Snoring & Sleep Apnea Solutions

Lloyd F. Moss, Jr., DDS & Lloyd F. Moss, III, DDS

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Solutions in Fredericksburg, VA

Snoring is a nuisance and can keep you and your partner from getting a good night’s sleep. But, if you or your partner notices you gasping or that your breathing stops completely at any time, you may have a serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea. Snoring and sleep apnea are caused when the tongue and other soft tissues of the mouth and throat relax too far, narrowing or closing your airway. The sound is caused by the vibration of the uvula and soft palate in the back of the mouth as air tries to rush through.

Sleep Studies

The best way to determine if you have simple snoring or the more serious obstructive sleep apnea is to have a medical sleep study performed. Dr. Moss will work with your personal physician or with a local sleep center to help you get the tests you need for a professional diagnosis.

CPAP Machines: Sleep Apnea Treatment

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, machines are the most effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. They keep the airway open while you sleep, so you do not snore or stop breathing. Though CPAP machines are considered the best treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, some people have trouble using them and need an alternative.

Dental Solutions for Snoring and Sleep Apnea

You may not have heard of dentists treating snoring and sleep apnea, but we can create customized oral mouthpiece appliances or mouthguards to keep your airway in an open position while you sleep. The dental appliance option is only recommended for those with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Dental devices can also reduce the volume and frequency of snoring. The two most common devices are:

  • Mandibular Advancement Device – This is the most widely used oral appliance for sleep apnea solutions. It looks like the sleep apnea mouthpiece or sports mouthguard forces the jaw forward slightly to open the airway.
  • Tongue Retaining Device – an advanced splint to hold the tongue in place to keep the airway open through the night.

Our doctors can help you treat simple snoring or mild to moderate sleep apnea. Call (540) 373-2080 to make an appointment at our Fredericksburg, VA office or visit our contact us page.