Sleep Apnea Treatment
Non-Invasive Sleep Apnea Treatment in Alexandria, VA
Sleep apnea can go unnoticed by some patients, and in other cases, it affects your life almost every single day. If you are ready to get high-quality sleep and feel better when you’re awake, schedule a sleep apnea consultation with our knowledgeable team. We love helping patients treat their sleep apnea using affordable, non-invasive custom oral appliances!Contact Us
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax too much during sleep, which results in the airway being constricted. When this happens, the patient must wake up just enough to begin breathing again. These episodes can happen frequently throughout the night, which leads to a very poor quality of sleep, but patients are often unaware of what is happening. Our office creates custom oral appliances for sleep apnea that keep the airway open throughout the night, which decreases sleep apnea symptoms and allows the patient to breathe easily and sleep peacefully.
How do you know if you have sleep apnea?
The only way to know for sure if you have sleep apnea is by completing a sleep study. However, there are a few common symptoms that can indicate that patient may have sleep apnea, including:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Loud Snoring
- Waking up with a Dry Throat
- Waking up Choking or Gasping
- Frequent Headaches
- Mood Swings & Irritability
Do I have to seek treatment for my sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is estimated to be incredibly underdiagnosed, but that does not mean that it’s a small problem. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to a lower overall quality of life, but it can also lead to high blood pressure, heart problems, and even fatalities. Fortunately, there are a few different treatment options that patients can pursue. CPAP machines are a common treatment, but they are quite large and can be difficult to sleep with. Custom oral appliances among the most convenient, comfortable, and more cost-effective options.
Ready to speak with an experienced dentist in Alexandria who can treat sleep apnea? Contact our office today!Contact Us