Sleep Apnea Treatment in Glen Allen

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What are the Signs of Sleep Apnea?

Loud snoring throughout the night
Insomnia, irritability, or chronic tiredness even after a full night’s sleep
Painful morning headaches
Waking up at night gasping for air
What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. Apnea events are characterized by a decrease or complete cessation of airflow at periodic intervals throughout the night. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly, and you feel tired even after a full night's sleep. Other symptoms of sleep apnea are painful morning headaches, insomnia, and irritability. At the Center for Oral and Facial Surgery, we offer life-changing solutions to patients to give them restful sleep along with more energy throughout the day. Give us a call at (804) 556-1233 to learn about our treatment options.

How is sleep apnea treated?

During your consultation, Dr. Herrera will assess your situation to determine the severity of your case. Depending on your individual needs, Dr. Herrera may suggest a number of different treatment options from lifestyle changes to corrective surgery.

Most moderate cases of sleep apnea can be treated with custom night guards or CPAP machines. Night guards can adjust the position of the jaw so that your airway stays open throughout the night, allowing you to breathe comfortably while you sleep. CPAP machines help keep your airway open with pressurized air delivered through a mask. This allows you to breathe freely without obstruction throughout the night. Give us a call today to learn more about our treatment options and how we can help.

What is a CPAP machine?

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. The CPAP machine is made up of three different parts: a small box with a motorized fan inside, a comfortable mask, and a hose that connects the two. The fan inside the CPAP machine very quietly draws air from the room, gently pressurizes it, then delivers it at a setting specific to your needs. This helps keep your airway open, and the pressurized air provides the support necessary for you to breathe freely as you sleep.

When is sleep apnea considered severe?

Diagnosis of sleep apnea and its severity is often based on a combination of patient history and multiple tests. These tests will measure the number and length of apnea events while you sleep. Apnea events are characterized by a decrease or complete cessation of airflow, and the severity of your condition is dependent on how many and how long these events occur throughout the night. Severe cases of sleep apnea can be treated with corrective surgery at the Center for Oral and Facial Surgery.

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