Sleep Apnea

Get the good night’s sleep you deserve.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

You may be a sufferer and not even know it.
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At Virginia Dental Solutions, we understand the effect a good night’s sleep can have. If you have sleep apnea, our dentists can provide you with oral appliance therapy to help keep your airways open and help you rest better at night.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder marked by interruptions and pauses in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or collapsed tissues in the airway.

Untreated sleep apnea can contribute to several serious health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver problems.

How Can Our Experts Help?
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To begin, it is worth noting that sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep physician. However, we recommend that you talk to your dentist, as well as your doctor if you suffer from the symptoms of sleep apnea.

Common signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Extreme drowsiness during the day

  • Personality changes and irritability

  • Difficulty staying asleep

  • Snoring

  • Awakening with a very dry or sore throat

  • Frequent morning headaches

Sleep apnea treatment may depend on the severity of the condition. If you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, our dentist may recommend an oral appliance.

The oral appliance works to treat obstructive sleep apnea by fitting over your teeth and keeping your airway open while you sleep. It can work by preventing the tongue from blocking the air passage or by holding your jaw in a position that prevents airway blockages during sleep. For more information on sleep apnea treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our dental practice today. We are committed to helping you improve your health!

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