Sleep apnea is a chronic medical concern that can create oral and systemic health problems. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) causes the airway to become blocked during sleep. When the airway becomes blocked the patient loses oxygen and is unable to breathe. Patients suffering from OSA often wake up multiple times during the night gasping for air. These episodes of the airway closing and reopening can happen many times during sleep sometimes up to 30 times per hour. When the body’s oxygen flow is interrupted vital organs, including the brain and heart can be damaged.
It is very important to get diagnoses and treated if you suffer from sleep apnea. Diagnosing a sleep disorder will typically involve your physician and/or other specialists. Dr. William Harper will work with your general practitioner to coordinate a sleep test to get an accurate diagnosis. If it is shown that you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, Dr. Harper works alongside your physician to provide the proper treatment. Coastal Virginia Sleep Solutions is currently welcoming patients from Williamsburg, VA for the treatment of sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Once you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and other more dangerous conditions have been ruled out, then your physician can begin treatment. If they decide oral appliance therapy is a suitable treatment option, then Dr. Harper can begin the process of finding the right oral appliance for you.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is an excellent way to treat sleep apnea and it helps avoid the go-to standard treatment, the CPAP machine. Oral appliances are scientifically tested and very effective for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea and for patients with severe sleep apnea who are CPAP intolerant.
An oral sleep device is similar to a sports mouthguard or orthodontic retainer. These small devices are worn in the mouth during sleep to keep the airway open. Coastal Virginia Sleep Solutions offers many types of oral sleep devices to patients from Williamsburg, VA and is always evaluating new designs. The right oral device can be chosen after an examination of the mouth by Dr. Harper. The oral device will be carefully fabricated to the specifications of the patient’s mouth.
An oral sleep appliance is designed to readjust your bite to keep your tongue from rolling to the back of your mouth during sleep. It actually pushes the lower jaw to a forward position, holding it in a stable position. This will keep your airway open, allowing you to breathe normally during sleep.
Why Choose Coastal Virginia Sleep Solutions for the Treatment of Sleep Apnea?
Dr. Harper has spent many hours researching oral devices and has completed additional training through the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and a Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency at the University of North Carolina. He has reached the status of Diplomate in the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine making him extremely qualified to offer sleep apnea treatment. Dr. Harper is the only dentist in the Williamsburg, VA area that is this qualified to offer this level of treatment. He is truly committed to dental sleep medicine and to helping his patients find solutions for their sleep disorders.