What is Sleep Apnea and How is it Treated?
By CHESAPEAKE FAMILY AND IMPLANT DENTISTRY
June 21, 2019
Category: Sleep Apnea
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How your dentist in Chesapeake, VA, can help with sleep apnea

If you find yourself waking up suddenly or feeling sleepy during the day, you could have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition during which the tissue at the back of your throat relaxes, causing a partial or complete blockage of your airway. The good news is, your dentist can treat sleep apnea. Dr. Paul LeTellier at Chesapeake Family and Implant Dentistry in Chesapeake, VA, offers a wide range of dental services, including a dental appliance to help with sleep apnea.

When your airway is blocked due to sleep apnea, your vital organs don’t get the oxygen they need to function normally. The lack of Sleep Apneaoxygen to your brain, heart, and other organs can cause serious health problems, and can even shorten your life. Sleep apnea can result in a higher risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Memory impairment

If you experience any of these signs and symptoms, you could have sleep apnea:

  • Chronic, loud snoring
  • Waking up with a headache in the morning
  • A scratchy, dry, sore throat in the morning
  • Waking up suddenly with a gasping or choking sensation
  • Daytime grogginess, sleepiness, and difficulty concentrating

Sleep apnea is often treated with a CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) machine. The machine has a mask that fits over your mouth and nose. The mask is connected to a machine that delivers a continuous flow of oxygen while you sleep. People have discontinued treatment with the CPAP because they find it uncomfortable, not very portable, and difficult to maintain. Sinus infections are a common complaint associated with CPAP use.

Dr. LeTellier has a much better way to treat your sleep apnea. It’s called the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance. This user-friendly appliance is comfortable, portable, and easy to keep clean. It fits over your teeth and holds your lower jaw forward while you sleep, keeping your airway open.

If you have sleep apnea, your dentist can help! It’s time for you to sleep soundly and restore your good health. It’s time to call Dr. Paul LeTellier at Chesapeake Family and Implant Dentistry in Chesapeake, VA. Call now!

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