Snoring is a common problem that can affect various facets of your life, interrupting your partner’s sleep and making nighttime uncomfortable for you as well. While snoring is undoubtedly a nuisance that warrants your attention, there may be an underlying cause that is even more serious. Sleep apnea affects millions of men and women in America, putting them at risk for health complications when not treated properly. At Avanti Dentistry in Tysons Corner, VA, our team of doctors helps patients suffering from sleep apnea find a solution that fits their lifestyle.
Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea
When a patient suffers from sleep apnea, the tongue and the soft tissues of the mouth and throat obstruct the airway during sleep. The patient may cease breathing entirely for up to a minute in some cases, drastically reducing blood oxygen levels throughout the night. Untreated sleep apnea has been shown to contribute to many seemingly unrelated health conditions, including the following:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attack
- Difficulty recovering following surgery
- Extreme daytime fatigue
- Complications during pregnancy
- Depression and anxiety
A customized oral appliance (often called a snore guard, mouthguard, or night guard) can be worn while the patient sleeps to position the jaws and tongue properly. This comfortable appliance stops snoring and allows the patient to breathe continuously throughout the night.
Finally Get the Rest You Deserve
If you or your partner suffers from any of the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, we invite you to contact our office in Tysons Corner today to schedule your consultation. Our doctors are standing by and ready to help you overcome sleep apnea so that you can rest easily, sleep well, and reduce your risk of developing serious health conditions associated with OSA. Our conveniently located dental practice happily welcomes families from Tysons Corner and nearby communities in Washington, D.C., Arlington, McLean, Vienna, Fairfax, and beyond.