Correcting Sleep Apnea in Ashburn, VA, Patients
An estimated 50-70 million US adults struggle with a sleep disorder, such as snoring, insomnia and sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea isn’t just a snoring habit. In the most serious cases, it’s not an exaggeration to say that sleep apnea can increase the risk of premature death by raising the risk of other life-threatening conditions.
While you shouldn’t live in fear of sleep apnea or its symptoms, it’s important to visit a specialized dentist who can recommend treatment options and lifestyle adjustments to reduce your risk and help you get a better night of sleep. Good quality sleep helps to keep your oral health in check. Bad breath, mouth ulcers, signs of teeth grinding, and development or progression of periodontal disease are all signs of sleep disorders that your dentist is trained to spot during your regular cleaning.
At Loudoun Smile Center in Ashburn, VA, we take it even a step further. Dr. Bachour is not only a trained Dentist, she is also a licensed Sleep Therapist. She uses effective therapies to diagnose and address sleep apnea at any level of severity, from a higher mortality rate to other health and lifestyle problems that may be either symptoms or results of living with sleep apnea.
Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
It’s critical to be aware of the more common symptoms of sleep apnea in yourself or a loved one so that you can make a timely appointment with our office to diagnose the true cause of the condition. The most frequent and obvious symptom of sleep apnea is experiencing abnormal pauses in breathing that may cause the sleeping person to wake abruptly.
Here are a few other signs to look for:
- Loud and chronic snoring
- Choking or gasping while sleeping, even waking up as a result
- Waking up with a sore throat and/or dry mouth
- Chronic migraines, usually in the morning
- Feeling completely exhausted even after a full night of sleep
- Feeling irritable, moody, or forgetful
- Irregular or chronic insomnia
Reducing Your Personal Risk and Managing Sleep Apnea
If you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea or a visit to our office confirms your suspicions, there are plenty of treatment options from our office. Dr. Bachour will make recommendations that are best suited to your personal lifestyle and medical history. Sleep apnea and snoring issues can be treated with devices that hold the lower jaw in a forward position to maintain a clear airway. These devices reduce snoring and improve breathing, allowing you to enjoy a full and restful night’s sleep.
In addition to professional equipment and treatment, Dr. Bachour may also suggest lifestyle changes or risk factors to consider at home. For example, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol in excess amounts, or being overweight can increase the risks associated with sleep apnea (and may have other health consequences). In other cases, patients may be predisposed to sleep apnea through family genetics, age, or physical build, such as a large neck or natural overbite.
Contact Our Team Today
Here at Loudoun Smile Center, every member of our team wants to make your dental experience a stress-free one. Not only do we provide in-depth, all encompassing dental services, we also provide sleep therapy services for patients to reduce their health risks and sleep confidently. We’re proud to serve dental and sleep therapy patients who live in Ashburn, Brambleton, Lansdowne, Sterling, Dulles, and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today to make an appointment.