Effective alternative to conventional sleep apnea & snoring treatment available in Annandale, VA
The health of an estimated 22 million Americans is impacted by sleep disorders. Considering the vital nature of breathing and quality sleep, that figure is a tragedy. Fortunately, you have taken the first important step toward improvement by visiting this website. Annandale, VA biological/holistic general dentist, Dr. Richard Fischer, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine in the treatment of sleep apnea, sleep disordered breathing, & snoring.
Do you have sleep apnea?
Underlying sleep apnea causes vary from person to person. However, obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the path air follows into and out of the lungs narrows or closes off during sleep. These pauses in breathing deprive the brain and body of oxygen. The brain senses this threat and sends a rush of adrenalin to wake you, which interrupts sleep . . . many times through the night. Severe apneics have dozens of episodes per hour, keeping them (as well as their bedmates) from reaching deep levels of sleep where cellular rejuvenation occurs.
While loud, erratic, or chronic snoring is a noticeable indicator, there are many other sleep apnea symptoms including:
- Daytime drowsiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dry mouth or throat in the morning
- Frequent bathroom breaks during the night
- History of workplace or vehicle accidents
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Irritability, depression, or mood swings
- Jerking, choking, or snorting during sleep
- Poor memory
- Reduced libido
- Unusual sleep positions
- Waking with a headache
- GERD (gastric reflux)
Treatments for sleep apnea available at Evergreen Dental Wellness explained by Richard Fischer, DDS
What are the treatments available for sleep apnea?
If you are tested and do have sleep apnea, the three major treatments are – for people who are obese, especially if you are more than 20% over your normal body weight.
We will be putting you on a weight reduction program. Sometimes reducing weight can reduce the frequency and severity of sleep apnea and do nothing more than that.
In more severe cases, we will recommend something called a CPAP machine. It is a mask that has a pump attached to it. It forces air through your nose or the mouth depending on the type of mask you need.
By forcing the air through that obstruction in your throat and keeps your breathing normal throughout the night.
The third and easiest recommendation is an oral appliance, which is what we do mostly. It is an oral appliance just like a mouthguard. It holds the lower jaw in a little forward position.
As the lower jaw moves forward the airway tends to get larger. We find a position where the jaw is comfortable and is forward enough where the airway is large enough that we get rid of the sleep apnea in the majority of our patients.
Non-CPAP treatment for snoring & sleep apnea in Annandale, VA
Do you want to stop snoring and start getting healthier sleep? Does the idea of trying to rest wearing a facemask and tethered to a CPAP machine sound unrealistic? Dr. Fischer can help with proven non-surgical solutions for snoring and sleep apnea.
CPAP forces the airway open using a facemask with pressure from a continuous stream of air produced by a compressor. Dr. Fischer takes a different approach, with a custom fitted mouth guard. This small appliance fits over teeth, gently repositioning oral posture. As it holds the mouth slightly open, it prevents the jaw from dropping back toward the neck as you relax, and the airway stays open.