Sleep Apnea Treatment for the Fairfax Community
- Daytime drowsiness
- Falling asleep at inappropriate times
- Sudden waking, choking, coughing, or gasping?
It’s time to get a handle on the problem and experience: The Rest of Your Life.
About 20 million Americans suffer from these symptoms caused by sleep apnea. Many people don’t even know they have a problem, so they live day in and day out, feeling tired, irritable, and forgetful. Medical doctors prescribe a CPAP, but it doesn’t work for everyone.
If you snore, you may or may not have sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, you probably snore. Let us explain.
While you sleep, oral structures can relax and partially block your airway. When this happens, your breath vibrates loose tissues as it is forced in and out of the body. Snoring is the sound produced by the vibrations.
Sleep apnea literally means that you stop breathing while you sleep. Instead of partial blockage, relaxed or improperly positioned oral structures completely block your airway. In many cases, sleep apnea sufferers stop breathing for periods of 10 seconds or longer, and this happens repeatedly throughout the night.
When your brain senses oxygen deficiency, it alerts your body to wake up and take a breath. Some people wake up just enough to disrupt deep, REM sleep, while others awake fully and quickly, choking or gasping for air.
Without sufficient REM sleep, the human body and brain simply don’t function at a high level.
Fortunately, we can help.
A Dental Appliance for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is often caused when the lower jaw relaxes, then soft tissues in the throat move in front of the airway. As a dentist, we understand the anatomy of oral structures, including the jaw (mandible). Our sleep apnea and snoring patients have found great success with oral appliances that hold the lower jaw slightly forward, and helps prevent airway blockage.
- We offer a safe and effective sleep appliance for those suffering from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
- The oral appliance resembles a sports mouth guard, and is comfortable to wear.
- The easy-to-wear sleep appliance is actually an alternative to the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) treatment option.
- The sleep apnea mouth guard keeps the airway open so that you can sleep comfortably with no disruptions.
We look forward to helping you for the REST of your life. Please call for an appointment with Dr. Riaz Rayek at 703-691-5247.
If you would like more information on snoring and/or sleep apnea, please contact Smiles at Fairfax Corner today. We serve all of Fairfax, VA and are ready to treat your sleep apnea.