Simple snoring can result in little or no daytime symptoms, however, in more severe cases, the airway can completely close and breathing temporarily stops. This condition is known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea reduces the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream and disrupts the normal sleep cycle. This will cause morning headaches and an inability to concentrate throughout the day. It also causes daytime drowsiness and may be related to many other medical complications.
New dental appliances used in the treatment of snoring/sleep apnea are designed to assist the patient in breathing by increasing the space between the upper and lower jaw and maintaining the tongue in a more forward position. This will open the airway allowing the air to flow through a more normal condition and reduce the snoring and sleep apnea.
Alternative treatment for sleep apnea other than a dental appliance include: behavior modification, weight loss, CPAP (positive air pressure machine), and surgery. At Reitano Dentistry, your overall health is our number one concern. If you are looking for a Virginia Beach sleep apnea dentist, give us a call today at (757) 424-0184.