Sleep Apnea

Bright Smile Dental Care

Michael Negru, DDS, FAGD, FICOI

General & Cosmetic Dentist & Implant Dentist located in Beaverton, OR

Snoring, beyond being embarrassing and disruptive, may signal a more serious condition called sleep apnea. Luckily, Michael Negru, DDS, at Bright Smile Dental Care in Beaverton, Oregon, treats sleep apnea. If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, it’s imperative to seek immediate treatment. Call Bright Smile Dental Care or book an appointment online today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

If you’re trying to sleep, but your upper airway repeatedly gets blocked, that’s sleep apnea. It’s a dangerous condition because it reduces, or even shuts off, your oxygen flow while you sleep.

When this happens, your brain has to signal your body to resume breathing. These signals may occur hundreds of times per night without you realizing it, disturbing your body’s natural sleep cycles.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk of developing more serious medical problems, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Gastric reflux
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Fibromyalgia

Who gets sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is extremely common. The National Institutes of Health estimates about 12 million Americans endure sleep apnea.

The disorder affects people of all ages, even children. Factors that may increase your risk of developing sleep apnea include:

  • Being male
  • Being over age 40
  • Being overweight
  • Having a family history of sleep apnea
  • Having nasal obstructions such as a deviated septum, allergies, or sinus problems

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

The most common warning signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up in the morning with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Interrupted breathing during sleep as witnessed by another person
  • Waking up with a choking or gasping feeling
  • Morning headaches
  • Attention problems and irritability during the day
  • Chronic fatigue

How does a dentist treat sleep apnea?

sleep apneaFirst, Dr. Negru performs a thorough sleep evaluation to diagnose your sleep apnea and determine its severity.

Minor lifestyle changes like losing weight or cutting back on alcohol consumption can lessen mild cases of sleep apnea. Changing your sleeping position may also help.

If your condition is serious, Dr. Negru may recommend a sleep apnea treatment such as DNA appliance therapy or a SomnoMed® sleep appliance.

 

Sleep apnea is a potentially severe medical condition that requires immediate attention, but treatment options are available. If you or a loved one may be suffering from sleep apnea, call Bright Smile Dental Care or book an initial consultation online today.

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