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Sleep Apnea & Snoring Dentist in Vancouver, WA

What is sleep apnea?

A sleep disorder called sleep apnea causes frequent breathing pauses and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you wake up exhausted after a full night of sleep or if your partner or roommate complains that you snore loudly.

Obstructive sleep apnea

This occurs most frequently when the muscles in the throat relax improperly.

Central sleep apnea

This form of sleep apnea happens when the breathing muscles aren't properly signaled by the brain.

Complex sleep apnea syndrome

This describes a person who experiences both central and obstructive sleep apnea.

Risk factors for sleep apnea

  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • Use of alcohol, tranquilizers, or sedatives
  • Smoking
  • Nasal clogging
  • Medical issues
  • Heart problems
  • Stroke
  • Cardiovascular issues or high blood pressure

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Obstructive and central sleep apnea symptoms overlap. These include the following:

Sleep Apnea and Oral Health

Short breathing pauses while you sleep are a sign of sleep apnea, a serious medical condition that can also cause snoring and choking.

Sleep apnea could be brought on by poor oral health, or vice versa.

Sleep apnea can contribute to dental issues like temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), bruxism, or dry mouth. Habits like grinding your teeth or breathing with your mouth open can worsen dental health and cause sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea dental symptoms include:

Clenching/grinding teeth during sleep

Tightness and pain in joints around the month

Sore, raw spots from chewing the inside of your cheeks

Dull headaches at the temples

Not sure whether sleep apnea affects your oral health or if it is the other way around? That is why we are here. Please contact us at (360) 828-7435.

What treatment options does a dentist have for my sleep apnea?

At Vancouver Dental, we’ll assist you in identifying dental issues brought on by sleep apnea and offer advice on how to treat those symptoms.

For those who struggle with snoring, we offer Solea Laser Treatment in our office. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea can breathe more deeply and sleep better thanks to this treatment, which tightens collagen fibers in the soft palate using a laser, a painless, non-invasive technology.

We will also help you make behavioral changes that enhance your sleep and dental health, such as receiving orthodontic treatment to correct teeth alignment issues, dry mouth treatments, and/or a dental mouthpiece to lessen teeth clenching and grinding. Should our dentists determine that your situation necessitates one, sleep apnea devices, snore guards, and snoring mouthpieces are all available at our office.

Frequently asked questions about snoring and oral health

When does snoring become a problem, and how can you tell?

Snoring is sometimes common. However, if the snoring is loud, intrusive, and raucous or is broken up by breathing pauses, it is likely an indication of obstructive sleep apnea, a serious health issue. High blood pressure and excessive tiredness after a full night of sleep are additional signs of sleep apnea.

In regards to my sleep apnea, when should I visit a dentist?

Large tonsils, extra tissue in the upper airway, or an abnormal structure of the jaw and airway can all contribute to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), or when breathing during sleep pauses for at least 10 seconds before picking up again. Our dental specialists are trained in various sleep apnea treatments, such as custom mouthguards that open up your airway while you sleep and reduce breathing issues.

What are the advantages of Solea Laser treatment for sleep apnea?

A few advantages of using our Solea Laser therapy include the following:

  • It lessens or stops snoring
  • Patients get better-quality zzz’s.
  • It lessens headaches and sore throats.
  • Patients experience improved moods and more energy during the day.
  • Improvements in focus, memory, and learning are seen in patients.

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Wake Up Refreshed! Don't Let Sleep Apnea and Snoring Disrupt Your Life

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