Sleep Apnea Treatment Harrisonburg, VA
Do You Have Trouble Sleeping or Snore Loudly at Night? You May Be One of 20 Million Americans Suffering from Sleep Apnea.
Sleep apnea is a common, but potentially serious condition in which your breathing repeatedly stops and starts during the night – sometimes as often as 30 times an hour! This disorder often leads to loud snoring, difficulty sleeping, and drowsiness throughout the day, and it can affect or contribute to other health conditions in a number of ways. In extreme cases, sleep apnea can be fatal.
At Batchelor Dentistry, we’re here to help you overcome this frustrating and potentially dangerous condition and achieve the restful sleep you need. Together, we’ll develop a sleep apnea treatment plan that really works so you can enjoy a happy and healthy life.
Worried you might be suffering from sleep apnea?
Understanding Sleep Apnea
There are two main types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): Occurs when the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes to the point of closing off your airway
Central Sleep Apnea (CSA): Occurs when your brain fails to send proper signals to the muscles controlling your breathing
Many people with sleep apnea have no idea they’re suffering from the condition. Though it’s difficult to diagnose, treatment is incredibly important to your health and safety. Watch for common sleep apnea symptoms, including:
- Loud snoring
- Abrupt awakening in the middle of the night accompanied by shortness of breath
- Dry mouth or sore throat in the morning
- Morning headache
- Sleepiness during the day
If you notice one or more of these symptoms, talk with your physician or dentist to find out if you might be suffering from sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Risk Factors
Males are twice as likely as women to be diagnosed with sleep apnea
Obesity and a neck circumference of 17” or more increases your risk
Lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking, and drug use can lead to sleep apnea
Research suggests that genetics can influence your risk of developing the disorder
Our Approach to Sleep Apnea Treatment
At Batchelor Dentistry, we take a personalized approach to diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. During your appointment, we’ll discuss your symptoms and risk factors to confirm your suspicion of sleep apnea. From there, we’ll explore diagnostic options to determine the severity of your condition and outline therapy options.
In moderate to severe cases of sleep apnea, the gold standard of treatment is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. A CPAP is worn at night and works by gently repositioning your lower jaw to open up your airway and prevent obstruction.
In many mild cases of sleep apnea, sleep physicians recommend a custom-fit oral appliance resembling a sports mouth guard. This appliance repositions the lower jaw, opens the airway, and can help reduce the number of apneic events and will even help stop snoring. This appliance may even be an option for individuals with moderate or severe sleep apnea who cannot tolerate wearing a CPAP.
Together, we’ll find a sleep apnea treatment that’s perfect for you!
“From the first phone call of scheduling an appointment, to the welcoming staff in the waiting area, the handshake from Donna, my hygienist, and the wonderful demeanor of Dr. Batchelor... this office hands down has provided the best dental experience I have ever had!”
— Rimma Z.
About Batchelor Dentistry
Our Harrisonburg dentist office provides a patient-focused approach to helping you achieve great dental health and a beautiful smile.
Our team cares about more than just “fixing teeth.” We’re committed to providing a pleasant and relaxing experience that addresses all your dental health needs and concerns.
Whether you suspect you might be suffering from sleep apnea, want brighter teeth, or are simply looking for preventive care, we’re here to help.
Phone: (540) 432-9992
Open: Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Address: 1920 Medical Ave Ste J, Harrisonburg, VA 22801