As more and more people understand the connection between sleep, nutrition, and exercise and how they contribute to a high quality of life, Coastal Virginia Sleep Solutions has worked with patients to improve their sleep through dental sleep medicine. Many dentists offer oral appliances to treat sleep apnea, but not all of them are as highly qualified, experienced, and trained as Chesapeake, VA dental sleep medicine provider Dr. William Harper. How do you know when it’s time to seek out a sleep medicine dentist?
What is Dental Sleep Medicine?
Dental sleep medicine focuses on the use of oral appliances to help treat sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. Quality sleep medicine providers will have a certification in dental sleep medicine by a non-profit organization. They’ll also have to have continuing education in sleep medicine by a qualified organization. If the provider doesn’t have these accreditations, you’re not getting the highest quality dental sleep provider.
What Can A Dental Sleep Medicine Provider Do For Me?
Sleep apnea poses a real risk to your health, and many patients do not know they have it. If you snore at night, often wake up tired or have problems with concentration and memory throughout the day, you may have sleep apnea. This means that your breathing is disrupted while you’re asleep, which reduces the amount of oxygen going to your brain and other organs.
This disruption of sleep can also cause extreme fatigue. You may think you’re getting a full eight hours of sleep, but it isn’t the deep sleep you need. You may feel tired throughout the day even when you thought you got a whole night of sleep. This can lead to problems with falling asleep while driving and doing other important tasks.
Sleep apnea also leads to an increase in the likelihood of you developing many health problems. You can have a sudden heart attack or stroke due to the lack of oxygen getting to your brain. Diabetes and high blood pressure are common, as are various other heart problems.
All of these things are risks if you have untreated sleep apnea. If you go to a dentist or doctor without legitimate certification and training, you may still have all these effects on your health. You may be putting your life into the hands of someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.
Chesapeake, VA Dental Sleep Medicine
At Coastal Virginia Sleep Solutions, you’ll get treatment from Dr. Harper, in the top 1% of dentists that specialize in sleep medicine. With his additional education and training, you get someone who’s extremely experienced in the field and can get you the help you need. Call us today at 757.600.0861 or schedule an appointment online to get started!