At Ridgetop Dental our dental team considers all potential health conditions that could impact your dental health as part of our comprehensive approach to dentistry. Sleep apnea is a medical condition that is interlinked with a patient’s oral wellness and occlusal system. Dentists Dr. Datta, Dr. Shaw, and Dr. Sensenbrenner provide treatment for sleep apnea.
Our dentists screen for the oral signs of sleep apnea during routine dental care visits and discuss common risk factors with patients who have concerns about their overall health and lifestyle habits or medical conditions. Although anyone can develop sleep apnea, there are certain key risk factors that everyone should be aware of and discuss with our dentists or a physician. These can include:
- Being overweight, obese
- Being male
- Having high blood pressure, hypertensive
- Larger neck circumference
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea Reston, VA
Loud snoring is often the first sign that a patient is experiencing obstructive sleep apnea. OSA is a common form of sleep apnea that prevents normal oxygen flow during sleep. OSA occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses blocking the airway and obstructing normal oxygen flow. This blockage repeatedly stops the flow of oxygen to the brain and major organs, affecting your overall health and raising the risk of serious medical conditions. Patients with sleep apnea are more likely to experience chronic fatigue, inflammation, heart attacks, and strokes.
Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
- Persistent dry mouth
- Chronic fatigue
- Suddenly waking to gasp for air during sleep
- Headaches in the morning
- Difficulty concentrating
- Restless sleep
If you or a loved one show one or more of the above symptoms, a sleep analysis study is recommended. Early intervention of sleep apnea can help prevent secondary health conditions from developing. We can work with your physician to obtain a proper medical diagnosis for a sleep-related disorder such as sleep apnea. If considered an alternative, we offer convenient, comfortable treatment with custom oral appliances.
Oral Sleep Appliance Therapy
Traditionally patients with sleep apnea use a CPAP machine to help them breathe properly during sleep. Dr. Datta, Shaw and Sensenbrenner offer a CPAP alternative that affords patients a higher level of compliance for effective results. An oral sleep appliance is more discreet, and typically more comfortable to wear than a CPAP machine.
Your Ridgetop Dental dentist will create an oral sleep appliance custom fit to your mouth for optimal comfort. The device is worn while you sleep and works to keep the airway open and free from obstruction.