Dr. Eli Janabi provides oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea in Falls Church, Virginia. Using oral appliance therapy, our dentist can help you rest better at night, and improve your overall health and well-being.
Oral appliance therapy works by keeping your airway open while you sleep. These custom appliances fit over your teeth and hold your jaw in a position that prevents the blockages in your airway from occurring. This type of sleep apnea treatment is a good option for mild to moderate forms of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by interruptions and pauses in your breathing pattern while you sleep. The more severe form of this disorder, called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when the tongue rolls back or the tissues in the airway collapse, blocking the passage of air to your lungs. Sleep apnea contributes to a number of serious medical conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver problems.
Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Extreme daytime drowsiness
- Difficulty staying asleep at night
- Waking up with an unusually dry or sore throat
- Frequent morning headaches
- Irritability and personality changes
If you suspect that you may have sleep apnea, we recommend that you speak with a physician as well as our dentist. You may need to participate in a sleep study to ensure a correct diagnosis.
Please call us at 703-982-2222 to learn more about sleep apnea and oral appliance therapy, and to schedule your consultation at Smile Studio Dental.