I Wake Up Tired…

Are you perplexed that you still feel exhausted when you wake up in the morning, even though you got a full eight hours of shuteye? Sleep apnea may be the culprit in your ongoing fatigue. This condition interferes with your sleep, but you likely won’t even realize it, so patients who have sleep apnea may not understand why they feel so tired. In addition to robbing you of your energy, sleep apnea can have significant consequences for your health.

I Wake Up Tired…

Are you still feeling exhausted when you wake up in the morning, even though you got a full eight hours of shuteye?

Wake Up Tired | Sleep Apnea Treatment | No CPAP | Richmond, VA

Stop Waking Up Tired Every Morning!

If you are routinely waking up and still feeling like you didn’t get enough sleep, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Patients who have this condition stop breathing briefly numerous times throughout the night, anywhere from five to dozens of times each hour. Every time that one of these apneic episodes happens, your brain will wake you slightly to restore a normal breathing pattern. Most people don’t even realize this is happening, but it prevents you from getting sufficient sleep. This causes you to still feel tired when you wake up, regardless of how many hours (you think) you’ve slept.

What Can I Do To Get A Better Night’s Rest?

You don’t have to resign yourself to a life of fatigue. Effective sleep apnea treatment is within reach, and we can help you access the best option for you. An increasing number of patients are turning to oral appliance therapy for a treatment that is easy to incorporate into their lives. With this approach, you wear a plastic device similar to a mouthguard that is customized to hold your jaw or tongue in a position that keeps the soft tissues away from the airway opening that they might otherwise block. Oral appliances are much more comfortable than a CPAP mask, which is another common treatment for sleep apnea.


Improve Your Sleep In Three Easy Steps

When you don’t get enough sleep, you’ll experience a number of negative effects on multiple body systems. You’ll feel foggy, which may affect your ability to focus or make you irritable or depressed. Depending on the degree of your fatigue, you may even have trouble safely performing basic activities, such as driving a car.

It’s also worth noting that sleep apnea deprives your body of sufficient oxygen in addition to breaking up your sleep, and that causes inflammation throughout the body. Although the precise relationship remains unclear, this may be one of the factors underlying the apparent connection between sleep apnea and serious health issues like stroke, heart disease and even an increased risk of sudden death.

Step 1. Discover

Call our office to schedule an appointment with us. We will be able to discuss how we can best help.

Step 2. Design

Dr. Mason and our team will create a personalized approach to managing your sleep apnea.

Step 3. Dream

You’ll finally have the restful sleep you’ve been dreaming of.

Dr. Erika Mason | Sleep Apnea Treatment | Richmond, VA

Meet Dr. Erika Mason, DDS

Dr. Mason’s patients know her as a dental professional with high standards and a genuine interest in her patient’s overall health and well-being. She is dedicated to seeking out opportunities for continuing education and expanding her knowledge to best serve her patients. In 2023, Dr. Mason was asked to be part of a Task Force to work on various issues for the AADSM. In Feb 2018, she was part of a team of educators who taught part of the Mastery Review Course for dentist getting ready to sit for their Diplomate Written Exam. At the 2019 National AADSM meeting in SanAntonio Dr.Mason presented a poster that will eventually be published in one of the Scientific Sleep Journals.