We offer sleep apnea devices and snoring devices. Lots of people out there don't have sleep apnea, but they snore. We have made tons of these devices for people that their spouses told them they don't want them in their bedroom anymore because they keep them awake all night. As a matter of fact, we had one young lady that came to me and said, my fiancé said he wouldn't marry me if I kept snoring. So, I made her a snoring device: it's just two little trays that fit on the upper teeth, the lower teeth—they’re held together with a strap and it protrudes your jaw, just like this. As a matter of fact, I have one myself. Next time she came in, she showed me her engagement ring and she got married and she has a child now too. So, these devices really work.
Sleep apnea prevents good rest for you as well as anyone who shares a bedroom with you. Biggers Family Dentistry wants to make sure you get a chance to sleep soundly. Ask us about sleep apnea treatment in Midlothian, VA.
Trust the decades of experience of Dr. Hood Biggers, Midlothian, VA dentist, and find out what he can do to help you defeat your sleep apnea symptoms. Call our office today at 804-621-2199 to set up your free sleep apnea consultation, and enjoy restful sleep again at night.
An Oral Appliance Can Help You Sleep Soundly
Our Midlothian, VA dentist at Biggers Family Dentistry offers oral appliances that help alleviate the blockage in your throat and keep you sleeping the whole night through. The appliance pushes your lower jaw out just enough to make sure your airway remains clear while you rest. The appliances also usually put an end to your snoring, so other family members can sleep too!
Many people prefer an oral appliance to a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, another common treatment for sleep apnea. Compared to a CPAP, an oral appliance is:
- Less obstructive. A CPAP is worn over your nose or mouth, and some models are bulky. In contrast, you can still talk or take a drink while wearing an oral appliance.
- Silent. Some CPAPs are noisy, which can bother a bedmate. You won’t need to worry about noise with an appliance.
- Easier to transport. An oral appliance can be stowed in a small case that easily fits in a pocket or purse. A CPAP is bigger, so it can’t be carried as easily. And you’ll have to travel with electrical cords and/or adapters when you take along your CPAP.
What Is Sleep Apnea, Exactly?
Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing periodically throughout the night. These episodes can happen multiple times per hour while you are trying to sleep. It happens when your tongue or other soft tissue blocks your airway. Symptoms include:
- Excessive snoring
- Sore throat
- Mood swings
Some risk factors are:
- Over age 40
- Large tonsils or tongue
- Family history of sleep apnea