Sleep Apnea Therapy – Seattle, WA

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Do you struggle to get a good night’s rest? If chronic snoring from you or your partner is keeping you awake at night, we can help. Although snoring is common, there are times it indicates a serious underlying sleep disorder. It is one of the main symptoms of sleep apnea, which causes pauses in breathing frequently throughout the night. Dr. Taba can help you or your partner breathe better. He is uniquely qualified in treating the condition after studying sleep apnea at UCLA. He will provide relief and help you get some rest using personalized solutions for sleep apnea in Northgate.

What is Sleep Apnea?

sleep apneaSleep apnea is a disorder that affects at least 22 million Americans. It causes pauses in breathing and/or shallow breathing while sleeping. The interruptions can last for a few seconds to minutes at a time. In fact, some people with the condition can have as much as 30 episodes in just one hour. 

There are 3 types of the disorder, but obstructive sleep apnea is the most prevalent. The soft tissues in the back of the mouth and throat collapse from the muscles relaxing. This causes an obstruction in the airway, which lead to pauses in breathing.

It is estimated, as much as 80% of those with the disorder are not diagnosed. Many of the symptoms occur while you are sleeping, so you may not be aware you are experiencing them. However, you may have other signs of the disorder that you might not think are connected, such as feeling tired throughout the day or moodiness.

How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?

upper airwayOften, sleep apnea is not found until your partner brings it to your attention or your physician suspects it during a routine checkup. The pauses in breathing can be easily overlooked unless you wake choking or gasping for breath. Besides snoring and waking often, you can experience a variety of symptoms throughout your daily life.

Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

man snoringYou can have one or more symptoms of the condition, such as:

  • Loud, chronic snoring.
  • Waking often choking or gasping for air.
  • Morning time headaches.
  • Daytime fatigue.
  • Irritability.
  • Waking with a sore or dry throat.
  • Depression or mood swings.
  • Waking frequently to urinate.
  • Not being able to concentration.
  • Short-term memory issues.
  • Learning problems.

Children can suffer from obstructive sleep apnea as well. Although your child may seem fine throughout the day, they can still have the disorder. Besides the symptoms listed above, your child may have poor school performance, hyperactivity, anger, or hostility. They may also breathe through their mouth instead of their nose.

Am I At Risk of Sleep Apnea?

woman sleepingObstructive sleep apnea can occur in anyone, there are certain risk factors, including:

  • Excessive weight.
  • Large neck circumference.
  • Narrowed airway, such as large tonsils.
  • Being male.
  • Being older.
  • Family history.
  • Use of alcohol, sedatives, or tranquilizers.
  • Nasal congestion.

How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?

Although it may not seem concerning at first, your health and quality of life rely on treating sleep apnea. If it is not treated, you can experience potentially deadly complications, like an increased risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke. You also have a significantly higher risk of a workplace or auto accident, especially as sleep deprivations sets in.

After undergoing a sleep study, Dr. Taba can provide you with a personalized treatment plan. The most traditional solution for sleep apnea is a CPAP. A machine delivers a steady stream of air through a mask worn over the mouth or nose. Although it is effective, it can be bothersome and inconvenient.

Now, you can enjoy an alternative to a CPAP using an oral appliance. The custom-fit device repositions your jaw forward to prevent the soft tissues from collapsing. This has shown to be effective for treating mild to moderate cases of the condition.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

As your dentist in Northgate, Dr. Taba can create the customized treatment plan you need to sleep soundly. Contact our office today for sleep apnea therapy.