Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that affects 18 million people in the United States alone. If left untreated, it can lead to serious medical problems. The most common type of sleep apnea is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is when your airway becomes obstructed in some way. Usually from your throat collapsing as you sleep. Air is therefore not reaching your lungs like it should. At Cardinal Park Family Dental Care, we can provide those in Leesburg, VA in Loudoun County with SilentNite®, an OSA treatment.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Stopped breathing while sleeping.
- Gasping during sleep.
- Feeling tired throughout the day.
- Morning Headaches.
- Dry mouth, sore throat upon waking.
- Waking up often to urinate.
- Learning/memory problems.
- Lack of concentration.
- Feeling depressed, irritable, mood swings, personality changes.
Sleep Apnea Complications
If you suffer from OSA, you will have an increased risk of:
- Heart Attack.
- Heart Failure.
- Hypertension (high blood pressure).
- Accidents from sleepiness.
Behavioral Sleep Apnea Treatments
OSA symptoms can go away or lessen with the help of the following:
- Weight Loss.
- Avoid Alcohol.
- Quit Smoking.
- Sleeping on your side instead of back or stomach.
Although you will need to visit a doctor for a diagnosis, we can provide you with an oral appliance for treatment.
Silent Nite® for Sleep Apnea Treatment
Silent Nite is a custom made plastic dental device that moves the lower jaw into a more forward position. This increases the space in your airway tube and reduces soft tissue vibration and air velocity. The fit is comfortable because the device is custom made with heat and pressure to fit the model the dentist took of your mouth. Patients have found this to be very effective to prevent snoring.
If you live in the Leesburg, VA, visit Cardinal Park Family Dental Care for solutions for OSA. Treatment is available to patients who want to improve their health. Call us at 703-779-2296 or fill out our online contact form.