If you snore loudly or suffer from morning headaches, Drs. Liang and Liang may treat sleep apnea in Potomac, Maryland. Our orthodontists provide oral appliances that keep the airways open during sleep. Feel free to contact Liang Orthodontics at 301-983-3132 for more information and to schedule your appointment.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder marked by interruptions and pauses in breathing. It is rarely noticed by the person affected by it. Frequently, family members are the first to notice the symptoms of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep physician. If you notice any symptoms of sleep apnea, speak with your doctor as well as with our orthodontists to receive the appropriate treatment. Signs of sleep apnea include:
- Extreme drowsiness during the day
- Irritability and personality changes
- Difficulty in staying asleep at night
- Waking up with a dry or sore throat
- Frequent headaches in the morning
The more serious form of this disorder, obstructive sleep apnea, is caused by blockages in the airways, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or collapsed tissues. If left untreated, sleep apnea can be life-threatening, and can contribute to other serious medical conditions, such as heart disease and high blood pressure.
The treatment for sleep apnea depends on the severity of your condition. Our orthodontists may recommend an oral appliance for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Oral sleep devices prevent the tongue from blocking the airways, or hold your jaw in a position that prevents blockages in your air passages, allowing you to rest better at night.
We invite you to contact our practice today to schedule your consultation with our orthodontists and learn more about sleep apnea treatments.