Sleep Apnea Specialist

Wellness Centered Dentistry

Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Redmond, WA

Sleep apnea affects the nighttime breathing patterns of nearly 18 million Americans, preventing them from getting a good night’s sleep. At Wellness Centered Dentistry, Raymond Hsu, DDS, MAGD, LLSR, performs sleep apnea device fittings for patients in the Redmond, Washington, area. These devices, which you take home and wear as you sleep, help you get the rest you need to thrive. He also regularly connects patients with sleep specialists for diagnostic purposes. To learn more, call or use the online booking tool today to set up an appointment with Dr. Hsu.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

Do you struggle to sleep soundly through the night? Do you snore? Do you feel lethargic and fatigued throughout the day? Then you may be suffering from sleep apnea

Sleep apnea, which affects approximately 18 million Americans, is a condition where you stop breathing for at least 10 seconds periodically throughout the night. Your brain recognizes the severity of this condition and wakes you in order to reinstate a normal breathing pattern, resulting in regularly disturbed sleep. If you feel like you may be suffering from sleep apnea, contact a medical professional. We here at Wellness Centered Dentistry can refer you to a number of sleep specialists who can conduct a "sleep study" for you, which serves as a medical diagnosis. If you are a candidate for a dental sleep apnea device, Dr. Hsu can effortlessly fit you for a sleep apnea device. With a proper "sleep study," many medical insurance providers will cover some of the costs of your sleep apnea device.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common disorder that affects your breathing while you sleep, which often makes you gasp or snore loudly enough to wake you up constantly throughout the night. This condition can prevent you from getting enough rest to be productive at work or school. It’s a chronic condition and one of the leading causes of daytime drowsiness.

What causes sleep apnea?

When you fall asleep, your throat muscles relax, and your airway narrows. For most people, this doesn't affect nighttime breathing. If you have sleep apnea, your airway narrowing at night can cause blockages and impact your breathing. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Being overweight
  • Aging (airway blockages get more common as you get older)
  • Large tongue and tonsils
  • Unnatural relaxing of throat muscles

How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea can often go undiagnosed since it happens while you sleep. In many cases, it's a family member or your partner who notices signs and symptoms. The most common symptom is loud, chronic snoring. Other symptoms to look out for are:

  • Painful morning headaches
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Sore throat when you wake up
  • Waking up throughout the night
  • Frequent urination throughout the night
  • Depression or mood swings

Since sleep apnea affects how much rest you get, its symptoms are part of your being insufficiently rested. For young people, like school-age children, sleep apnea can cause hyperactivity and hamper school performance. Children who have sleep apnea tend to breathe through their mouths instead of their noses during the daytime.

However, not everyone who snores or has trouble sleeping suffers from sleep apnea.

How do you treat sleep apnea?

First, it’s critical to receive a proper diagnosis if you fear you have sleep apnea because the reduced sleep can trigger stress hormones that put you at risk of developing serious conditions like heart attack, high blood pressure, or stroke. Dr. Hsu evaluates your symptoms and refers you to specially trained sleep specialists, who can offer a concrete medical diagnosis.

If a sleep specialist deems you a good candidate, Dr. Hsu can fit you with a dental sleep apnea device right in his office. You wear this device inside your mouth like a retainer, and it helps keep your airway open during sleep for optimal nighttime breathing.

To learn more about sleep apnea treatment at Wellness Centered Dentistry, call or book an appointment with Dr. Hsu online today.