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Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that has the potential to be very dangerous. It involves interruptions in your breathing while you sleep. In fact, sleep apnea causes your breathing to repeatedly stop and start throughout the night. If you have questions about sleep apnea in Virginia Beach, Virginia, our oral surgeons, Dr. Ford, Dr. Guter and Dr. Gray, are happy to help you find the answers you’re looking for. To give you the information you need, they are happy to answer commonly asked questions about sleep apnea here:

Q: What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
A: Symptoms include snoring loudly, feeling tired after a full night’s sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, insomnia, loud breathing, dry mouth, dry throat, fatigue, loud breathing, headaches, mood swings and more.

Q: How can my oral surgeons treat my sleep apnea?
A: Your oral surgeons can help you by prescribing a special oral appliance to you. This appliance is only worn during sleep and it can help you by supporting the jaw in a foreword position to help you keep an open airway.

Q: What are other treatments for sleep apnea?
A: In addition to using an oral appliance as well as a CPAP machine prescribed to you by your doctor, you can also try losing weight, quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol, avoiding sleeping pills, avoiding sedatives before bed, exercising regularly, avoiding caffeine and heavy meals before bed, and maintaining regular sleep hours.

If you have any questions that weren’t included in this blog, or if you would like to learn more about sleep apnea in Virginia Beach, Virginia, please contact our dental team at Oral Surgery of Tidewater by dialing (757) 544-9192. We are happy to help you in any way we can!