Sleep Apnea Treatment

Call Waterman Family Dentistry at (757)-340-8155 for sleep apnea treatment in Virginia Beach.

Afflicting more than 20 million Americans every year, sleep apnea is an extremely common sleep disorder that can disrupt sleep, impact breathing, and even lead to more severe conditions like Type 2 diabetes.

One of the most effective sleep apnea treatments outside of weight loss or positional sleep therapy is a sleep apnea oral appliance. Sleep apnea oral appliances are user-friendly and sit comfortably in your mouth while you sleep.

If you feel the fatigue and stress of sleep apnea, our team at Waterman Family Dentistry can help. Call us at (757)-340-8155.

Sleep Apnea Causes

Sleep apnea has many potential causes, ranging from genetics, weight, and drug use to heart or circulatory system issues. No matter the cause, treating sleep apnea is a fairly simple process that can involve custom-fitted oral appliances, a CPAP machine, or another dental device.

We can look at the causes of your sleep apnea to determine the best possible treatment. Several factors can increase your risk for sleep apnea, including:

  • Smoking
  • Congestion
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Drinking alcohol

You are also more likely to suffer from sleep apnea if it is in your family history or you are male.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Whether you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, or a more severe case, you likely suffer from fatigue and stress. In addition to impacting your sleep quality, sleep apnea can cause more severe symptoms in the future.

If you do not seek treatment for sleep apnea, you are likely to experience:

  • Snoring
  • Inability to fall asleep or stay asleep
  • Risk for developing diabetes, liver problems, and metabolic syndrome

Airway Dentistry

Our dentist, Dr. Waterman, can address your sleep apnea by examining the shape and structure of your mouth and how it impacts the way you breathe while sleeping. She will look for signs of sleep-disordered breathing in the position of your tongue, the condition of soft tissues in your mouth, and the shape and condition of your teeth.

Sleep Apnea Mouthguards

Many patients suffering from sleep apnea choose to use oral appliances instead of a CPAP machine to alleviate sleeping challenges. While setting up your treatment plan with a sleep apnea oral appliance, we will custom fit the device by taking impressions of your teeth to make sure it will sit comfortably in your mouth.

Oral appliances can help treat sleep apnea by opening airways and allowing you to breathe freely regardless of your sleeping position. These are a favorite among sleep apnea patients because they are easy to use and can restore restful sleep without the discomfort of a CPAP or BiPAP machine.

For the best dental care and sleep apnea treatment in Virginia Beach, VA, call our team at Waterman Family Dentistry. Dial (757)-340-8155 today to set up an appointment or discuss treatment options.