Sleep Apnea TreatmentRockville, MD
Sleep disorders affect around 40 million people and cost an estimated 18 billion in lost productivity due to sleep loss issues, with sleep apnea making up about 5% of the population. If you suspect you may have this sleep disorder, you may be a candidate for sleep apnea treatment in Rockville, Maryland.
Sleep Apnea can create a plethora of issues, from snoring to sleep deprivation and even more serious health issues. At Chetan Parikh, DMD, MDS, DABCDSM, we take this disorder seriously and are passionate about helping people with this disorder. Dr. Chetan Parikh understands patient’s frustration and can pinpoint symptoms, which he can then treat before serious health consequences can occur.
Snoring is a big issue and can disrupt sleep; it is also a precursor to sleep apnea. Most people with sleep apnea tend to snore, but not all snores have the condition. When sleep apnea results in snoring, it’s usually because of an obstruction in the airway that leads to loud sounds and vibrations, mostly heard by a spouse or partner. Other issues that result from sleep apnea include:
- Fatigue or tiredness
- Sleep disruptions – some sleep apnea sufferers can wake up several times an hour
- Nodding off or falling asleep in non-common places, such as when driving
- Other health issues associated with sleep deprivation or breathing issues
If you think you may have this problem or have been diagnosed, please contact the dentist for more information on how we can help you get the relief you deserve, allowing you to get the sleep you need.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder marked by interruptions and pauses in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or collapsed tissues in the airway. Untreated sleep apnea can contribute to several serious health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver problems.
Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep physician. We recommend that you talk to your dentist, as well as your doctor, if you suffer from the symptoms of sleep apnea. Common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Extreme drowsiness during the day
- Personality changes and irritability
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Awakening with a very dry or sore throat
- Frequent morning headaches
Sleep apnea treatment may depend on the severity of the condition. If you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, our dentist may recommend an oral appliance. The oral appliance works to treat obstructive sleep apnea by fitting over your teeth and keeping your airway open while you sleep. It can work by preventing the tongue from blocking the air passage or by holding your jaw in a position that prevents airway blockages during sleep. For more information on sleep apnea treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our dental practice today. We are committed to helping you improve your health!
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