Sleep apnea is not just a snoring issue. In fact, this dangerous condition will disrupt much more about your life than just your sleep. Keep reading to see what we are talking about, and then call us at 425-970-8115 to schedule your sleep dentistry consultation in our Renton, WA dental office. In many cases, we’re able to treat snoring and sleep apnea with a custom-built oral appliance for your unique situation.
Snoring Is Only The Beginning
Ultimately, sleep apnea causes you to experience gaps in your breathing while you are asleep. It is no laughing matter, we can assure you. There have even been cases of people whose deaths seemed to be linked to untreated or undiagnosed sleep apnea (most famously, Reggie White and Jerry Garcia). More commonly, though, sleep apnea increases the risk of problems such as stroke, heart disease, and diabetes, while contributing to obesity, irritability, and distractedness.
The Telltale Signs
Anyone can develop this condition. Yet, males over the age of 40 are at the highest risk for sleep apnea. You’re also at a greater risk of sleep apnea if you have a large neck size. Snoring, obviously, is one major warning sign. Many patients who turn out to have sleep apnea are told that they regularly snore. Waking up gasping for air is another sign. Recurring headaches, waking up feeling tired even after a full night’s rest, having trouble concentrating, insomnia, tiredness and moodiness are other things to watch for.
If you have not yet been tested for sleep apnea, we can help you figure things out woth the following steps:
- First, Dr. Courtney will perform an initial evaluation of your situation.
- Then, we’ll provide you with an at-home sleep test to take if it seems like you might have some symptoms of sleep apnea.
- After that, Dr. Courtney will then review the results, and a sleep doctor will determine a diagnosis and recommend treatment.
- Finally, in many cases, we may be able to create a custom oral appliance, which works for many sleep apnea sufferers in managing their condition without a CPAP machine.
Sleep-Boosting, Life-Changing Treatment
One common way to address sleep apnea is with a CPAP machine. The CPAP machine constantly pushes air into the lungs during sleep, and it’s the gold standard for sleep apnea treatment. There is a downside, however. The CPAP treatment is invasive in that it involves a mask, hose, and a noisy machine. The compliance rate tends to be low once patients realize what life is like. Fortunately, not every patient will need a CPAP machine to end this nightmare.
At our office, we offer a comfortable oral appliance that is designed for patients suffering with sleep apnea. The oral appliance is great for anyone struggling with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Here’s the deal: the oral appliance pushes the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open while you sleep. Unlike the CPAP machine, our oral appliance will be comfortable and will never disrupt your sleep partner. This treatment could save your relationship, and it might just save your life.