Sleep apnea means you stop breathing several times during the night, and impacts millions of adults in the United States each year. This severe sleep disorder, when left undiagnosed and untreated, may lead to severe health complications, including heart attack and stroke. Dr. Hulver offers sleep apnea treatment to help you sleep safely and comfortably.
If you or a loved one suffer from sleep apnea, or if you suspect sleep apnea, contact our dental office today to schedule an evaluation with our top dentist.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
If you suffer from sleep apnea, you may not have put the symptoms together, and one of the significant symptoms is not always noticeable, specifically snoring. If you sleep alone, you may not know you snore.
Other symptoms of sleep apnea include one or more of the following:
- Feeling tired throughout the day
- Mood changes or forgetfulness
- Sudden waking—usually due to snoring or breathing cessation
- Sore or dry throat when waking
Sleep apnea has also been linked to bruxism, specifically nighttime teeth grinding, which can lead to dental cavities and tooth breakage.
Your dentist can diagnose your sleep apnea and provide the treatment you need to sleep safely and comfortably throughout the night.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
Dentists are maxillofacial experts and often note the signs of sleep apnea during a routine dental exam. Your dentist may notice a red throat, tooth wear, or other specific patterns that point to sleep apnea. Your dentist will ask you specific questions as well.
If sleep apnea is suspected, Dr. Hulver will order an at-home sleep study that monitors your sleep patterns and breathing as you sleep.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Following a sleep study, many physicians prescribe a CPAP machine. This machine blows air into the throat using a mask. The continuous air pressure helps prevent throat closing or narrowing as you sleep.
However, some patients cannot tolerate the mask and prefer a comfortable oral appliance to open the airway throughout the night gently.
Your dentist in Fairfax can create a sleep appliance to treat your sleep apnea and keep you resting comfortably and safely.
At Metropolitan Dental Centre, we take sleep apnea very seriously, and we will work with you to find the best solution to combat your sleep disorder.
Give us a Call to Schedule an Exam Today
If you suspect sleep apnea, or if you notice the signs in a loved one, contact our dental office for an evaluation. We look forward to providing quality sleep and restful waking.
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