Sleep Apnea Alexandria, VA

Do you snore? Wake up still feeling tired and groggy in the morning?

While many of us snore during sleep, consistent snoring should be evaluated to determine if you are suffering from a potentially dangerous sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In addition to affecting the quality of your sleep each night, OSA also affects your overall health and puts you at an increasing risk for both cardiovascular and systemic related diseases.

Alexandria Dental Health & Smile Studio in downtown Alexandria offers diagnosis and treatment for sleep disorders, including sleep apnea. Restoring a good night’s sleep with effective MicrO2 oral appliance therapy will also improve your overall health and well-being. Patients who with sleep apnea are more likely to experience a wide range of health conditions as a result of the lack of oxygen flow. MicrO2 oral sleep appliances open the airway allowing patients to get a healthy and restful nights sleep.sleep apnea treatment northern va

Why Choose Us?

As a dentist, Dr. Mazhari has an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of the mouth and jaw. She can effectively evaluate how your bite, neck position and overall health is affecting your breathing and increasing the possibility of a sleep related disorder.

A graduate of the Las Vegas Institute, Dr. Mazhari has remained committed to advancing both her knowledge and treatment options through continuing study in all aspects of dental care. This includes the diagnosis and treatment of complex dental concerns and related problems such as sleep apnea. Dr. Mazhari will take the time to discuss your medical history, lifestyle habits and other factors that affect your oral health in order to provide a personalized plan of care that will address symptoms and improve your overall health.

If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms of sleep apnea or are concerned that you are at risk for developing a sleep related disorder, schedule a visit with Dr. Mazhari in our Alexandria dentist office. Contact us at 703-246-1945 or request an appointment online.

Common Signs of Sleep Apnea

Understanding the impact of sleep apnea on your overall health and recognizing the common symptoms is important when seeking treatment. Common signs of sleep apnea can include:

  • Feeling groggy or sleepy during the day
  • Dry mouth in the morning
  • Snoring
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restless sleep, sudden waking

Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea has become a growing epidemic among adults today, with new patients being diagnosed at an increasing rate each year. This is a result of both an increased awareness and increase in patients affected by common risk factors:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Being a smoker
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having a large neck circumference
  • Chronic nasal congestion

Sleep apnea is also more prevalent among males, especially over the age of 50. If you are not sure if you have sleep apnea, take this quiz to see if you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Mazhari.

Treating OSA with Oral Appliance Therapy

Dr. Mazhari is proud to offer MicrO2 Sleep and Snore oral appliance from Prosomnus. MicroO2 oral sleep appliance therapy is an effective treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea. An effective and convenient alternative to the CPAP, a custom made oral appliance fits much like a sports mouth guard. Patients can speak clearly and consume liquids while wearing it.

Dr. Mazhari chooses to use MicrO2 oral sleep appliances for their effective and quality results. In just 7 days your custom designed appliance will be ready to help you protect your oral and systemic health. MicrO2 uses a unique metal free material for optimal comfort.

Oral appliance therapy helps patients enjoy a much greater compliance rate when compared to the traditional CPAP machine, an important factor in the effectiveness of your treatment. Small, convenient and somewhat discreet, your oral appliance is easy to take along when traveling and will resolve common symptoms such as snoring by repositioning the jaw for normal breathing.

Dr. Mazhari may also recommend the use of TENS, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, to relax your muscles and enable proper bite alignment. In many cases, tension in the jaw as a result of either symptoms or treatment lead to an uncomfortable bite and headaches. This therapy to relax the jaw muscles will allow the bite to rest in its natural position and alleviate pressure on the joints, cranial nerves, and surrounding tissue.