Sleep Apnea Dental
Sleep apnea is a chronic disorder that affects thousands of Americans. It results in a brief cessation of breathing which may occur up to 50 times an hour while you are asleep. One of the most common signs of the condition is snoring.
At Cooley Smiles, we understand the dangers of sleep apnea, and we can design a sleep apnea treatment plan which will help you eliminate these stoppages in breathing before they lead to serious health conditions down the road.
Symptoms of Sleep ApneaSymptoms of sleep apnea include:
Causes of Sleep ApneaSleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax while you sleep, causing them to collapse. As a result, your airway becomes blocked and your body is unable to receive the proper levels of oxygen. Your brain briefly awakens you so that you can resume proper breathing. This pattern of interrupted breathing and waking from sleep can occur hundreds of times a night without you even realizing it is happening.
Severe medical conditions such as stroke, brain tumor, heart disease, or systemic infection may cause a less common form of sleep apnea called "central sleep apnea" and may require additional, emergency medical attention.
Dangers of Sleep ApneaWhen you do not receive sufficient, restful sleep, your body may respond mentally with various disorders including:
• Severe mood swings
• Memory loss
Recent studies suggest sleep apnea may also be related to an increased risk of:
• Heart disease
• High blood pressure
Sleep Apnea TreatmentDue to the severity of the health conditions caused by prolonged episodes of sleep apnea, it is crucial that you seek treatment for the condition right away. In most cases, sleep apnea treatment is simple and noninvasive.
Bellevue sleep apnea dentists Dr. Aaron Cooley and Dr. Brandon Cooley will work closely with you to find a solution that is most suited to your needs. In many cases, simple lifestyle adjustments such as altering your diet, changing sleeping positions, and reducing alcohol intake may help alleviate the condition. If this does not help, Dr. Aaron and Dr. Brandon may recommend oral appliance therapy to help keep your airway open while you breathe.
Kenmore Sleep Apnea DentistsIf you suffer from sleep apnea in or around Kenmore, Bellevue, or Seattle, Washington, please contact the experienced sleep apnea dentists at Cooley Smiles today to schedule an initial consultation.