You may have been listening to someone else’s snoring for months or even years. It keeps you from getting healthy, deep sleep, but that’s just the beginning of why it is a problem.
This loud, persistent snoring may be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. It’s not just a problem for you. It’s also a health concern for the person who has this condition.
The good news is that it can be treated. If you live in or near Renton, WA, our team at Cedar Dental Group could have just the treatment to help you and the person you love get the restful sleep you both deserve.
Call 425-970-8115 today to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.
Understanding The Condition
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder. People with this condition stop breathing when they fall asleep. The most common form of this condition is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Depending on the severity of their condition, someone who has it may stop breathing dozens or hundreds of times every night.
People need to breathe, and brains respond to breathing stoppages by waking up the person who is sleeping. This waking may be brief. These frequent disruptions keep the body in a state of stress and prevent the person with OSA from reaching stages of deep sleep. This stress on the body also increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, and cardiovascular disease. Sleep deprivation can make someone more likely to be irritable, to lose focus, and to be involved in car accidents.
OSA occurs when someone’s airway becomes blocked when they fall asleep. Partial blockages of the airway contribute to the frequency and the volume of the snoring. When the airway is completely blocked, the snoring temporarily stops.
Solving The Sleep Problem
OSA can be treated, and our team wants to help. In fact, we are so committed to this that we created a sister practice, Washington Sleep Solutions, dedicated to helping patients with this condition.
When you come in for a consultation, we have you complete an evaluation. If we have reason to believe you or someone you love has OSA, we can provide you with equipment to complete an at-home sleep test. We’ll have a sleep doctor examine the results to determine if you have OSA.
Many times, a CPAP or BiPAP machine is the first treatment recommended for this condition. These can work if they are used consistently. Unfortunately, many people have difficulty with these machines. Some people can’t fall asleep while wearing a mask. Other people are bothered by the feel of air pushing into their airway or by the sound of their machine.
Fortunately, we offer another treatment option. We can design a custom oral appliance that is meant to be worn while the person with OSA is sleeping. The appliance works by slightly shifting the position of the lower jaw. This keeps the airway open. That allows the user to keep breathing, to receive the benefits of deep sleep, and to snore much less often (if at all).
Get Some Rest
Whether you or someone you care about has sleep apnea, our team is ready to help. Your first step is coming to our office for a consultation. Call Cedar Dental Group today at 425-970-8115 to schedule an appointment in Renton, WA.