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Effective Therapy for Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Do you struggle with snoring, daytime drowsiness, or memory loss? Do you have trouble concentrating or routinely feel sleepy behind the wheel? These are signs that you may be struggling with a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. Patients with sleep apnea stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer while asleep. As a result, sleep apnea patients also wake up throughout the night in order to breathe. Not every patient wakes up completely, though; some only move to a lighter stage of sleep. That’s why sleep apnea is a commonly underdiagnosed condition.

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

In many cases, sleep apnea is caused by obstruction from the tongue or lower jaw. During sleep, the tongue and lower jaw relax, cutting off air’s pathway to the lungs. As a result, patients end up snoring or struggling to breathe properly. Known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS), it can be diagnosed with a sleep study and easily treated without surgery. One common method of treatment is a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure, and it uses a steady stream of air to keep airways open. However, more and more dentists are helping patients treat sleep apnea and snoring with oral appliance therapy.

Oral Appliance Therapy for Chesapeake and Beyond

At Estrada General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we’re happy to offer care for sleep apnea and snoring with oral appliance therapy. This effective treatment method uses a customized oral appliance, which is similar to a mouthguard, to reposition your tongue and lower jaw so that air can pass through normally to the lung while you sleep. With your tongue and lower jaw out of the way, you can sleep peacefully at night without snoring.

Not only will you benefit from treatment with oral appliance therapy, your partner will as well. Many couples experience conflict as a direct result of a patient’s snoring. With oral appliance therapy, you can both rest better at night.

At Estrada General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we would be happy to talk to you about your symptoms and how treatment with oral appliance therapy can help. With your customized appliance, you and your partner can finally get the rest you both deserve.

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Are you ready to schedule your next appointment with Estrada General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry? Call us today. Our office is located in the Greenbrier area of Chesapeake, on the corner of Kempsville and Volvo Parkway. We’re happy to serve patients from Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Suffolk, and all surrounding areas.

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