Sleep Apnea Dentistry

man-909049_640Each night, millions of people endure the effects of sleep apnea, yet few know that dentistry may provide them with a life-changing and life-saving solution.

Living with obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of the condition, can be challenging. Sleep apnea blocks the airways during sleep, causing symptoms like loud snoring, insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, abrupt awakenings, sore throat, morning headaches and others that affect quality of life. Luckily, your DC Dental Spa dentist may be able to recommend oral appliances that can reduce the symptoms of the condition so you can sleep better at night and feel your best during the day.

A possible alternative treatment for people whose mild or moderate sleep apnea is not improved by CPAP treatments, oral appliances treat the condition in two difference ways.

Mandibular advancement devices (MADS) look similar to mouth guards and are the most popular dental treatment for the condition. MADs gently force the lower jaw forward and down to keep the airways open so you can breathe easier at night.

Tongue retaining devices (TRDs) are dental splints that hold the tongue in place. TRDs keep the airways open to reduce symptoms of sleep apnea.

Your DC Dental Spa dentist may also recommend an orthodontic treatment called rapid maxillary expansion. During this procedure, a screw device is applied to the upper teeth to lessen nasal pressure and improve breathing.

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“I didn’t know what was wrong. I was having headaches and waking up exhausted every day. When I mentioned the problem to Dr. Hoang, he right away suspected sleep apnea. I can’t tell you how relieving it is to finally have a diagnosis. And the treatment was so easy. Dr. Hoang is the best!”

– Alex, Foggy Bottom, DC

Alex never thought his snoring could mean something else was going on, despite the fact that his sleep was less than restful. “I thought it was just chronic fatigue. I never suspected I had a sleep disorder.”

After years of going undiagnosed, Alex talked with Dr. Hoang about his symptoms during his first appointment at DC Dental Spa. “Dr. Hoang was able to refer me to a sleep specialist who diagnosed me,” he says. “I was so relieved to finally know what was going on.”

Alex was also able to receive treatment for his obstructive sleep apnea at DC Dental Spa in the form of a mandibular advancement device (MAD). This device helps to keep his airway open at night so he could breathe better and sleep easily.

“Dr. Hoang was instrumental in my diagnosis. He may have saved my life. Thank you so much!”

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If you suffer from sleep apnea, reach out to our team today to learn how sleep apnea dentistry may be an ideal solution that will help you sleep better at night and feel on top of your game each morning.
If you have questions regarding sleep apnea dentistry or would like to learn more, please refer to our Dental Health Center, and for appointment requests or if our dental team can be of service, please call (202) 759-2434 or contact us via email.