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Couple after successful Sleep Apnea Treatment in Puyallup WA

When you woke up today, how did you feel? Are you commonly well rested, or are you often excessively sleepy during the day? Difficulty staying asleep, attention problems, waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat, and morning headaches are all symptoms of sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a potentially debilitating condition characterized by shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. Though this is a medical condition that can cause high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and impaired concentration, it can also be treated by one of our qualified dental professionals.

Those affected by sleep apnea often snore, choke, or gasp during their sleep but have no recollection of it upon waking. In fact, more than 90% of those who have it don’t realize it. At Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry, as part of our commitment to your total health, we offer a personalized approach to treating sleep apnea that differs from intrusive medical alternatives such as the CPAP device (continuous positive airway pressure) and surgery.

Often, minor snoring problems that lead to sleep apnea can be treated using a removable dental appliance (called a mouthpiece or oral appliance) that is worn at night to stabilize the tongue and reposition the jaw. Soon after using a mouthpiece, most of our patients experienced immediate relief from sleep apnea symptoms and side effects and began feeling well rested.

Normal anatomy and function during sleep

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Obstrucive sleep apnea with obstructed airway

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Oral sleep appliance that opens the airway

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If I snore, does that mean I have sleep apnea?
Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Snoring that is not associated with sleep apnea does not result in extreme fatigue.
What are common signs of sleep apnea?
Loud snoring and long pauses between breaths while sleeping are the most recognizable signs of sleep apnea.
Do I have to sleep with a machine if I have sleep apnea?
Oral appliances are an effective alternative to the CPAP device, which can be very disruptive and uncomfortable for both the individual suffering from sleep apnea as well as their partner.
If sleep apnea medical alternatives aren’t appealing or haven’t worked in the past for you, please call your dentist in Puyallup, WA today at 253.200.5427 and ask how our treatments can help alleviate your condition.