Snoring is considered a harmless bad habit, although this can be true in some cases, for others it may be an indicator for a more serious or potentially life-threatening health issue.
Today 1 in 15 people suffer from sleep apnea and do not even know it. There are a few symptoms you may be experiencing from excessive or chronic fatigue to loud snoring, waking in the night choking or gasping for air or possibly suffering from headaches on a daily basis; chances are if you do, you may be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a patient’s airway becomes blocked during sleep, reducing the patient’s amount of oxygen causing the brain to send out emergency signals, alarming the patient the need to wake up and readjust through the night. This can happen up to hundreds of times a night and lead to extreme exhaustion, obesity or excessive weight gain, inflammation of the adenoids and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction or TMD.
Perhaps you have already been diagnosed by your medical doctor and have had a sleep study and used a CPAP machine but have failed to use it successfully or have found it to be cumbersome. There are alternatives; Dr. Mostafa Aboulkhair is an LVI Global- trained dentist that has studied sleep apnea extensively. He can provide patients with an oral sleep appliance that fits comfortably in the mouth and opens the airway allowing you a safe, comfortable and good night’s rest.
We recommend the oral sleep appliance known as Micro O2; this device is used comfortably and accepted by most patients. Micro 02 works to minimize airway blockage, stabilizing the tongue and lower jaw throughout the night. It is simple to use similar to a retainer, night guard or an athletic guard you may have used in your past.
If you are ready to get a good night’s sleep and wake up refreshed and recharged, our oral sleep appliance is for you. Call our Fairfax dental office for a consultation and appointment with Dr.Mostafa Aboulkhair and his team at 703-218-8142.