Concerned about your sleep apnea? Read below to learn how your dentist in Gainesville, VA, Dr. Chris Houser, can help treat it!
Sleep apnea is a sleep-related breathing disorder that affects a person's respiratory airflow. The airflow is interrupted when soft tissues, like the tongue, collapse at the back of your throat while you're asleep, causing the windpipe to be partially closed off. The soft tissue then vibrates, which results in snoring.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when the upper airway is blocked and significant airflow disruption occurs, complete blockage of airflow may result as well.
Someone suffering from sleep apnea may wake up several times a night. These awakenings are called micro-arousals and prevent deep and restful sleep.
Lack of Sleep
Approximately 168 million people reported feeling drowsy while driving, according to the National Sleep Foundation's 2005 Sleep in America poll.
Getting enough sleep isn't just important for your health, but for the welfare of others, as well. If you're not getting enough sleep and decide to drive your children to school, that may result in you falling asleep at the wheel. This may lead to a serious accident where serious injury and trauma is sustained.
There are many diseases that are linked to a lack of sleep, so make sure that you ask your Gainesville doctor about how he can help you cope with, or treat, certain illnesses to improve the quality of your sleep. For example, Dr. Houser can outfit you with an oral appliance to wear while you sleep. This helps reposition the jaw and tongue so that there is no obstruction of the airway while you sleep, thus decreasing the effects of sleep apnea.
Need to speak with your dentist?
If you have any questions or concerns regarding sleep apnea treatment, then it's a good idea to contact Dr. Houser's Gainesville, VA, office today at (703) 754-5800!