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Sleep Apnea Treatment Options

Experienced Sleep Apnea Dentists

We Offer an Alternative to CPAP Machines Covered by Your Medical Insurance

Over 15 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea and its side effects, such as chronic snoring. If you have sleep apnea, you certainly aren’t alone, but you may not know your symptoms are actually the signs of this serious condition that should be treated by your dentist. In fact, the vast majority of sleep apnea patients remain undiagnosed and, therefore, untreated. The dangers of sleep apnea include life-shortening consequences such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, memory problems, weight gain, diabetes, depression, accidents, poor work performance, and other ailments, so ignoring the symptoms simply isn’t worth the risk.

Our experienced dental team at Smiles@Southcenter can screen and treat patients in Tukwila and Renton, WA, for snoring or sleep apnea. We make sure coming in for an exam is easy, with convenient office hours, including on Saturdays, dental membership plans for those without dental insurance, a state-of-the-art facility for accurate and quick diagnoses, and an experienced sleep apnea dental team.

Did You Know You Can Get Relief from Sleep Apnea Without a CPAP Machine?

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A New Sleep Apnea Device?

While CPAP masks are the most common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, they can be uncomfortable, unpleasant, and difficult to use as a treatment. At Smiles @ Southcenter, we offer alternatives to CPAP masks such as The Moses oral appliance, which is most likely covered by your dental insurance. The Moses works by positioning the lower jaw and tongue in a more forward position. This pulls the tongue off the back of the throat and opens the airway for unobstructed breathing.

Remember, sleep apnea is treatable, and the solution doesn’t have to impact your lifestyle; in fact, our solutions will improve your sleep and reduce the risk of other serious health concerns! Call now to book your appointment.

Why It’s Important to Diagnose and Treat Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which there are one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. These pauses may last from a few seconds to minutes and may occur up to several times an hour. Typically, normal breathing resumes with a loud snort or choking sound that can interfere with natural sleep. As a result, the quality of sleep is poor, which makes you tired during the day. If you have sleep apnea and it goes untreated, you could also be at risk of suffering:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • ADHD

Just because you snore, it doesn’t mean that you have sleep apnea. Snoring occurs when the air you breathe vibrates the tissues in the airway due to a blocked or narrowed air passage. Snoring isn’t considered sleep apnea unless it is accompanied by the slowed or stopped breathing during sleep, usually followed by a sudden gasp for air. This is why it’s important to visit your dentist to properly diagnose or rule out sleep apnea and pursue the appropriate treatment. If you think you have sleep apnea or have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you can always call our team to schedule an appointment.

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