Sleep Apnea Treatment Specialist

Adrian Avram, DDS -  - General & Cosmetic Dentist

Tuckahoe Family Dentistry

Adrian Avram, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Henrico, VA

Obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which you stop breathing for brief periods while you sleep, can raise your risk of heart failure by 140%, and risk for stroke by 60%. It’s important to take obstructive sleep apnea seriously because of your health and even your life could depend on it. At Tuckahoe Family Dentistry in Henrico, Virginia, experienced dentist Adrian Avram, DDS, has proven obstructive sleep apnea treatment solutions to save your sleep and your health. Book an appointment online or by phone today.

Sleep Apnea Treatment Q & A

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which you have stop-and-start breathing while sleeping. If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, your throat muscles, tongue, tonsils, or your soft palate collapse in the back of your throat, which blocks your air supply. This typically triggers loud snoring, choking, and gasping for air, as you sleep. 

Sleep apnea sufferers can experience both apnea (total breathing loss for at least 10 seconds at a time) or hypoxia (partial breathing loss for 10 seconds or longer). 

On average, mild obstructive sleep apnea causes 5-14 episodes of apnea and/or hypoxia per hour. Moderate obstructive sleep apnea causes 15-29 episodes per hour, and severe obstructive sleep apnea causes 30 or more episodes per hour.

What are the dangers of obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a dangerous disease that requires treatment. Left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. It may also play a role in type 2 diabetes, depression, impotence, and other severe health and wellness problems. 

Am I at risk for obstructive sleep apnea?

The most common obstructive sleep apnea risk factors include: 

  • Extra weight
  • Hypertension
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Asthma
  • Smoking
  • Family history of the disease
  • Inherited narrow windpipe

If you’re at risk for obstructive sleep apnea because of controllable factors, it’s important to work with your physician to reduce your risk as much as possible.

What are the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea?

Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea often include:

  • Snoring
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Concentration problems
  • Irritability
  • Headaches when you wake up

If you experience some or all of these symptoms regularly, it’s important to see Dr. Avram at Tuckahoe Family Dentistry promptly for evaluation. If he suspects obstructive sleep apnea, he refers you to a trusted sleep medicine physician for a diagnosis.

What sleep apnea treatment is available?

Although healthy changes like losing excess weight and quitting smoking can help, most mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea sufferers need an oral appliance. 

Dr. Avram designs custom calibrated oral appliances to help your jaw maintain proper position as you sleep. This sleep apnea treatment prevents throat collapse and allows free breathing. Oral appliances look similar to a retainer, and most patients say they’re comfortable. 

For severe obstructive sleep apnea, your doctor may prescribe an airflow machine that forces you to breathe during sleep.

Click the online scheduler or call Tuckahoe Family Dentistry for sleep apnea treatment today.