Sleep Apnea Treatment Family Dentistry & Orthodontics In Sterling, VA Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes a person to stop breathing during sleep. In some cases, you may stop breathing hundreds of times in one sleep cycle. If you think you may have sleep apnea, contact our office for a consultation. The most common type of sleep apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), happens when a person has difficulty breathing during sleep because of a blockage in the back of the airway. Sleep apnea may be caused by genetics, poor posture, allergies, enlarged tonsils, and other issues. If you have obstructive sleep apnea you or your partner may notice: Extended pauses in breathing during sleep Loud snoring Restless sleep Serious daytime sleepiness Irritability or personality change Poor memory or concentration Headaches Weight gain Depression Another type of sleep apnea, Central Sleep Apnea, happens when the brain stops signalling the breathing muscles to actively breathe. This causes a person to stop breathing at night. Mixed Sleep Apnea combines both Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Central Sleep Apnea. Over 18 million people are affected by sleep apnea in the United States. If left untreated, sleep apnea increases risks of: Cancer Cardiovascular disease Diabetes Hypertension Stroke Obesity Other serious health complications What Are Some Treatment Options? There are a few ways that sleep apnea can be treated. The treatment involves keeping open an airway during sleep and stopping it from collapsing. The treatment options include, the use of a CPAP machine, nasal and/or oral airway surgery, or an oral appliance. Oral appliances are custom fabricated mouthpieces that closely resemble mouth guards or orthodontic retainers. They work by keeping the airway open throughout the night, preventing any collapses. Dental professionals are exceptionally qualified when providing oral sleep appliances due to their ability to determine the proper jaw position. Oral sleep appliances are covered by many medical insurance plans. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, contact Brighter Smile Family Dentistry & Orthodontics for a consultation. Drs. Kavianpour, Khalili-Araghi , and Al-joburi can provide you with effective treatment options to improve your sleep and your health.