Sleep apnea treatment in Bellevue, WA

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Sleep apnea is an extremely common condition that affects millions of Americans of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a more severe form of sleep disordered breathing in which the tissues of the throat and soft palate relax during sleep, blocking the airway.

Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) is a milder form of sleep disordered breathing in which airflow is limited while breathing, also interrupting quality of sleep. Left untreated, these conditions can result in a long list of serious consequences including heart attack and stroke.

Recognizing sleep apnea and UARS

Here are some common signs of sleep apnea and upper airway resistance syndrome:

  • snoring, may be punctuated by short pauses in breathing, gasping, or choking sounds
  • daytime sleepiness
  • waking up with a headache
  • insomnia/restless sleep
  • forgetfulness
  • not feeling refreshed in the morning despite a full night's rest
  • TMJ pain
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • decreased libido
  • thyroid issues.  

Here at Smile Wellness Co., our team is trained to screen for sleep apnea.  We can administer a home sleep test (HST) and facilitate diagnosis with a MD.

If you notice any of these issues in yourself, your bed partner, or your child, give us a call at (425)455-2370.

Treatments for Sleep Apnea, snoring, and UARS

Treatment for severe apnea:

For patients with severe apnea, Dr. Su will help facilitate a referral to a sleep specialist to determine whether a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine is the best treatment for you.  During sleep, these machines pump air through a comfortable face mask at a steady, positive pressure thus preventing the collapse of tissue in your throat and palate.  

Treatment for mild or moderate apnea, snoring, and UARS: 

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliances as a primary therapy for the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea and for patients with severe apnea who can't tolerate CPAP treatment. A sleep appliance looks quite similar to a retainer or a mouth guard used for sports. Sleep appliances are custom built to move your jaw into a healthier position throughout the night. This, in turn, helps prevent the palate and throat from blocking your airway when they relax. 

Orthodontics and Oral Surgery, a more permanent solution: 

In some patients with OSA, the underlying cause is anatomical. A combination or orthodontics and jaw surgery may help resolve OSA for a lifetime without relying on a dental sleep appliance or CPAP machine. Dr. Su will screen for these skeletal issues (identifying early issues even in young children) and can refer you to specialists to provide a solution for better breathing and health.

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Get A Restful Night's Sleep