Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea, and it can have serious consequences in terms of your health. Here at Alexandria Center of Dentistry, the effects of OSA can be relieved with our dental appliance therapy.
The implications of OSA are that your breathing will become shallow or even stop entirely as you sleep. It happens over and over, up to hundreds of times per night in some instances. The reason it occurs is that your upper airway becomes blocked either partially or completely. Your body has to struggle to keep the airway open for breathing. Risk factors include being overweight, and drinking alcohol too close to bedtime. There is a greater chance of getting it if you are African-American, Hispanic, or a Pacific-Islander. Men get OSA at twice the rate as women, with likelihood increasing with age (for men) and menopause (for women). Our Alexandria dental care begins with an examination. A sleep study is crucial for diagnosis. Some of the symptoms that can lead you to seek out our help are snoring, restless sleep, difficulties getting up even after a full night’s sleep, night sweats, morning headaches, dry mouth or sore throat first thing in the morning, waking up suddenly as if choking or gasping, and sexual dysfunction. Once you have completed your sleep study, our Alexandria dental care will consist of dental appliance therapy, which is a device you wear while you sleep for keeping your airway open so that you breathe more efficiently and get a more restful sleep.
OSA does not have to impact your life. Please reach out to us know, so that you we can set up a convenient time for you to come in. Our Alexandria dental care is committed to your optimal oral health and everything that affects it.