Sleep Apnea Treatments
Helping Alexandria Get Some Rest
Snoring could be more than a disruption and nightly disturbance. It could be an indication of sleep apnea – a serious condition that affects your health and ability to function properly.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
The most significant indicator of sleep apnea isn’t snoring. It is when your snoring stops – along with your breathing. Sleep apnea can cause you to stop breathing, sometimes for a minute or longer, hundreds of times a night.
When your breathing stops, your body feels deprived of oxygen, you wake and gasp for air. This combination of oxygen deprivation and waking can leave you feeling drained and sick. And even though you are waking, you will probably never realize it. That is why so many sleep apnea patients don’t realize they have it until they are alerted by a sleep partner or friend.
Evidence shows that sleep apnea can trigger hypertension, cardiovascular disease and stroke, worsen anything from fibromyalgia to ADHD and depression and even affect the treatment of Diabetes. Clearly, sleep apnea is to be taken seriously.
How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?
Any of these symptoms, could indicate that more than sound is disturbing your night:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Chronic fatigue
- Morning headache
- Impaired memory and judgment
- Mood disturbance
If you have any of these symptoms, give us a call. Dr. Kling can work with your primary care physician to help you get a proper diagnosis or refer you to a sleep center for a sleep study.
How Can a Dentist Help Me with a Sleep Disorder?
If you are diagnosed with a sleep disorder, you can count on Dr. Kling to help you find easy, comfortable relief. Dr. Kling offers a variety of dental appliances that have been proven to help both patients who snore and patients with sleep apnea. Even those who have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea and have trouble wearing a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine (CPAP) can be helped with our oral appliances. These appliances works by gently and safely hold the mouth and throat in an open position during relaxed sleep, preventing airway collapse and snoring.
For more information about sleep apnea and dental sleep apnea appliances, give us a call at 703-299-8444 today!