Sleep Apnea

Snoring might not seem like a big deal, but it could mean that you have a condition known as sleep apnea. Since this condition can increase your risk of severe health issues, it’s important for your dentist to diagnose and treat it, or to refer you to a sleep specialist. At Issaquah Premier Dental in Issaquah, Washington Dr. Diana Wu provides treatment for patients who have sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What are the signs of sleep apnea?

You might not know that you have the symptoms, such as loud snoring, that indicate sleep apnea. However, there are other symptoms that you can detect. These include:

  • Waking up suddenly with shortness of breath, which occurs when your breathing stops
  • Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
  • Having headaches in the morning from poor sleep
  • Feeling sleepy during the day
  • Having trouble staying asleep at night

What causes sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat become too relaxed while you sleep. That makes it possible for soft tissue in the area to fall or collapse, which blocks your airway.

These airway blockages cause you to snore and wake up suddenly as your breathing stops, which can frequently happen during the night.

You have a higher risk of having sleep apnea if you:

  • Are overweight
  • Have a family history of sleep apnea
  • Are a smoker
  • Have a narrow airway

Why is sleep apnea dangerous?

Sleep apnea can affect your judgment due to poor sleep quality. That can make it more dangerous for you to drive, and it can affect your performance at work or school.

Sleep apnea can also increase your risk of having severe health issues when it’s left untreated. These include the following:

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure

What does a sleep apnea diagnose involve?

If Dr. Wu notices any signs of sleep apnea while examining your mouth, she might recommend seeing a sleep doctor for a more accurate diagnosis. A sleep doctor can diagnose sleep apnea based on your symptoms and observance of your sleep habits.

If you do have sleep apnea, you’ll need to go over your treatment options (some of which involve visiting Dr. Wu).

How do dentists treat sleep apnea?

Dr. Wu might have you wear an oral appliance that resembles a night mouthguard to keep your airway open and unobstructed while you’re sleeping. Wearing such an appliance is your best non-invasive option for easing symptoms of sleep apnea and lower your risk of health problems.

If you have symptoms of sleep apnea, please contact Issaquah Premier Dental in Issaquah, Washington, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wu.

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