Call Legacy Dentistry of Virginia today at (703)-378-5600 to restore your restful sleep.
Many American adults suffer the effects of sleep apnea. Severe sleep apnea can cause trouble falling asleep, snoring, and headaches due to low oxygen levels — worse, you may even stop breathing during sleep. We at Legacy Dentistry of Virginia want to help!
At our office, we use a TAP (Thornton Adjustable Positioner) to treat people with sleep apnea. A TAP device sits in your mouth while you sleep to position your jaw so you can continue to breathe. This patient-friendly treatment for sleep apnea can help patients return to normal sleep with very little discomfort.
If you have a sleep disorder that is leaving you sleep deprived and unhappy, call Legacy Dentistry of Virginia at (703)-378-5600 to set up an appointment and discuss treatment options.
Causes of Sleep Apnea
Although the two types of sleep apnea have similar symptoms, they are a result of entirely different factors. Obstructive sleep apnea generally results from poor genetics, weight, or drug use, while central sleep apnea relates to the heart and circulatory system. A asleep study can also help determine the cause of your problems.
Risk Factors for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Many factors can increase the risk of severe obstructive sleep apnea.
- Being obese or overweight
- Use of alcohol
- High blood pressure
- Medical conditions like Parkinson’s disease or Type 2 Diabetes
Risk Factors for Central Sleep Apnea
Unlike obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea results from miscommunication between the brain and your breathing muscles. Conditions such as stroke and congestive heart failure can increase the risk of central sleep apnea.
You are also at an increased risk of either type of sleep apnea if you have a family history of sleep apnea, are middle-aged or older, or are male. If you have minor obstructive sleep apnea, your dentist may recommend exercise or habitual changes before providing a TAP.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
If your sleep apnea becomes severe and you are suffering from any of the following symptoms, reach out to our office to discuss your treatment options.
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Loud snoring
Untreated sleep apnea can lead to severe health complications in the future. If you don’t seek treatment for your sleep apnea, you are more likely to develop conditions like type 2 diabetes, liver problems, or metabolic syndrome.