Do you constantly feel fatigued and drowsy, no matter how much sleep you’ve had?
When you need a comprehensive dentist to evaluate and treat sleep apnea, please contact DC Smiles online or by telephone at Old Town Alexandria Office Phone Number 703-299-4614 to schedule an appointment with one of our Alexandria VA dentists on our team. We treat patients from across the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is characterized by periodic breathing disruptions throughout the night that prevent restful and recuperative sleep.
Sleep apnea experts report that close to 10% of the population has sleep apnea, but up to 90% of those who have it are not diagnosed.
Do you sometimes wake up gasping for air, or find yourself with a dry mouth in the morning? These may be signs of a serious sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). People with sleep apnea cease breathing intermittently throughout the night. In order to force you to take a breath, your brain will wake you up, but this happens so quickly that most people are never become aware of it.
More Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Apart from fatigue, dry mouth, and waking up gasping for breath, people with obstructive sleep apnea can also suffer from the following symptoms:
- Chronic, loud snoring
- Frequent trips to the bathroom throughout the night
- Difficulty concentrating
- Short-term memory problems
- Mood swings associated with exhaustion
- High body mass index (thick neck)
- Insomnia or early wakefulness
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may want to visit us to find out more about sleep apnea and potential treatment options. Our team can refer you for a sleep study through George Washington University or other fine sleep centers in the area.
We work with a team that includes cardiologists, ENT specialists, neurologists, and pulmonologists to develop your sleep apnea treatment plan. DC Smiles will regularly be in contact with this team of physicians to help you find relief from your sleep apnea.
For more information about Sleep Apnea or to schedule a consultation with us, call Alexandria, VA 703 299 4614.
Committed to Your Health and Well-Being
If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead to a host of health problems, including a heightened risk of heart attack and stroke. As part of our commitment to supporting the lifetime health of his patients, he offers comfortable sleep apnea therapy through custom orthotic devices, and in unique cases, may suggest orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery.