Sleep apnea is a growing health concern that affects millions of adults. Sleep disorders are a serious health concern that can detrimentally affect a patient’s daily quality of life. Obstructive sleep apnea increases a patient’s risk of developing stroke and sudden heart attack. OSA impacts your sleep and your daily life, leading to a range of symptoms that all too often go undiagnosed.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Recognizing the common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea can help patients seek treatment. Early diagnosis is important to deter additional consequences associated with sleep apnea. Signs of sleep apnea include any of the following symptoms:
- Loud snoring
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Frequent waking during the night
- Feeling tired or groggy, even after a “good night’s sleep”
- Difficulty concentrating
- Chronic fatigue
Dr. Banks offers comprehensive treatment for sleep apnea. Coordinating with a patient’s general physician, Dr. Banks will obtain the results of your sleep study to determine the type of sleep apnea the patient is experiencing. From there, a treatment plan will be created that will address any oral health concerns and to prevent OSA.
Who is at risk for OSA?
Anyone could develop sleep apnea. Any patient showing signs of sleep apnea should seek treatment. However, there are certain demographics that are more susceptible to developing the condition.
- Over 45 years of age
- Being overweight
- A large neck circumference
- Being a smoker
- Being diabetic
Treatment for Sleep Apnea in Inwood, WV
The CPAP remains the “gold standard” for the treatment of sleep apnea, but patient compliance is often low due to embarrassment, inconvenience and discomfort. An alternative to the CPAP, Dr. Banks offer oral appliance therapy for the treatment of mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy is similar to a sports mouth guard. A custom-fit oral appliance, the oral sleep device is worn at night to reposition the jaw and prevent the soft tissues at the back of the throat from collapsing and blocking the airway. This allows oxygen to flow normally through the body for a better night’s rest.
The comfort, convenience and portability of an oral appliance for sleep apnea can lead to greater compliance, the key to reducing the health risks associated with sleep apnea and restoring your quality of life.
Schedule A Consultation
If you believe that you may have sleep apnea or have been told that you snore loudly or gasp in your sleep, schedule a visit with Dr. Banks. Call our Inwood, WV dentist office or schedule a consultation online. We proudly serve West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland with over 30 years of quality dental experience. We accept new patients from Shepherdstown, WV, Martinsburg, WV, Charles Town, WV, Winchester, VA, Leesburg, VA, Hagerstown, MD and Jefferson County areas.