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Sleep apnea is a very common sleep disorder that affects many people even though they may be unaware of it. Those who suffer from this malady are habitually tired and lethargic even though they appear to be getting an adequate amount of sleep. The fatigue is due to the oxygen deprivation that occurs during the night. If you suffer from this sleep disorder, a dentist may be able to help you regain your sleep and your overall health. Call Dental Associates of Northern Virginia in Fair Oaks to schedule your appointment with a dentist skilled in treating sleep apnea.
How Does Oxygen Deprivation Occur with This Sleep Disorder?
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that leaves people gasping for air during sleep. During your waking hours, your throat muscles are tense and stiff, so your airway remains open and allows the free flow of air through your trachea. When you sleep, your throat muscles relax and the airflow through your trachea can be dramatically reduced, so your body responds by waking you so that airflow can resume. Most people don’t know that they are waking from sleep, but they will feel unusually tired the next day.
How Would I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?
If you get a full night’s sleep but wake to feel groggy, exhausted, and feeling like you may be catching the flu, it may be the result of your sleep disorder. Additional sleep apnea symptoms include:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Frequent or loud snoring
- Waking because you’re gasping or choking
- Intermittent breathing during sleep
- Waking with a sore throat or dry mouth in the morning
- Waking with a headache in the morning
If you experience any, most or all of these symptoms, then call our Fairfax office and schedule an appointment. We can help you, so don’t continue to suffer needlessly.
What Are Some Sleep Apnea Causes?
This sleep disorder primarily affects males over 40, but it can affect anyone at any age. However, there are additional causes, such as:
- Genetic predisposition
- Neck size that’s more than 16 inches
Sometimes, simple lifestyle changes, such as weight loss or side sleeping, can make a dramatic difference in this disorder. Other times, you may need an appliance, surgery or another treatment, depending on the frequency and severity of your sleep disorder. Your dentist can recommend the best treatment regimen for your unique needs, so call us today and schedule an appointment to treat your sleep apnea in our Fairfax office.
What’s the Best Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Your treatment regimen will depend on the severity of your disorder. If you have a mild case, then weight loss and side sleeping may be the first recommendation. If that isn’t effective, then your dentist will determine which oral appliance for sleep apnea is the best for your situation. These appliances work by maintaining your tongue and jaw in proper alignment while you sleep, which will keep your trachea open and allow you to breathe. During your appointment, our dentist will evaluate your sleep disorder and recommend the best oral appliance for sleep apnea for your unique needs.
Which Type of Oral Appliance Will Be Used for My Sleep Disorder?
Similar to a sports mouthguard or orthodontic retainer, a sleep apnea mouthpiece is worn when you’re asleep not when you’re awake. It keeps your airway open by repositioning your tongue and jaw, so you’re able to sleep through the night without gasping, choking, snoring or jerking awake. If you think an appliance of this type might help with your sleep disorder, call our Fairfax office to schedule a consultation. Don’t continue to suffer, call us.
Is an Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea in Fairfax Very Costly?
The cost of your sleep apnea mouth guard will be unique to you because it’s a custom-made appliance. Factors that will influence the cost include the type of device that you need, any medical insurance coverage that you have, and any dental benefits that might apply. For more detailed information, contact our office or your plan provider. After a thorough examination, the dentist will be able to recommend a device for your situation and go over the costs with you. We may be able to offer flexible financing or you may be eligible for a dental discount plan, but contact our office for more information.
Are There Benefits to Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy, or OAT, is used frequently to treat sleep disorders and they can improve your overall quality of life. When you sleep better, your physical, mental and oral health all improve as well. Our appliances are easy to use, they’re non-invasive, they’re portable and convenient, and we can help you fit them into your budget. If you’d like to learn more about appliance therapy, then call our Fairfax office today. We’d love to help you regain your good health and get the sleep that you need, so call us.
Will My Insurance Cover Oral Appliance Therapy?
The best source of information for insurance plan benefits is always your provider. However, many insurance plans provide benefits for most or all of the cost of your device, so call your provider to determine your benefits and then call our office to schedule an appointment. Sometimes,
Sleep disorders are serious health concerns, so don’t procrastinate because you think yours is probably not too important. Sleep deprivation is a common side effect of sleep apnea and it’s serious. Lack of adequate sleep can impair your judgment, which is particularly serious if you drive or operate equipment. It can also cause daytime drowsiness so that you’re not alert, and your overall health can suffer. Over time the effects of sleep depravation get worse, impacting your ability to work or engage in other activities.
Call Dental Associates of Northern Virginia in Fair Oaks today at (703) 596-0875 if you suffer from this disorder and let us help you. Our dental professionals are skilled in providing effective solutions in the Fairfax area for this type of sleep disorder, and we look forward to working with you and restoring your good health and your good sleep.