Before having their sleep apnea diagnosed, many patients don’t realize that they have a sleep disorder. They can believe that they’re sleeping soundly every night, until the symptoms of the condition start to become obvious. Those effects are numerous, and can include symptoms of sleep deprivation as well as increased health risks associated with chronically labored breathing. At our Virginia Beach, VA, dental office, we can offer a convenient, comfortable, custom-designed solution to treating sleep apnea and alleviating the many different effects it can have on your quality of life.
You can finally stop snoring
Sleep apnea, or OSA (obstructive sleep apnea), occurs when oral tissues collapse into your airway and clog it while you sleep. It doesn’t take long for the obstruction to cause you to stop breathing, but before it does, it causes you to snore increasingly louder as the obstruction grows. In fact, chronic snoring is one of the biggest reasons why patients seek treatment and learn that they have sleep apnea. By treating it, you can stop the obstruction that leads to sleep apnea and snoring, allowing you to sleep peacefully once again.
You can feel like you’ve slept well
Aside from snoring, sleep apnea isn’t always obvious to the people who have it. For example, the condition doesn’t usually cause you to wake up consciously, but the repeated interruptions to your breathing can cause your body and brain to constantly wake up and clear your airway. This prevents you from reaching R.E.M. sleep, which is the deep stage of sleep during which your brain and body rejuvenate themselves. Over time, you’ll feel symptoms of sleep deprivation, including daytime fatigue, mood swings, and more – all of which you can alleviate by treating your sleep apnea with a custom appliance.
You can treat it without CPAP
Traditional treatment for sleep apnea includes a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine that keeps your airway open with a gentle stream of air. While this has proven effective, many patients benefit more from a comfortable, custom-designed sleep appliance. The appliance prevents your airway from becoming blocked by offering personalized support for your lower jaw, keeping it in a comfortable and open position that stops oral tissues from collapsing into your airway.
Benefit from a custom sleep appliance
If you suffer from sleep apnea, then learn how treating it with a custom appliance can improve its symptoms – and your life. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling the Absolute Dental Care office in Virginia Beach, VA, today at (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients from Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton, Eastern Shore, and all surrounding communities.