Sleep Apnea and Snoring Therapy
Dentist in Hagerstown
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.
Sleep apnea may be caused by genetics, poor posture, allergies, enlarged tonsils, and other issues. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea. This is caused by airways in the throat and mouth collapsing during sleep. 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
- Weight gain
If left untreated, sleep apnea increases risks of:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Low birth weight babies
- Erectile dysfunction
- Early onset dementia
- Other serious health complications
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, contact Valley Dental Associates for a consultation. Dr. Winebrenner can provide you with effective treatment options to improve your sleep and your health.
Snore appliances are a form of treatment for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can disrupt sleep because it causes the muscles of the airway to block airflow. A snore appliance can be used to keep the airway open during sleep and promote adequate air intake.
Valley Dental Associates is a Medicare provider. Medicare offers medical billing and reimbursement for sleep apnea and snoring appliances. Call our office for more information.