Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that can jeopardize your health and your quality of life. It is characterized by frequent pauses in breathing while you sleep. Patients often snore loudly and/or wake up gasping for air throughout the night. While this condition certainly leaves you (and your partner) with a poor night’s sleep, it can also disrupt how your body functions during the day. For example, untreated sleep apnea has been associated with headaches, fatigue, lack of concentration, irritability and depression/anxiety. If your condition is severe enough, you may also be at risk for stroke, high blood pressure and heart attack.
At Short Pump Family Dentistry, we not only realize the seriousness of sleep apnea, but we can also treat it. Dr. Tse is qualified to effectively treat snoring and sleep apnea disorders using nighttime oral appliance therapy. This is often a welcome alternative to CPAP machines, which are too uncomfortable to tolerate for many. Studies have shown that the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep apnea has a 77% to 95% success rate.
While you may not even realize you do it, snoring and teeth grinding are two of the most detrimental sleep habits for your smile and your body. Fortunately, they can both be addressed with our oral appliance therapy at Short Pump Family Dentistry. Dr. Tse will conduct a thorough evaluation of your symptoms and even work with your physician if necessary to ensure we provide an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.
Treating chronic snoring and teeth grinding can restore your night’s sleep and improve your overall health. A custom nighttime mouth guard is a simple investment that can protect your teeth from bruxism and help you avoid painful problems within your jaw joint.
Not all snoring is caused by sleep apnea. However, a large majority of cases can be traced back to a narrowing of the airway passages and consequential tissue vibrations that occur in sleep apnea. A special oral appliance can be used to open your airways and help you breathe quietly while you sleep. This also prevents the lack of oxygen that occurs during multiple sleep apnea episodes. Rest assured that we use the most proven oral appliance models available, ensuring you are comfortable while getting the healthy sleep your body needs and deserves.
If you want effective relief for snoring or teeth grinding, please call (804) 326-5426 today. It is time to sleep better!