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Sleep Apnea

Sleeping well at night is essential to maintaining your overall health. It is the best way to help you relax and unwind after a long day. Some people may not be getting their fair share of sleep due to sleep-related breathing disorders which lead to the recurrent reduction in the airflow to the respiratory system. This is caused when the soft tissues near the back of the throat collapse while you sleep. This partially closes the windpipe and causes the tissues to vibrate as air passes through them, and in turn, lead to snoring.

Snoring loudly can disturb the person sleeping next to you, and although the snorer seems to be sleeping peacefully, it may not actually be the case. Chronic loud snoring could be a symptom of sleep apnea which is a disorder caused due to blockage of the upper airway, leading to reduced airflow in the lungs.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious condition and could become a cause for heart issues and other health problems. One should watch out for the following symptoms:

  • Irritability
  • Excessive tiredness during the day
  • Poor memory
  • Morning headaches
  • Night sweats
  • Obesity
  • Elevated blood pressure levels

You may be wondering how a dentist can help you get relief from this problem. Sleep apnea or snoring can sometimes be treated with the use of an oral appliance that has been designed to keep the lower jaw in a forward direction while you sleep. When the jaw is repositioned in this way, it causes the tongue to move away from the back of the throat and decreases the potential for obstruction of the airway. This dental treatment for sleep apnea is backed by scientific evidence and is an excellent remedy to try before more complex breathing devices or surgery.

Only an experienced dentist can fabricate, fit, adjust, treat and monitor conditions associated with Oral Appliance Therapy used in managing sleep apnea and snoring disorder. If you or someone you know is suffering from sleep apnea, please contact our office at (301) 200-8804.

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