Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment in Kent WA
Does your snoring keep your partner awake at night? Snoring occurs due to a partially obstructed airway during sleep. While this can be harmless, it could also signal a more serious condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Sleep apnea is a life threatening sleep disorder that occurs when an airway is blocked during sleep and can be presented as a pause in breathing that can last between ten seconds to a minute.
Snoring is the sound caused due to obstructed breathing during sleep in which the soft tissues at the back of the throat lose muscle tone, flop back and vibrate. While snoring is benign usually, it can also signal a serious underlying medical condition which progresses from upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Snoring can negatively affect the quality of sleep by causing excessive daytime sleepiness, low alertness at work, while driving and risks of accidents. Snoring can also disrupt the sleep of those nearby, causing frustration and straining relationships. Snoring has also been identified as a possible risk factor for Obstructive Sleep Apnea which signals serious underlying medical conditions like heart disease hypertension and stroke etc. An objective in lab or in house sleep study is conducted by the physician is required to confirm the diagnosis and assess the severity.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) recommends “oral appliances for adult patients who request treatment of primary snoring (without obstructive sleep apnea) or patients who are intolerant of CPAP.” They suggest that a qualified dentist use a custom, titratable appliance over non-custom oral devices.
How can Seablue Dental help you with Sleap Apnea & Snorning?
Your specialized Kent dentist can offer a number of solutions to treat snoring and sleep apnea to offer you a better night’s sleep. Treating sleep apnea can result in better health and a greater feeling of being rested. Patients suffering from sleep apnea can wake many times during the night, causing you to wake up feeling exhausted.
Contact our Kent dental office today for more information about obstructive sleep apnea treatment and get yourself back to enjoying a healthy and restful night’s sleep.