Sleep Apnea Spokane, WA
At NorthView Family Dental, we value a good night sleep above almost anything else, which is why we are so committed to treating our patient is who suffer from sleep apnea. Do you often wake up from a full night sleep and still feel tired or groggy? Do you frequently wake throughout the night, tossing and turning? After many years of these frustrating sleep behaviors it is easy to lose hope, or even to believe that such poor sleep is just normal for you. We are here to tell you that many times these issues are caused by sleep apnea, and it can be treated! Let us help you receive a restful sleep so that you can feel great again!
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder where the patient will stop breathing for a short period frequently throughout the night. If you stop breathing for five to twenty seconds, your body can become oxygen deprived and often you will gasp for air following the pause. The result is a restless night where your body is constantly battling to recover from the strains of the previous day but is unable to because your breathing never allows you to fall into deep sleep. Because you never enter REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, you don’t experience a full sleep cycle, and you stay tired. This is a hard cycle to break.
Types of Sleep Apnea
There are two main kinds of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA).
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Of those who experience sleep apnea, 80% experience OSA. OSA typically occurs when the soft tissues in the back of your throat collapse into the airway passage and block you from pulling air into your lungs. We can often treat OSA by fitting you for a mouthguard that holds your jaw in place, ensuring that the jaw stays in a forward position. By keeping your jaw in a forward position, the soft tissues in the back of your throat are prevented from collapsing into the airway.
Central Sleep Apnea
Roughly 20% of the people who suffer from sleep apnea have CSA. CSA is a condition that occurs in the central nervous system, where the brain has trouble sending the body instructions to breath. This is a more complicated problem to treat, and usually, must be treated using a CPAP machine. CPAP’s work by providing a positive air flow to a mask that is worn while you sleep. This positive air flow ensures that you are always receiving the proper amount of oxygen.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
|•||Always feeling groggy or tired
|•||Bouts with depression
|•||High blood pressure
We Can Treat Your Sleep Apnea
If you are tired of being tired and just need to be able to depend on your sleep, call us today at (509) 590-1763 to schedule an appointment for a no obligation consultation. We will be able to diagnose your sleep apnea and get you on the road toward a great night sleep faster than you might think. Don’t wait!
For more information on Sleep Apnea, contact Robert Leale, DDS, or Brett Startin, DDS, at our Spokane, WA 99208 office. (509) 590-1763