Sleep apnea may be affecting your overall health, and you may not even know it.
Sleep apnea is a common health concern that is affecting millions of people. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to major health concerns that can affect your quality of life. Finding the right solution to treat your sleep apnea can improve your quality of life, improve your sleep, and alleviate your symptoms.
Newport News dentist Dr. William Harper is one of the leading dentists in Virginia. Dr. Harper has dedicated numerous hours of continuous education in order to stay up to date on the latest advancements, technologies, and treatments in dentistry. Dr. Harper is committed to offering personalized, patient-focused dental care to provide patients with the solution they need to improve their oral health.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when there is a blockage in the airway. The blockage of the airways can be caused by soft tissue, the tongue, or failed throat muscles. During sleep apnea, the vital organs in the body aren’t receiving the necessary amount of oxygen for them to function properly.
What are the risks associated with sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious health concern that can affect the quality of your life. If left untreated, sleep apnea may lead to:
- heart attack
- heart failures
- headaches and migraines
- chronic dry mouth and sore throat
- high blood pressure
What are the signs of sleep apnea
Diagnosing sleep apnea requires the skill and knowledge of an experienced healthcare professional. During your visit, Dr. Harper can provide treatment that can alleviate your symptoms and help you get a good nights sleep. If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, be sure to visit your health care professional right away.
- Waking up gasping for air
- Dry mouth or a sore throat in the morning
- Headaches in the morning
- Difficulty concentrating
- Constantly waking during sleep
- Waking up feeling like you didn’t get a good nights rest
How is sleep apnea treated?
Dr. Harper provides patients with a personalized treatment plan to ensure their solution addresses their specific dental needs. After a comprehensive exam, Dr. Harper will be able to provide an appropriate treatment that works for you. To provide much-needed relief, Dr. Harper can create a custom-designed oral sleep device that allows air to pass through the airway properly. An oral sleep device can help gently reposition the teeth and jaw to prevent your soft tissues from blocking your airway.
In order to get you the care you need to treat your sleep apnea and eliminate your symptoms, Dr. Harper may work in coordination with local medical specialists, psychiatrists, ENT’s and neurologists to create an ideal plan for your needs. Through comprehensive, detailed treatment, patients can find much-needed relief and enjoy a restful sleep.
How do I schedule a consultation?
Dr. Harper is an active member of Jamison Spencer Study Club and the Spear Faculty Club, where he underwent extensive training from some of the top leaders in dentistry. Dr. Harper has dedicated countless hours of training to provide each patient with high quality, advanced dental care. If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, it is best to visit a trusted healthcare professional. Patients can schedule an appointment at Harper Dental in Poquoson, VA.