Sleep-Well Dental Solutions
Dr. Jeffery Hodges is a general dentist practicing in Charlottesville, VA. Dr. Hodges specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and sleep-disordered breathing conditions. He works with our patients’ physicians to promote overall health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others. Dr. Hodges has special training from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine which makes him uniquely qualified to treat sleep medicine issues as well.
Why Should I Be Concerned With Snoring? I Don’t Have a Problem
For 68 million people in our country, snoring IS a problem. You might wonder why a dentist would be concerned with this issue. That’s a very good question; one I address every day with my patients. The problem is sleep-related breathing disorders. This comes in several different forms, but ultimately it results in a problem breathing while sleeping that can have a devastating effect on the quality of your life.
At our dental practice, we are intentional about asking our patients about their sleep issues. These problems are medical issues that need to be addressed by the patient’s physician. We see patients regularly and can serve as an aid in screening sleep problems. We can assist physicians in caring for their patients by using appliances to open the airway while they sleep. Please understand, what may appear as a simple nuisance of making loud noises during sleep may be the start of sleep apnea, or being more prone to developing a stroke or a compromising heart condition.
Over my 36 plus years of improving my patients’ oral condition, I have observed numerous occasions where sleep-related breathing problems were identified as factors causing debilitating conditions or even death. I have witnessed patients and members of my own family succumb to these conditions. I welcome all questions and offer advice and treatment on sleep-related breathing problems to improve your quality of life. My own quality of life has been improved with treatment. Yours can be too.