Sleep apnea can have a significant impact on your overall health and wellbeing. Our experienced dentist may recommend oral appliance therapy to help manage sleep apnea so you can get the rest you need to enjoy a healthy life. We invite you to call Inova Dental Clinic at 703-433-1400 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Jafari and learn more about sleep apnea treatment in Sterling, Virginia.

Sleep apnea, a sleep disorder characterized by interruptions in breathing during sleep, can be a serious health concern. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) arises from airway blockages, which can include the tongue rolling back or tissues collapsing in the airway. Addressing sleep apnea is vital as untreated cases can contribute to severe health issues like heart disease, high blood pressure and liver complications.

For accurate diagnosis, consulting a sleep physician is crucial. If you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, such as daytime drowsiness, mood changes, difficulty staying asleep, snoring, a dry or sore throat upon waking and frequent morning headaches, it’s recommended to discuss your condition with both a physician and our dentist.

The treatment approach for sleep apnea depends on its severity. If you have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, our skilled dentist might suggest an oral appliance. This device is a type of custom-made mouth guard. It is designed to fit over your teeth perfectly and works by advancing the lower jaw slightly forward into a comfortable position. This slight forward position tightens the soft tissues and muscles of the upper airway and allows the tissues at the back of the throat to relax, stopping your tongue from rolling back, preventing obstructions and helping you breathe easily. This gives you a safe, soundless and restful sleep.

We encourage you to reach out to our office for more information about sleep apnea treatment and oral appliance therapy. We are committed to helping you enhance your health and wellbeing.