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By Heritage Hunt Dental
January 02, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Sleep ApneaConcerned about your sleep apnea? Read below to learn how your dentist in Gainesville, VA, Dr. Chris Houser, can help treat it!

Sleep Apnea

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!

By Heritage Hunt Dental
October 23, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Find out If Your Loud Snoring or Poor Sleep Could Be Due to This Common Sleep Disorder.

Do you keep your partner up most nights with your terrible snoring? Do you wake up each morning feeling like a zombie despite getting a full night’s rest? If you said “yes” to either question, then you may be dealing with sleep apnea. Read below to learn more about the telltale symptoms of sleep apnea and visit our Gainesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Chris Houser, for personal guidance on how to manage your symptoms and finally get the restorative sleep you need.

What Are the Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea?

There are many people who have sleep apnea but don’t realize it. That’s because so many factors can contribute to poor sleep that it isn’t always easy to tell whether this sleep disorder could be to blame. Common symptoms include,

  • Extreme daytime fatigue
  • Loud, chronic snoring
  • Gasping for breath in the middle of the night
  • Poor concentration
  • Mental fog
  • Increased irritability and mood swings

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to talk to a sleep specialist who can help you determine what’s causing your sleep problems.

What Happens If I Don’t Treat My Sleep Apnea?

While sleep apnea can profoundly affect the quality of your sleep, this effect isn’t the only issue that the disorder can cause. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition so there is no cure, but it’s still important that you get the treatment you need to manage your symptoms. If you don’t treat sleep apnea, it can greatly impact your general health, as well, as the disorder has been linked to serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and hypertension.

How Can a Dentist Help Me?

You might be surprised to learn that our Gainesville, VA, dentist could actually help you manage your sleep apnea symptoms. If you’ve been told that you have a milder case of sleep apnea, you could benefit from oral appliance therapy. Even though CPAP therapy is still the most common way to treat sleep apnea, it isn’t the only option.

Instead of wearing a facemask night after night to prevent the airways from collapsing while you sleep, our dentist can create a simple oral device that looks like a retainer and covers your upper and lower teeth to prevents airway obstructions while you sleep.

Intrigued? Contact us Today!

Are you living with sleep apnea in Gainesville, VA? If so, then you may be wondering whether we can help you get your symptoms under control. You may even be wondering whether you can swap out your CPAP for a simpler oral appliance. Don’t hesitate to get all of your questions about sleep apnea treatment answered; call Heritage Hunt Dental today at (703) 754-5800!

By Heritage Hunt Dental
December 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Sleep apnea can cause a lot more issues than just a tumultuous night’s rest.sleep apnea

Sleep apnea. This condition may make you toss and turn at night and feel like an exhausted zombie by morning, but this isn’t the only issue you’ll face if you have sleep apnea. Unfortunately, millions of American adults deal with this sleep disorder and, worse yet, a lot of people don’t get the treatment they need to manage this condition properly. From the office of our Gainesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Chris Houser, find out the perils and pitfalls of not treating this sleep problem.

Why is sleep apnea dangerous?

Besides spending most of your days feeling lethargic and exhausted, which alone doesn’t sound like fun, there are a host of other more serious issues that untreated sleep apnea can lead to, including:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Heart attack
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Depression and mood swings
  • Surgical complications

Not to mention the fact that dealing with extreme daytime exhaustion may not only affect your performance at work (or school) but can also leave you prone to injury, whether it’s falling asleep at the wheel of your car or not being as diligent about safety practices or machinery at work.

How can my Gainesville, VA, dentist help?

So, at this point, you may be wondering how a dentist could help improve your sleep. After all, isn’t this what sleep specialists are for? Of course, if you have just been diagnosed with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea you may also be able to turn to us for care. Not only will we work with your sleep doctors and general practitioners but we can also provide a convenient, easy and comfortable way to treat your sleep apnea symptoms.

Instead of the cumbersome, noisy and bulky CPAP equipment, we will create a customized oral device that will prevent the tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing and prevent the tongue from obstructing your airways as you sleep.

This device looks similar to a mouth guard and can provide the relief you need to get better quality sleep. In just a couple days of regular use you should notice a big difference when you wake up in the morning. You’ll wake up feeling more refreshed and more like the “you” you know.

If you are looking for a simple way to tackle your sleep apnea symptoms then it’s time you found out what we could do for you. Turn to Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA, to discover how we could help you sleep better.

By Heritage Hunt Dental
December 22, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Find out whether our dentist might be able to help you get a better night’s sleep.

Sleep apnea can cause a lot of issues for the sufferer if left untreated. Not only do you experience poor sleep quality but also you wake snoringup exhausted and irritable. You probably wouldn’t even know what good sleep felt like. While fighting the extreme daytime drowsiness, you may also be prone to developing heart disease, high blood pressure or even a stroke as a result of the untreated sleep apnea. This is why getting treatment right away is vitally important. Find out how our Gainesville, VA dentist, Dr. Chris Houser, can help.

What is oral appliance therapy?

While CPAP therapy tends to be the most common and effective way to treat sleep apnea, if you are dealing with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) then this custom-fit sleep appliance could be used to improve your sleep and prevent airway obstructions during the night.

If you were to look at this oral appliance, you would see that it looks similar to a mouthguard. When worn, it is designed to hold the jaw in a forward position to help keep airways open and free from obstructions while you sleep. It is a great way to treat both OSA and snoring.

If our Gainesville general dentist determines that you are right for this sleep apnea appliance, then we will get to work making this device. There are many different kinds of oral appliances from which to choose so we will also determine which one is right for you.

What are the benefits?

Whether you’ve tried CPAP therapy or you’ve only heard about it, chances are good that you know how bulky and uncomfortable they can sometimes be. There is certainly an adjustment period when it comes to using CPAP equipment while you sleep. But oral appliance therapy is non-invasive, comfortable, easy to care for and portable. No one wants to lug CPAP equipment around with them, especially when they travel, but, if you have oral appliance therapy, it’s easy to travel with a small dental device like that used in oral appliance therapy.

Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA is ready to help you get better sleep by treating your sleep apnea. If you want to find out if oral appliance therapy is an ideal treatment for you, then it’s time you gave us a call.

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