Health

What Do Dentists Know About Snoring?

There are some dentists who have acquired the advanced training to treat snoring and sleep apnea, both of which can be very serious health disorders. People with one or both of these symptoms have an increased likelihood of heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, excessive sleepiness, obesity and a host of other disorders. Many people who snore eventually develop sleep apnea, a condition wherein the tongue blocks the airway and causes breathing to stop. This can become a life-threatening condition.

With a diagnosis and referral from a board-certified sleep specialist, a dentist with advanced sleep dentistry training can often treat your sleep apnea with a small custom fitted oral appliance. The device fits like a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer and most often prevents the airway from collapsing by supporting the jaw in a slightly forward position.

If you or someone you know suffer from snoring or sleep apnea, contact a trained dentist for a consultation and screening.

About the author

Lisa Marie Samaha, D.D.S

Port Warwick Dental Arts
757.223.9270
www.pwdentalarts.com

The Art of 21st-Century Dentistry can improve your appearance, comfort, health and knowledge through a wide range of dental services using the most modern technology. Located in Newport News, Virginia, and serving patients in Wlliamsburg, Yorktown, and Hampton, as well as across the country and around the globe, Port Warwick Dental Arts utilizes a variety of remarkable technologies and treatments to enhance your dental experience and fulfill your vision for a beautiful, healthy smile.
Dr. Samaha values the health of her patients and adheres to a holistic, whole body healthy lifestyle. She encourages healthy lifestyle practices, including positive nutritional choices that support teeth and gums. Having a healthy body promotes general good health, and this enhances her patients’ teeth and gums, and helps them have a beautiful smile. When making choices for her own dental protocols in her practice, she offers mercury safe dental care.