problems, including missing teeth, our two convenient office locations strive to meet your needs, your goals and your budget. Our focus is on the long term maintenance of a comfortable, functional smile that provides confidence and the best possible quality of life.