Sleep Apnea Treatment - Burke, VA

Sleep Apnea Treatment - Burke, VaRevive Dental Arts take a comprehensive approach to your dental care, taking into consideration oral health-related concerns that can also affect your overall health and well-being. Sleep disorders, especially sleep apnea, have been diagnosed at an increasing rate and can often be treated effectively with oral appliance therapy at our practice. We are proud to be recognized as a leading provider of sleep apnea treatment in Burke.  

According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, around 22 million people suffer from sleep apnea. Characterized by loud snoring, sleep disorders can also lead to an increased risk for cardiovascular and systemic disease, including heart attack and stroke, and many other health complications that can impact the quality of life.

As your dentist, we have an in-depth understanding of the entire occlusal system and function of the facial structure. We can work with you on an individual basis to determine your risk factors for a sleep disorder and discuss your symptoms.

Identifying both the type of sleep disorder you may be suffering from as well as the underlying cause or risk factors is the key to providing effective care and improving your health.

Types of Sleep Apnea

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) - This is the most common kind of sleep apnea, and occurs when the muscles in your throat relax and block your airways while you sleep.  This kind of sleep apnea is most often characterized by snoring.
  • Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) - Less common than OSA, this kind of sleep apnea results when your brain fails to send the correct signals to the muscles that control your breathing.  It often occurs as the result of heart failure or stroke.
  • Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome - This condition occurs when sleep apnea involves both the OSA and CSA type of apnea.  It’s both neurological and physical.

Causes of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can be caused by a variety of different factors.  These causes can range from neurological issues to genetic factors, or even physical contributors like weight or malformed sinuses.

Common causes include:

  • Nasal or sinus congestion
  • Weak muscles in the neck or throat
  • Colds and allergies
  • Swollen tonsils
  • Obesity
  • Thyroid conditions

Some factors can be more serious.  If you believe you might be struggling with sleep apnea, speak to your provider and get a professional diagnosis.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can sometimes be difficult to diagnose because many of the symptoms overlap.  Multiple overlapping symptoms may make determining the kind of apnea you have troublesome which is why it’s important for you to get a professional’s opinion.

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud, persistent snoring
  • Paused breathing during sleep
  • Gasping for breath while sleeping
  • Morning dry mouth
  • Headaches after waking
  • Insomnia
  • Daily fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Lack of focus

This list isn’t all-inclusive, but if you have one or a combination of these symptoms regularly, be sure to make an appointment with our office.

Who Is At Risk for Sleep Apnea?

Certain people are more at risk than others for developing sleep apnea.  It can be a genetic issue, environmental, or lifestyle-related.

At-risk individuals include:

  • Smokers - Cigarettes are bad for your lung, mouth, and throat health and those who smoke are at a higher risk for developing sleep apnea.
  • Obesity - Being overweight can cause the physical narrowing of your airways, especially while laying down.
  • Drugs or alcohol - Anything that can cause your muscles to relax such as sedatives or a cocktail can cause an increased risk of sleep apnea.
  • Family history - If you have a relative with sleep apnea, you may be more prone to the condition than those without.
  • Anatomical features - Some people are simply born with physical characteristics that may make them more prone to sleep apnea such as the position of their jaws, neck, or tongue.

What Sleep Apnea Treatments Are Available?

Traditional treatments involve a CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine. This device stops your airway from collapsing on each inhale with a steady stream of air pressure. The air is delivered through a face mask attached to a hose connecting you to the machine.

Because a CPAP machine and face mask are uncomfortable for many sleep apnea sufferers, our dental team also treats OSA with oral appliances. These mouth guards are often a comfortable alternative for mild to moderate OSA sufferers, and help reduce the air pressure required with a CPAP for severe OSA patients. The appliance moves your jaw forward, opening your airway enough that your tongue and palate cannot meet.  Oral appliances remove the need for a face mask for most patients, and you don’t have to worry about transporting a CPAP machine if you travel frequently.

Another potential treatment for mild sleep apnea involves Botox® injections in the soft palate, which prevents heavy snoring that can lead to airway obstruction.

Contact Our Burke Sleep Apnea Professionals

Revive Dental Arts has experience helping patients with more than just their teeth.  Our Burke sleep apnea doctors have extensive experience helping individuals find relief from sleep apnea.  To start sleeping better and feeling better, make an appointment today.

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