Sleep Apnea Treatment in Suffolk, VA

Sleep apnea is a common condition where you have pauses or shallow breaths as you sleep. On top of the fact that it results in poor sleep quality, it can also have serious effects on your overall health. Many people are unaware that they have the disorder, but at Riverfront Dentistry, we can help diagnose sleep apnea and give you treatment options that’ll have you sleeping better in no time!

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Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

The most common sign of sleep apnea is loud or frequent snoring, but there are many other symptoms you can be on the look out for. These included choking or gasping sounds, morning headaches, daytime fatigue, irritability, and difficulty concentrating.

Sleep Apnea FAQ

What causes sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs whenever your airway is partially or fully blocked. This can happen for a number of reasons from your throat muscles becoming too relaxed to it simply being because of the shape of your tongue and tonsils.

How do you diagnose sleep apnea?

We will first perform an exam where we check your mouth and throat to see if there is anything pointing to an obstructed airway. We can also go over sleep studies, where your oxygen, heart rate, blood pressure, and other vitals are monitored, and help you set up an at-home sleep study.

Are there any sleep apnea treatment options besides a CPAP machine?

The CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, machine is the most common treatment for sleep apnea, but there are other alternatives depending on the severity of your case, such as wearing a dental appliance while you sleep. We are happy to sit down with you to discuss your options.

What are the risks of not treating my sleep apnea?

Ignoring sleep apnea can actually have serious effects on your health. untreated sleep apnea can actually lead to a number of secondary medical conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

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