It is estimated that about a half million adults suffer from snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), making them two of the most common sleep disorders. In addition to keeping a patient from getting a good night’s sleep, snoring and/or sleep apnea can also present a serious health risk and have been associated with cardiovascular and systemic disease.
If you snore or think you have OSA, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Christopher Banks. If you’re a candidate, we can fabricate a snore guard and/or refer you to a specialist for treatment.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
Diagnosing a sleep-related breathing disorder such as OSA typically involves the dentist as well as the patient’s physician and/or other specialists. Diagnostic imaging such as x-rays may be done to examine the airway and look for signs of blockage. A sleep study may be performed, either at home or at a specialist’s office, to evaluate the quality of sleep.
Treatment for Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Dr. Banks offers oral appliance therapy to address the complications of snoring and reduce the health risks associated with OSA. Left untreated, OSA can significantly increase the risk of stroke and heart attack and impact the severity of systemic disease such as diabetes. Patients with OSA repeatedly stop breathing throughout the night, reducing oxygen flow to internal organs and causing the patient to awaken with a loud snore as breathing is restored. Although many patients are unaware of their snoring, many experience similar daytime symptoms related to the disorder.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Daytime sleepiness, ability to fall asleep easily while reading, watching television or driving
- Loud snoring and/or gasping while sleeping
- Dry mouth
- Frequent headaches
- Poor concentration, mood and mental clarity
Schedule a Consultation
If you or a loved one snores, discuss this with Dr. Banks at your next visit to his Chevy Chase dentist office. Treating a sleep disorder can restore overall health for both the patient and those affected by their snoring. Call 202.769.0324 or request an appointment online.