Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that impacts the lives of millions of Americans. The condition causes multiple breathing disruptions while you sleep. These breathing problems can keep you from getting a good night’s rest and increase the risk of dangerous health issues.
At Contemporary Dental Health, experienced dentist Dr. Keith Ogawa provides take-home sleep monitoring technology and effective treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea. To schedule an initial sleep apnea consultation, please call 503-636-4069 today. We welcome patients from Lake Oswego, West Linn, and Portland, Oregon.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea is a less common form of the condition; it occurs when the brain fails to trigger the muscles responsible for breathing while you sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common, and the type of sleep apnea that can be treated by Dr. Ogawa.
Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by a blocked airway during sleep. When this occurs, you wake up instinctively to clear your airway so you can breathe. This condition may likely be first noticed by a sleeping partner who hears you gasping for breath during the night. These frightening episodes can happen hundreds of times each night, making it impossible to get the rest you need.
Sleep apnea is very difficult to self-diagnose. After all, it’s unlikely to identify symptoms while you are asleep. However, if you feel extremely tired throughout the day, or have been told that you snore or make choking or gasping sounds throughout the night, you may be exhibiting signs of sleep apnea.
Dr. Ogawa has years of experience treating sleep apnea. During your initial consultation, he will assess your oral health and discuss your symptoms. If appropriate, he will send you home with a device that monitors your heart rate, breathing and blood oxygen levels while you sleep to help determine if you suffer from the condition.
Common Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Common sleep apnea symptoms include:
- Dry mouth upon waking
- Extreme drowsiness throughout the day
- Falling asleep throughout the day
- Anxiety, depression, irritability or other mood changes
- Impaired memory
- Concentration problems
- Chronic headaches
The best way to determine if you have sleep apnea is to meet personally with Dr. Ogawa at our office for a confidential consultation. He will determine the nature of your condition and develop a treatment plan to help you get the important rest you need. Treatment usually involves the use of a comfortable, customized oral appliance to be worn during slumber.
Health Risks of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is more than just an embarrassing or annoying sleep issue, it is a very dangerous sleep disorder that reduces the flow of oxygen to your brain. Obstructive sleep apnea increases your risk for a variety of health issues, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Chronic fatigue
- Decreased libido
- Chronic headaches
Schedule Your Sleep Apnea Consultation Today
If you suspect you may suffer from sleep apnea, please contact Cosmetic Dental Health today online or at 503-636-4069 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ogawa. We serve the Lake Oswego, West Linn, and Portland communities of Oregon.