Reston Sleep Apnea Therapy

Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment

Sleep apnea is a very serious disorder in which you stop breathing when you are asleep. After a sleep study is performed, Dr. Wayne Myles evaluates the position of your jawbone and crafts a clear, comfortable dental appliance for you to wear at night. By repositioning the jaw, Northern Virginia Dentist Wayne Myles can reduce your sleep apnea and improve the way you breath. If you think you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or display symptoms of OSA such as loud snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue and witnessed apnea, contact our Reston, Virginia dentist for more information.

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Sleep Apnea has been linked to excessive tiredness, depression, and reduced resistance to infection. When left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of heart attack, hypertension, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, catching cold and even death.

It can have a significant impact on the quality of life, placing unnecessary strain on relationships between bed partners, family, and the workplace.

If you have sleep apnea (OSA) or display sleep apnea symptoms such as loud snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue and witnessed apnea, it is essential that you seek the right sleep apnea treatment options.

What causes Sleep Apnea?

During sleep muscles relax, including those that control the tongue and throat. The soft tissue (or flesh) at the back of your throat can sag, narrowing the airway. Incoming air then makes the tissue at the rear roof of the mouth (the soft palate), the flap of skin hanging from the palate (uvula) and the throat vibrate—a sound known as snoring.

Loud snoring may be a sign of a more serious problem - Sleep Apnea (OSA). This is where the airway becomes completely blocked and breathing can stop for ten seconds or more. This can occur over a hundred times per hour. The brain detects the lack of oxygen and prompts a momentary arousal to breathe.

Although sleep apnea sufferers may experience hundreds of apnea events per night, they are unlikely to remember any of them. In fact, if the sufferer lives alone or sleeps separately, they may never be aware of their condition after many years.

Diagnosing & Treating Sleep Apnea

The first step is a thorough exam including medical history and medications taken, and a questionnaire related to certain symptoms. Then a sleep study is done and the results are interpreted to determine your sleep habits and the seriousness/severity of your apnea condition. Traditionally, a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine is used. This is inconvenient, uncomfortable, cumbersome, and has poor compliance. Now, a small comfortable oral appliance is made that is easy to use to alleviate the OSA and allow you to live a more alert, healthy lifestyle.

Sleep Apnea Quiz

Take a moment to see if you may suffer from daytime sleepiness. It takes about 2 minutes to test yourself.

0 = no chance of dozing

1 = slight chance of dozing

2 = moderate chance of dozing

3 = high chance of dozing

SITUATION

CHANCE OF DOZING

Sitting and reading

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Watching TV

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Sitting inactive in a public place (e.g a theater or a meeting)

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As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break

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Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit

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Sitting and talking to someone

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Sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol

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In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic

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Total Score:________________________ (under 7 is normal)

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to feeling just tired? This refers to your usual way of life in recent times. Even if you have not done some of these things recently try to work out how they would have affected you. Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation:

To find out if sleep apnea treatment is right for you or someone you know, call us at (703) 925-0800 and put sleep apnea to rest for good. The life you save may be your own.