Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Arlington, VA
Sleep apnea is estimated to be very underdiagnosed, with as many as 80% of sleep apnea sufferers being completely unaware that sleep apnea is causing their problems. Sleep apnea can lead to chronic fatigue, as well as a range of other issues that can have a big effect on your life. If you’re ready to treat your sleep apnea or find a better treatment method, please get in touch with our friendly front office team today!Contact Us
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax too much during sleep and end up blocking the airway. When this happens, the patient must wake up just enough to continue breathing, which disrupts the sleep cycle. Patients who suffer from sleep apnea often feel tired every day, even if they got plenty of sleep the night before. Sleep apnea can cause a variety of symptoms that affect the patient’s overall quality of life and can even lead to high blood pressure and heart problems. In serious cases, sleep apnea can actually be fatal, which is why it’s important to seek treatment.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea can be difficult to diagnose, as many of the symptoms of sleep apnea can be attributed to other problems. The most common sleep apnea symptoms include:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Loud Snoring
- Waking up with a Dry Throat
- Waking up Choking or Gasping
- Frequent Headaches
- Mood Swings & Irritability
How is sleep apnea treated in a dental office?
There are a few different ways sleep apnea can be treated, including surgery and using a CPAP machine. For a less invasive and more convenient option, our office creates custom oral appliances that patients wear at night. These personalized mouthguards hold the jaw in a comfortable position that keeps the airway open all night, even when the muscles in the back of the throat relax. Whether you have recently completed a sleep study and are looking to treat your sleep apnea or you’re tired of using a CPAP machine every night, our team would be happy to create a custom mouthguard just for you.Schedule Appointment