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Sleep Apnea Treatments

Are you tired of sleeping alone? Do your loved ones rely on closed doors and earplugs to help them rest peacefully through the night? If you are losing sleep because of your snoring, or if you are keeping your loved ones up at night with choking and gasping sounds, you may have sleep apnea.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a potentially debilitating condition characterized by shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles supporting the soft palate relax, allowing the airway to narrow and close as you breathe in. It causes sufferers to snore loudly, choke, and gasp during sleep, leaving them (and those closest to them) feeling exhausted during the day. Conditions that have been linked to sleep apnea include high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and impaired concentration. Though it has the potential to be debilitating, at Robinson Dental, Lynnwood dentist Dr. Brent Robinson has effective treatments that will put an end to your lonely nights and weary days.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Along with complaints from those closest to you, the following are sleep apnea symptoms to be aware of:

  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Waking frequently with the need to urinate
  • Feeling fatigued throughout the day
  • Weight gain
  • Attention problems
  • Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Morning headaches
  • Depression

How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?

At our Lynnwood dental office, Dr. Brent Robinson addresses sleep apnea symptoms and snoring with a removable, oral sleep apnea appliance (similar to a mouthpiece) that stabilizes the tongue and repositions the jaw. This allows for normal mouth opening and closing, as well as normal airflow, giving you immediate relief from sleep apnea symptoms. Though the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device is the gold standard for treating mild to severe sleep apnea, our treatment is far less invasive and is ideal for patients who can’t tolerate the CPAP or who suffer from mild sleep apnea. Oral appliances are easy to use and require little to no change in your lifestyle.

FAQ

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 you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, call 425.778.1164 today to learn how Robinson Dental can end your family’s fatigue.

COVID-19 UPDATE

On March 19, Gov. Jay Inslee announced new restrictions on non-urgent medical and dental procedures so we can do our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and free up our protective equipment. The order applies to any non-urgent procedure that requires medical and dental. From now until May 18, 2020, all dental offices in Washington State must limit care to emergency treatment, including our practice. 


Please note that effective March 23rd, all elective dental appointments, including cleanings, between now and May 18th will need to be rescheduled. Please wait for our team to reach out to reschedule your appointment. Emergency care is any condition that, if delayed, is anticipated to cause harm to the patient within the next three months. Our goal is to see the fewest patients, keep you safe, pain-free, and healthy. If you are unsure if you have a true emergency please call Kelsey or Tamara at 425-778-1164 for help.


Thanks,

Brent Robinson and the Robinson Dental Team.