As you might know, it’s important to visit our dentist if you’d like to cope with issues like a missing tooth, a cavity, or frequent bad breath. However, did you know that a dentist might be able to help you stop snoring?
Sadly, snoring and making other noises in your sleep could be indicators of sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, your airway will be blocked by your tongue or other muscles in your mouth, meaning you’ll wake up many times a night to breathe. However, you may not remember waking up. Furthermore, since this problem tends to occur in your sleep, you may not be able to recognize the problem. Still, moodiness, exhaustion, high blood pressure, and struggling to focus could all be signs that you have sleep apnea.
Generally, our team will have more opportunities to recognize sleep apnea than your doctor, because some of the symptoms of sleep apnea should be treated by your dentist. If you do have sleep apnea, we may recommend a custom dental appliance for you to wear. This appliance will keep your airway open, making it easier for you to sleep through the night and preventing the negative effects of sleep apnea.
To learn more about dealing with sleep apnea in Springfield, Virginia, please feel free to give Northern Virginia Dental Associates a call at 703.451.8332. Our dentist, Dr. Dr. Neil Charaipotra, will be happy to examine your teeth and help you decide on steps you should consider taking. We look forward to hearing from you soon!