Yakima, WA Dentist
Reep Family Dental
3804 Kern Road Suite A
Yakima, WA 98902
(509) 388-0331
By Reep Family Dental
December 24, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: sleep apnea  

Sometimes, excessive snoring can mean more than just a complaining significant other. It could be the sign of a serious, life-threatening medical condition called sleep apnea. Your Yakima, WA dentist at Reep Family Dental can help you determine if sleep apnea is affecting your life, and how to treat it.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea? 
Sleep apnea can be a very serious condition. Though the only real way to diagnose sleep apnea is with a sleep sleep apnea study, it is important to be aware of the symptoms. Often, your bed partner notices some of these symptoms before you do. They include:

  • loud, excessive snoring
  • gasping for breath during sleep
  • pauses in breath during sleep
  • choking during sleep
  • excessive sleepiness during waking hours
  • morning headaches

Am I at risk for sleep apnea? 
Men are more likely than women to suffer from sleep apnea. Of all the cases of obstructive sleep apnea, half the people diagnosed are overweight. Risk increases as you age though the condition can occur at any age. The risk of sleep apnea also increases in people with high blood pressure.

How is sleep apnea treated? 
Sleep apnea treatment aims to restore normal breathing patterns and help stop snoring and gasping during sleep. In mild cases of sleep apnea, simple lifestyle changes like losing weight or using new sleeping positions can relieve symptoms. Avoid alcohol and medications that make you overly tired. In more severe cases, your dentist may prescribe oral appliances which are worn at night. These appliances open the airway and allow normal breathing. Breathing devices like a CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, regulate the air pressure in your throat. This keeps your airway open and prevents apneas from occurring.

Dr. Nic Reep, DDS at Reep Family Dental in Yakima, WA can help with the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea. For more information, call (509)-248-0986 to schedule your appointment today.