Snoring can disrupt sleep and in certain cases may be a sign of a more serious medical concern. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but most patients with sleep apnea, snore. Obstructive sleep apnea not only agitates others trying to sleep, it may be causing harm to your overall health. Bethesda Dental Implant Center offers treatment for OSA.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs during sleep when your throat muscles relax, blocking your airway. This causes a recurring cessation of breathing, which lowers the level of oxygen reaching your vital organs. When oxygen levels drop, you may wake up gasping for air. This process may happen multiple times a night and adds stress to your body. If you suffer from sleep apnea, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible. Early diagnosis may help prevent long term health consequences such as stroke, hypertension, or heart attack.
Know The Signs of Sleep Apnea
Knowing the signs of OSA can help you seek help sooner. Drs. Roy and Adam Eskow work with local sleep specialists to help you diagnose your OSA so that you can seek proper treatment.
Common signs of sleep apnea are as follows:
- Daytime sleepiness
- General fatigue
- Loud snoring
- Choking or gasping for air while sleeping
Oral Appliance Therapy for OSA
Our Bethesda dentist office offers custom fit oral appliance therapy for the treatment of OSA. Drs. Eskow will custom design the mouthguard to your mouth for optimal comfort and effectiveness. The oral appliance is designed to keep your jaw, tongue and mouth in the proper position as you sleep. The oral appliance prevents your airway from closing so you may sleep through the night while breathing properly.
Schedule A Consultation
If you may be experiencing OSA, contact our Bethesda dentist office. Drs. Eskow can help you find a sleep specialist for a sleep study. Once properly diagnosed, Drs. Eskow will work with you to design the appropriate dental treatment plan for your specific needs.
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