Have you been told that you snore loudly in your sleep?
Obstructive sleep apnea, or excessive loud snoring, can have harmful effects on you and your loved ones. Often, patients are unaware that they are suffering from sleep apnea until a roommate or sleeping partner tells them about their loud snoring. Some patients may not think that their snoring is a concern that their dentist can help with. However, Dr. Nishan Halim, your local dentist in Washington, DC, is able to help you control your loud snoring with oral appliance therapy or laser dentistry solutions. Depending on your needs, we can help you reduce the chances of your soft tissues getting in the way of your breathing patterns and ensure that you and those around you achieve a good night’s rest.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Washington, DC
Loud snoring causes a wide range of issues for your physical health as well as the health of your personal relationships. When you snore, this means that something is blocking your airway and preventing you from getting a full breath of air in certain sleeping positions. The loud snoring can cause you to wake up while you sleep while also causing your loved ones to wake up as well. Achieving a full, good night’s sleep is important to your health and the health of those around you. If you are unsure if you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, watch out for the following symptoms:
- Loud snoring
- Waking up in the middle of the night
- Heavy mouth breathing
- Gasping for air in your sleep
- Daytime fatigue
- Dry mouth
To help manage these symptoms, Dr. Halim may recommend oral appliance therapy through a custom mouthguard. Custom mouthguards are designed to hold your jaw in a healthier resting position as you sleep. They ensure that you maintain the appropriate airway to breathe properly as you sleep. Many patients enjoy oral appliance therapy because it is more compact and portable than traditional CPAP machines. We can also offer laser dentistry solutions to safely and effectively remove excess soft tissues that may be getting in the way of your breathing pattern.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Health Complications & Risk Factors
It’s important to note that while anyone can suffer from sleep apnea, you are more at risk of you are overweight, male, or above the age of 40. Left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can cause long-term health concerns including an increased risk for strokes, heart problems, and high blood pressure. We encourage you to seek help for your obstructive sleep apnea sooner rather than later to ensure that you are not risking further health complications.
Schedule An Appointment
A sleep test may be needed to diagnose your sleep apnea. If this is the case, Dr. Halim can make appropriate recommendations to ensure you receive the proper care. To get started in managing your sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with our local dentist in Capitol Hill, DC today. We look forward to helping you achieve a good night’s rest for many years to come.