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Best Sleep Apnea Treatments Northern Virginia

September 3, 2019

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).

This method uses a machine that delivers air pressure through a mask while you sleep. With the support from the machine, the air pressure is greater than the surrounding air and is just enough to keep your upper airway passages open, preventing snoring. So far, it’s been the most common method of treating sleep apnea.

However, this may not be the best sleep apnea treatment in Northern Virginia. Some patients find it uncomfortable and give up on the CPAP machine because the mask could be cumbersome. Beside general CPAP, there are also other airway pressure devices that either adjust the air pressure automatically or supply bi-level positive airway pressure. These machines can adjust the pressure when inhale or exhale based on the weight of the patient.

Many doctors recommend a CPAP machine or traditional dental appliances, which in our opinion, only treat symptoms. In other words, this means that unless something else changes, you will be “gearing” up for bed the rest of your life.

Oral Surgery

Surgery is recommended when other non-surgical treatments have failed. Not very many people have to get surgery, unless they have got a certain jaw structure problems. Usually, non-surgical treatment options are suggested and applied for a 3-month period before changing to others.

Surgical solutions include many procedures. Depending on the structure of the patient’s oral tissues and jaw structure, different options might be applied. Those are Tissue Removal, Tissue Shrinkage, Jaw Repositioning, Implants, Nerve Stimulation, and Creating a New Air Passageway (Tracheostomy).

 

Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT).

OAT is the ideal treatment option for most patients with sleep apnea. This is a small plastic or metal device that is kept in the patient’s mouth during sleep (often compared to a sports mouth guard) and helps keep the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing and keeping the airway open. Some examples of OAT recommended for Sleep Apnea Treatment include:

SomnoDent® sleep apnea oral appliance

This oral appliance is custom-fitted dental device that helps treat sleep apnea by moving the lower jaw slightly forward into a comfortable position, enabling the relaxation of the back-throat which helps prevent the tongue from collapsing and blocking the airway. Thus, this forward movement keeps the airway open, preventing apneas. It is a safe, easy-to-wear and comfortable for patients.

 

ALF (Advanced Lightwire Functionals)

This type of oral appliance is known for enhancing neurological function and a more aesthetically balanced face by mimicking the optimal developmental forces intended by nature. The goal of the ALF appliance is to improve overall health, total body function and balance of the face while providing a more effective and SIMPLER solution than ever to common issues. This is one of our top pick for the best sleep apnea treatments in Northern Virginia.

 

Benefits of ALF Orthodontics:

  1. Corrects Crowding of Teeth by creating more room in the mouth for the teeth to fit side-by-side
  2. Drastically Improves Sleep Quality
  3. Improves Tongue Position and Function
  4. Expansion of natural mouth shape
  5. Improves the Size of the Airway (Mouth and Nose)
  6. Decreases TMJ Disorder
  7. Improves Bite or Occlusion
  8. Improves Breathing Through the Nose
  9. Decreases or Eliminates the need for complex orthodontics and braces
  10. Improves Sinus Drainage
  11. Improves Overall Balance of the Facial Bones
  12. Improves Posture

ALF utilizes principles of growth and development. As no two patients are the same, no two ALF appliances are the same! We specifically select and modify your appliance to your individual needs so as to aid your body to build on its strengths and overcome the weaknesses. To read more about ALF, please visit: https://www.dentalexcellenceva.com/alternatives.html

DNA Appliance (Daytime Nighttime Appliance)

The new DNA Appliance is a painless, non-surgical dental appliance that works with the natural process of your body to improve the airway, as well as craniofacial health. This device treats the teeth, jaw and TMJ (temporomandibular joints) using similar forces to the ALF appliance by engaging the patient’s underlying genetics without the use of any surgery! More severe TMJ and sleep apnea cases may require this device. When you are looking for the best sleep apnea treatments in Northern Virginia, this device may be the one for you.

This virtually painless technique consists of expanding the upper arch in three dimensions, which in turn increases the size of the nasal cavity. As the upper arch is widened, the lower jaw is able to move forward so as to set in a more natural position. This motion pulls the tongue and soft tissues forward as well to increase the dimension of the airway. It is proven that patient’s breathing is drastically eased.

Along with the life-lengthening results of this appliance, patients also notice that the face fills out more naturally and balanced, resulting in an effect similar to those produced with fillers and surgical face lifts.

At Dental Excellence Integrative Center, we have different solutions for you easy-to-apply solution for that problem! Custom-fit by a dentist, our oral devices treat snoring and help the airway more open by moving the lower jaw slightly forward. This forward movement keeps the airway open, preventing apneas.

Non-surgical Advanced Laser-assisted Snoring treatment

In Dental Excellence Integrative Center, we also apply the special Advanced Laser therapy to help patients improve their sleep quality. This therapy strengthens patient’s inner oral tissues, which significantly reduce the sleep apnea negative effects. This airway-tightening technique is considered safe and the most convenient because patients don’t have to wear any appliances or suffer any surgery. The laser therapy utilizes non-invasive light wavelength to stimulate the collagen production inside patient’s mouth. The result is more significant over time because this method helps generate more and more collagen into the tissue. Thus, this continuous process tightens the airway and opens the airway clearer. Due to the latest and innovative technology of the Lightwalker® Laser machine, these treatments are:

- No Pain or Discomfort

- Non-Invasive

-No Pain, Scalpels, or Sutures

-No Surgery

-Lessens effects of Snoring

-Highly Successful Rate

-Safe & Patient Friendly

Best Sleep Apnea Treatments Northern Virginia

Contact our office today to learn more about the best sleep apnea treatments in Northern Virginia. Schedule at our office in Del Ray, Alexandria for a complimentary consultation.