Sleep Apnea Treatment
Smiles for Centreville provides sleep apnea treatments to help our patients sleep better and enjoy better oral and overall health. We invite you to call us today at 703-830-9110 for more information on our treatment options for sleep apnea in Centreville, Virginia, and to schedule your appointment with one of our experienced dentists, Drs. Hutchison, Gorman, Mooney, or Grossman.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that results in pauses and interruptions in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by obstructions in the airway during sleep, such as collapsing airway tissues. Because OSA results in lowered oxygen levels in the body, it is a potentially life-threatening condition that may contribute to several serious health problems.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Common signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:
- Excessive sleepiness during the day
- Awakening with a very dry or sore throat
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Gasping or choking sounds and sensations during sleep
- Frequent morning headaches
- Difficulty concentrating
- Irritability or personality changes
If you notice these symptoms, we encourage you to contact your dentist, doctor, or other medical professional as soon as possible.
How do you treat sleep apnea?
Our dentists are pleased to offer the TAP® appliance to treat OSA. The appliance fits over your teeth and is custom fit to your mouth. By holding the lower jaw in a slightly forward position, the TAP appliance prevents the airway tissues from collapsing while you sleep. The TAP appliance is comfortable, easy to use, and involves no straps or masks.
We welcome you to call or visit our practice today to learn more about sleep apnea treatment and to discover whether the TAP appliance is right for you.