At the office of Dr. Alan J. White, D.D.S., we are committed to helping you improve both your oral and your overall health. Our experienced doctor offers sleep apnea treatment in Staunton, Virginia, to help you rest better at night and enjoy better health. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation with Dr. White and find out how sleep apnea treatment can benefit you!
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses and interruptions in breathing while asleep. This condition is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as collapsed tissues or the tongue rolling back in the throat. Pauses in breathing can occur multiple times each night, and may last for up to 30 seconds in some cases. This causes your sleep to be fragmented and reduces the oxygen levels in your body.
When untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to a number of serious medical conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and liver problems. Common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Extreme daytime drowsiness (hypersomnia)
- Difficulty staying asleep at night (insomnia)
- Waking with a dry or sore throat
- Frequent morning headaches
- Irritability, depression or mood changes
- Choking or gasping sensations during sleep
- Long pauses in breathing
- Abrupt awakenings, often accompanied by shortness of breath
- Poor, fitful or restless sleep
- Memory impairment or difficulty focusing
Sleep apnea can be difficult to diagnose, and many people who suffer from this condition are unaware of the problem. Sleep apnea is usually noticed by others who see their loved one sleeping and realize that something unusual is occurring with their sleeping patterns.
Treatment for sleep apnea depends on the severity of your condition. Mild to moderate OSA may be treated with a custom oral appliance, which will help to keep your jaw positioned forward so that your airways remain open while you sleep. More extreme cases of sleep apnea may require a CPAP machine or even surgical treatment.
We invite you to call or visit us today to learn more about sleep apnea treatment and schedule your consultation with our doctor. We are committed to helping you improve your health.
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Oral cancer will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. The main reason for these grim statistics, is not because oral cancer is hard to diagnose, but because it is diagnosed too late-when it is in its advanced stages. As your dentist, I am dedicating myself to do everything that I possibly can to reduce these alarming oral cancer statistics one patient at a time. That’s why I recently invested in a new, advanced screening device that will enable me and my team to perform a detailed oral exam on our adult patients with far more accuracy than we ever could in the past. The device, which is called Identafi, is about the size of a power tooth brush, and uses three different wavelengths of light to help detect any suspicious areas in the mouth that would be impossible for us to see with our naked eyes. These suspicious areas, upon further evaluation, are usually benign, but I think you’ll agree that it’s always better to be safe than sorry. During your next hygiene examine will be performing a thorough Identafi examination and we will gladly answer any and all questions. If it has been a while since your last appointment, I recommend that you schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.