Sleep Apnea Treatment in Vienna, VA
Snoring is mostly thought of as a harmless, if annoying, bad habit that affects countless individuals. While this is true in some cases, others may actually be an indicator of a much more serious and potentially dangerous health condition: sleep apnea.
Today, sleep apnea affects around 18 million men and women in the United States, and a large portion of those who suffer from it don’t even know. Here at Monarch Dentistry, Dr. Neil Flenniken and Dr. Suzan Rismani-Flenniken can help. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea by your general doctor or a sleep specialist, we can offer you much-needed relief in the form of oral appliance therapy. Contact our Vienna, VA office today if you’re in need of assistance!
Do I Suffer from Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a patient’s airway becoming partially or fully blocked during sleep, reducing oxygen intake and causing the brain to send out an emergency signal, disrupting the patient’s rest so that they can readjust. This can occur up to hundreds of times a night and lead to constant exhaustion for the patient, as well as other unpleasant symptoms. These include:
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Painful morning headaches
- Problems with concentration and memory
- Constant dry mouth and/or sore throat
- Choking or gasping while sleeping
If one or more of these symptoms are familiar to you, please talk to your doctor about getting a proper diagnosis.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Have you ever worn an orthodontic retainer, a nightguard, or a sportsguard before? Oral appliance therapy is actually very similar. For people who suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea or are simply incompatible with traditional CPAP treatment, this method could be the solution you’ve been hoping for. Our team will provide you with the customized appliance; patients simply need to wear it when asleep. The device should minimize airway blockage by comfortably altering and stabilizing the tongue and lower jaw.
Sadly, oral appliance therapy isn’t the right option for every patient who suffers from sleep apnea. CPAP treatment may not be the right solution either due to its high intolerance rate. In this case, our doctors may recommend combined therapy. Like the name suggests, this technique combines the best elements of both oral appliance therapy and CPAP treatment to create exceptional results for patients. Patients can remain more stable throughout the night and don’t have to wear uncomfortable headgear; better yet, the air pressure involved can usually be reduced significantly due to the effectiveness of the oral appliance.