Sleep Apnea Specialist

Dlight Dental

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Washington, DC & Rockville, MD

Sleep apnea is a common condition that affects about 22 million Americans. When left untreated, it increases the risk of more serious health problems like diabetes and heart disease. At Dlight Dental, the team treats sleep apnea in people of all ages with custom oral appliances. To request an appointment at the practice in Washington, DC, call the office to speak with a caring staff member or click the online tool.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

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What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. 

If you wake up most mornings feeling groggy or unrested, or you wake up frequently during sleep, it’s important to seek professional help. Without diagnosis and treatment, sleep apnea can lead to more serious health problems.

Who is at risk of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans, but several factors increase your risk, including:

  • Being overweight
  • Being middle-aged or older
  • Smoking
  • Using alcohol or sedatives
  • Chronic nasal congestion

You’re also more likely to experience sleep apnea if you have an underlying medical condition like congestive heart failure, diabetes, or high blood pressure.

What are the types of sleep apnea?

At Dlight Dental the team treats all three types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea causes the muscles in the back of your throat to relax. That causes the muscles to block your airflow, triggering you to wake up gasping. 

Central sleep apnea

Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain fails to send signals to your respiratory system. 

Complex sleep apnea

Complex sleep apnea mixes characteristics of central and obstructive sleep apnea. It’s the most serious type of sleep apnea and potentially life-threatening.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty focusing and paying attention
  • Waking up with a dry mouth

Many people with sleep apnea also experience frequent morning headaches. 

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

Only a medical doctor can diagnose sleep apnea, so you’ll need a referral from your primary care physician. If your doctor determines that you’re at risk, either through a physical exam or sleep study, schedule an appointment with the team at Dlight Dental’s Washington, DC, location.

How is sleep apnea treated?

At Dlight Dental, the team treats sleep apnea with custom oral appliances. These plastic mouthpieces push your lower jaw slightly forward, allowing for improved airflow. 

To ensure the oral appliance meets your needs, the team takes digital impressions of your teeth. Then, they send your impressions to a laboratory that creates a custom mouthpiece. When the lab completes your appliance, you visit Dlight Dental to try it on. Your provider makes adjustments as necessary, ensuring a comfortable fit.

Request an appointment for sleep apnea treatment at Dlight Dental by calling the nearest office to speak with a caring administrative staff member or clicking the online tool.