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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Spokane, Sleep Apnea in Spokane WA, Sleep Apnea Treatment Spokane, Spokane Sleep ApneaObstructive Sleep Apnea is a potentially dangerous condition affecting millions of Americans. Any person, of any age, can be afflicted with this condition, which is characterized by pauses in breathing while asleep. It can be difficult to distinguish general snoring from sleep apnea. Snoring may be nothing more than a nuisance and irritation for your bed-partner, or it can be a sign of a more serious problem like a blockage of your airway. Many who have this condition do not realize it, and think they sleep soundly each night. It frequently goes undiagnosed, potentially leading to many serious health risks.

Sleep apnea may be either central or obstructive, which are very different. Central sleep apnea is caused by the brain's respiratory control center. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which is frequently associated with snoring, is far more common. Signs of OSA include:
  • Pauses in breathing, lasting as long as ten seconds, sometimes more
  • Snoring
  • Choking or gasping during sleep
  • Impaired judgment or diminished mental capacity
  • Large neck
  • High blood pressure
  • Nighttime restlessness
  • Restricted airway
  • Chest pain during the night
  • Morning headaches
  • EDS (Excessive Daytime Sleepiness)
  • Gaining weight
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness is the result of the body being oxygen deprived during apneic events, and the resulting stress-reaction frequently interrupting sleep. It leaves the person feeling sleep deprived, even after sleeping an adequate number of hours. A skilled dentist, often working with a sleep physician, can treat this mild or moderate sleep apnea with a comfortable, adjustable sleep appliance. This appliance is made to the most relaxed muscle position and helps get your jaw and teeth back to their natural bite position more quickly when it is removed in the morning.

Past orthodontic options for treating sleep apnea were uncomfortable. Today's choice of treatment is an oral appliance, which is customized to fit your mouth. This is a non-surgical way of improving your breathing and minimizing nasal pressure. Surgical treatment to open airways should be considered only after all other options have been exhausted. Oral appliances are highly recommended for mild or moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea. Call us and find out how Dr. Brossoit, along with his dedicated staff, can help you with oral appliance therapy.

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