Sleep Apnea Treatment Services in Washington, D.C.
Is sleep apnea robbing you of a good night’s rest?
Sleep apnea is a repeated disruption of breathing while asleep. If you have recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea, or are currently using a CPAP or BiPAP machine and are not satisfied, we recommend a custom oral dental appliance to help you get the proper sleep you need and change your life.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Sleep apnea is roughly defined as the absence of breathing during sleep. More specifically, it is 30 or more episodes when you stop breathing through the mouth or nose for more than 10 seconds during a seven hour period of nocturnal sleep. These episodes can each last anywhere between 10 to 120 seconds, ending with at least a partial wakening. Typically, a Sleep Apnea patient may have as many as 300 episodes per night!
Sleep Apnea Treatments
Changes in lifestyle and clinical treatment options can relieve sleep apnea symptoms. Lifestyle changes include losing weight, getting regular exercise and avoiding alcohol, heavy meals and medication that makes you drowsy.
If you suffer from severe sleep apnea other sleep apnea treatment options include dental appliance therapy, nasal CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) or surgery for Sleep Apnea. In recent clinical studies, physicians and dentists have found that in the majority of Sleep Apnea patients, a well made, individually fitted oral appliance will effectively reduce or eliminate apnea.
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