Sleep apnea is a growing health concern in the U.S. today and largely goes undiagnosed. A progressive and serious condition, sleep apnea should be treated as soon as possible to prevent further health complications.
Sleep Apnea, What You Need To Know
Those who suffer from sleep apnea repeatedly stop breathing during sleep because of a blockage in the airway. Soft tissue in the back of the mouth or throat collapses, blocking the airway and restricting oxygen flow. Patients with sleep apnea may snore loudly or repeatedly wake during their sleep gasping for air.
Sleep Apnea Risk Factors
While anyone is at risk of developing sleep apnea there are certain risk factors that make patients more susceptible to sleep apnea.
- Over 40
- Large neck circumference
Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
If you notice any changes in your oral health or any of the following signs or symptoms be sure to alert Dr. Sareen at your next dentist office visit.
- Frequent headaches, especially in the morning
- Wake to gasp for air
- Chronic fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
Sleep Apnea & Systemic Health
Left untreated, sleep apnea can begin to take a toll on a patients health. Early diagnosis can help patients avoid complex systemic conditions. Sleep apnea leads to an increased risk of:
- Heart attack
- Cardiovascular disease
Treating Sleep Apnea
Fairfax, VA dentist Dr. Deepti Sareen helps patients find comfortable, convenient treatment options to alleviate the symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea. For many patients making lifestyle changes can help reduce or even eliminate snoring, a common sign a patient has sleep apnea. Dr. Sareen may offer personalized suggestions for lifestyle changes to help patients reduce snoring. Some lifestyle changes could include adjusting your sleeping position, reducing or avoiding alcohol or sedatives before bedtime, and losing or maintaining a healthy weight.
Patients may also benefit from a custom fit oral sleep appliance. Dr. Sareen uses 3D scanning and digital technology to create a custom fit sleep appliance. Similar to a sports mouthguard, the oral sleep appliance realigns the jaw to keep the airway open while the patient is sleeping. The device is discreet and comfortable to wear. The oral sleep appliance is less cumbersome than a traditional CPAP machine patient compliance tends to be higher.
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To learn more about innovative treatment options for sleep apnea offered by East Market Dental, contact our office to schedule a personalized consultation. We welcome new patients from communities around Fairfax, Centreville, Chantilly and Reston, VA. To request a consultation, call our office at (703) 291-0198, or request an appointment online today.