Sleep Apnea in Ashburn

Get Help For Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep disorder in America. At Dulles Life Smiles, Dr. Gino can help you get the care you need for a restful night of sleep. Contact us now for an appointment.

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the top signs of sleep apnea

Wondering what the top signs of sleep apnea may be, and how to recognize it in yourself or in your sleeping partner? Here are a few of the most common signs you can look out for to detect sleep apnea.

Snoring with choking/gasping notes

Snoring alone does not necessarily mean that you have sleep apnea. However, if you frequently snore and have interruptions in snoring that are accompanied by gasping or choking, this is a very common sign of sleep apnea.

poor quality sleep

Sleep apnea interferes with your ability to get a restful night of sleep. You may toss and turn and have insomnia, feel poorly-rested even after sleeping for 7-8 hours or longer, and feel drowsy during the day.

personality Changes

Sleep apnea can make you feel more irritable, contribute to mood swings, cause you to have problems focusing or paying attention, and even decrease your sex drive.

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What is sleep apnea

The most common type of sleep apnea is Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA for short. In this condition, the soft tissues of the throat and palate sag during sleep, and block the airway for a short period of time, typically between 2-10 seconds.

This can happen dozens or hundreds of times per night. Every time your airway is obstructed, proper breathing and blood oxygenation are interrupted, which can interfere with the quality of your sleep and cause short-term effects like daytime drowsiness and low-quality sleep.

However, the long-term effects of sleep apnea are even more serious. Due to the frequent interruptions in breathing and blood oxygenation, sleep apnea can contribute to a higher risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and other potentially life-threatening conditions. 

Sleep Apnea Treatment options

The most common method of treating sleep apnea is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. This consists of a pump with a mask that covers the mouth and nose, and delivers a gently-pressurized stream of air into the lungs. This prevents the collapse of tissue in your airway, preventing sleep apnea.

Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) at Dulles Life Smiles is another option for minor-to-moderate apnea. This treatment uses an oral appliance that looks similar to a night guard for teeth grinding. This device shifts your jaw into a healthier position as you sleep, which prevents tissue from sagging and blocking your airway.

Along with these treatments, most doctors also recommend lifestyle changes, such as sleeping on the back or side, losing weight, ceasing smoking, stopping the use of alcohol or sedative medications, and other such changes that can help eliminate sleep apnea.