Sleep Apnea Treatment – Stephens City, VA
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About 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, which is a condition where someone experiences brief but frequent lapses in breathing during sleep, ruining their sleep quality. If you believe that you might have this condition or if you’ve already been diagnosed, Dr. Gromling can offer you a conservative and effective solution in the form of oral appliance therapy. It’s comfortable, it’s safe, and it’s proven to help people with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea enjoy restful nights and energetic mornings.
Why Choose Thomas A. Gromling, DDS for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
- Custom-made sleep appliances for every patient
- Proven CPAP alternative
- Can help stop snoring the very first night
What is Sleep Apnea?
When we lay down to go to sleep, the tissues in our mouth and throat naturally relax. For some people, these tissues relax so much that they actually block the airway and stop breathing. The body reacts to this by partially waking up to restore normal respiration, and this can happen again and again throughout the night without someone realizing it. The result is that the sleep cycle is constantly being interrupted and cut short, preventing someone from getting the deep sleep they need to feel awake the next day.
The Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Chronic exhaustion is very common for people with sleep apnea simply because their body isn’t getting the rest it needs. This can lower a person’s quality of life dramatically, and it also makes them much more likely to get in a motor vehicle accident. Sleep apnea also causes a severe spike in blood pressure that can linger for many hours even after someone is breathing normally. This heightens the risk for conditions like stroke and heart attack. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, about 35,000 cardiovascular-related deaths every year can be directly tied to sleep apnea.
Loud, persistent snoring is also a prominent symptom of sleep apnea. This occurs when the airway is only partially blocked, but it’s usually the precursor to full obstruction. Just because someone snores does not automatically mean that they have sleep apnea, but they are certainly at a higher risk of developing it in the future. Plus, snoring can be very, very disturbing to others, straining relationships in the process. Fortunately, the same solution Dr. Gromling offers for sleep apnea can also be used as an effective snoring treatment, leading to quieter nights for everyone.
An Alternative to CPAP: Oral Appliance Therapy
Traditionally, sleep apnea is treated with a CPAP machine, but over the last few years, oral appliance therapy has become much more popular. Instead of wearing a noisy air pump to bed, a patient simply wears a mouthpiece designed by Dr. Gromling. It slightly adjusts the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open throughout the night. He can provide a number of different oral appliances based on a patient’s particular needs:
The Herbst consists of two thin guards that go over the top and bottom rows of teeth that are connected by two small, telescoping metal arms. It is a very light appliance that doesn’t take up much room in the mouth, and it allows a patient to maintain the full range of motion for their jaw.
The DynaFlex Dorsal comes in two pieces that are custom-shaped to a patient’s teeth. The appliance is adjustable, so it can provide effective treatment while also being completely comfortable. The outer surface is made of durable acrylic, while the interior is soft to make it easy to wear throughout the night.
ProSomnus appliances are some of the most popular on the market today. Made of high-quality plastic, they fit directly over the teeth and allow a patient to speak and drink normally while being worn, helping them slip seamlessly into any bedtime routine.
Partnered with the Winchester Area's Top Sleep Physicians
In order to help our sleep apnea patients get the care they need, Dr. Gromling has teamed up with a network of trusted sleep physicians. He can point you to a sleep physician in your area who can give you a sleep test, which is necessary before receiving an oral appliance. Working closely with them, he can find the ideal treatment to help you finally get the rest you need. They’ll also collaborate on your follow-up care to ensure you’re enjoying long-term results.