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Sleep Apnea Treatments for Midlothian and Richmond Patients

Snoring is not uncommon, but when deep loud snoring is accompanied by breaks in breathing that wake you up, there is a good chance your quality of life is suffering - so is your health. Midlothian Family Dentistry treats patients with sleep disorders in Midlothian and Richmond communities.

Why is Sleep Apnea Harmful?

Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening disorder as it can lead to high blood pressure and heart problems when left untreated. Patients who have sleep disorders will notice symptoms such as:

- Excessive sleepiness 

- Episodes of breathing cessation

- Abrupt awakenings often accompanied by gasps for breath

- Dry mouth or a sore throat

- Morning headaches, insomnia, and attention problems

Yearly physicals with your primary physician and biyearly exams by your dentist will help catch sleep apnea before major health problems begin. Through a sleep analysis screening, doctors and dentists can determine the type of sleep apnea problems a patient is experiencing and create the appropriate treatment necessary to correct it.

Treating Sleep Apnea

A CPAP machine is most often prescribed by physicians to treat the disorder. This machine involves a mask worn on the face during sleep. It sends a steady stream of oxygen to the lungs throughout the night.  A CPAP stops potential symptoms very well when worn. Unfortunately, many patients find the apparatus bulky and uncomfortable and too often go without it in order to sleep.

Midlothian Family Dentistry offers alternative dental appliances to Midlothian and Richmond patients suffering from sleep apnea who want a more comfortable solution. Even for those who have severe symptoms, dental mouth pieces are more successful than not wearing the CPAP at all.

Dentists treat sleep apnea with a mouth guard designed to stop the obstruction of oxygen to the lungs. These devices are designed to keep the throat open, prevent tongue from moving back or bring the jaw forward preventing obstruction. Midlothian Family Dentistry's Dr. Crocker is dedicated to treating sleep apnea and provides patients with effective treatments to alleviate and resolve sleep disorders. 

If you have experienced any of the symptoms mentioned, please contact us for an appointment today. Midlothian Family Dentistry welcome patients from Midlothian and the surrounding Richmond area.