Many people wake up a few times during the night, but if you are waking up to catch your breath, you may have sleep apnea, which causes a blocked airway while sleeping. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to serious health issues in addition to a lack of sleep. Dr. Gregory Kuo is trained to spot the signs of sleep apnea and provide the treatment you need. If you think you might have sleep apnea, contact our practice at 425-883-3656 and set up your consultation for sleep apnea treatment in Redmond, Washington. Our dentists are here to help take care of your health.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder marked by interruptions and pauses in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or collapsed tissues in the airway. Untreated sleep apnea can contribute to several serious health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver problems.
Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep physician. We recommend that you talk to your dentists, as well as your doctor, if you suffer from the symptoms of sleep apnea. Common signs of sleep apnea include:
Extreme drowsiness during the day
Personality changes and irritability
Difficulty staying asleep
Awakening with a very dry or sore throat
Frequent morning headaches
Sleep apnea treatment may depend on the severity of the condition. If you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, our dentists may recommend an oral appliance. The oral appliance works to treat obstructive sleep apnea by fitting over your teeth and keeping your airway open while you sleep. It can work by preventing the tongue from blocking the air passage or by holding your jaw in a position that prevents airway blockages during sleep. For more information on sleep apnea treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our dental practice today. We are committed to helping you improve your health!