If you or a loved one suffers from snoring or excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep apnea may be the culprit. Sleep apnea is a medical disorder which causes your body to stop breathing during sleep. What happens is that the muscles in your throat relax and your tongue may fall back and block your airway, as you sleep, in a way that reduces the amount of oxygen delivered to all of your organs; including your brain and heart.
Our Fairfax Dentist, Dr. Pamela Marzban has the latest technology available for sleep studies for our in-house sleep apnea program. She can work with you to provide relief from your snoring and help you get the healthy, full night’s sleep that enhances concentration and well-being. Call 703-323-8200 for your sleep apnea consultation.
Sleep apnea can adversely affect the way you breathe when you are sleeping. If left untreated, breathing can pause or stop from between 10 to 20 seconds hundreds of times a night. Consequently, sleep apnea sufferers will spend less time in the kind of deep, mentally restorative sleep which makes you feel energized the next day.
The WatchPAT ™ is an FDA-approved portable diagnostic device which uses innovative technology to ensure accurate sleep apnea screening, detection and follow-up treatment. It is an ambulatory device which allows for meaningful sleep testing in the comfort of your own bedroom environment.
With this precise, user-friendly ambulatory sleep apnea monitor, our Fairfax dentist, Dr. Pamela Marzban gets real-time access to expert PSG sleep analysis with actual sleep times and sleep states. The precision information provided means that your sleep apnea receives highly individualized, custom, healthy treatment.
Types of Sleep Apnea
Getting your sleep back on track means that you can enjoy feeling alert and refreshed every day. The main types of sleep apnea are:
- Central sleep apnea – less common type which occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscles which control breathing, snoring is not a symptom
- Obstructive sleep apnea – most common type which occurs when soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes during sleep, blocking airways and causing loud snoring
- Complex sleep apnea – combination of central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea
To find out how oral appliances such as the MicrO2 can provide sleep apnea and snoring relief, please contact Dr. Pamela Marzban today to set up your initial consultation in our northern Virginia office.