Sleep apnea can occur at any age and in any gender. If left untreated, it can lead to high blood pressure and an increased risk for heart failure and stroke. This medical problem can also cause complications with medications or surgery. Therefore, Dr. Duke Kim now offers patients with sleep apnea treatment in Arlington, Virginia.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder marked by interruptions and pauses in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or collapsed tissues in the airway. If left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to several serious health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver problems.
Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep physician. We recommend that you talk to Dr. Duke Kim, as well as your doctor, if you suffer from the symptoms of sleep apnea.
Common signs of sleep apnea include:
• Extreme drowsiness during the day
• Personality changes and irritability
• Difficulty staying asleep
• Awakening with a very dry or sore throat
• Frequent morning headaches
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Your sleep apnea treatment will depend on the severity of your condition. If you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Duke Kim may recommend an oral appliance. The oral appliance works to treat obstructive sleep apnea by fitting over your teeth and keeping your airway open while you sleep. It can work by preventing the tongue from blocking the air passage or by holding your jaw in a position that prevents airway blockages during sleep.
As part of your treatment, Dr. Duke Kim offers MATRx and Continuous Open Airway Therapy (COAT)® by SomnoMed devices to treat obstructive sleep apnea. These devices help keep your airway open while you sleep. The appliances are most often recommended for those who have not responded well to CPAP or other traditional sleep apnea treatments.
To learn more about sleep apnea treatment in Arlington, Virginia, we invite you to contact us today at 703-664-1969. Our team of dental professionals will answer any questions you have and schedule an appointment with Dr. Duke Kim to discuss the available options to help you sleep better soon.