Although you may not be familiar with sleep apnea, you may be very familiar with its biggest symptom: snoring. Sleep apnea occurs when your tongue rolls back in your throat or the tissues in your airway relax, restricting the flow of oxygen while you sleep. As a result, you may snore and even partially wake up multiple times during the night.

Snoring is just one symptom of the problems. Others include:
• Morning headaches
• Trouble staying asleep
• A sore or dry throat in the morning
• Drowsiness during the day
• Irritability

While sleep apnea can be annoying to the people you live with and keep you from getting the rest you need, it can also contribute to problems such as hypertension, heart disease, problems with your liver and diabetes. Sleep apnea can only be diagnosed by a sleep physician, but our dentists can provide sleep apnea treatment in Fairfax, Virginia. In extreme cases, surgery may be required or you may need to sleep while using a CPAP machine. However, many people find CPAP machines to be noisy and uncomfortable. One of the most common and effective treatments is to create an oral appliance that you wear while you sleep. This appliance prevents your tongue from blocking your airway or moves your jaw into a position that keeps the tissues in your throat from collapsing.

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are in search of a solution, Dr. Elhady, Dr. Scimeca and associates at Oakton Family Dentistry are here to help. Call 703-281-6201 today to schedule your appointment.