Dr. Lynn A. Jones, accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, is one of the few cosmetic dentists in the Seattle and Bellevue areas able to treat sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that interferes with patients’ health and well being.
Dr. Jones understands the negative health impact sleep apnea can cause, including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and impaired concentration. She strives to lend her expertise to treating Bellevue / Seattle sleep apnea patients to help them improve their health and quality of life.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Seattle / Bellevue with Dr. Jones
More than 90 percent of sleep apnea patients do not know they have it. Many patients demonstrate the symptoms of loud snoring, choking, and gasping during their sleep, but have little recollection of it when awake. In many instances, family members may be the first to recognize an individual is suffering from sleep apnea.
Patients may be suffering from sleep apnea if they experience the following symptoms:
- Difficulty focusing
- Difficulty remaining awake during the day
- Frequent urination throughout the night
- Irritability and depression
- Morning headaches
- Problems with memory
- Sore throat when waking up
Sleep apnea is caused by excessive tissue in the back of the mouth that leads to airway blockage and/or neurological problems, such as improperly stimulated breathing muscles during sleep.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Jones, a leading Seattle / Bellevue sleep apnea specialist, will evaluate your condition. Then, she will devise a personalized approach to treat your sleep apnea.
The most effective treatment for sleep apnea is the CPAP machine. For minor snoring problems or if you cannot use the CPAP, an alternative treatment is a removable dental appliance that you can wear at night. This appliance retains the tongue and repositions the jaw.
Resolving Sleep Apnea under Dr. Jones’s Care
In addition to applying dental approaches to treat sleep apnea, Dr. Jones gives patients several recommendations to lessen the condition through lifestyle changes and medical referrals. She often suggests patients maintain a healthy weight, sleep on their side, and limit their use of alcohol, tobacco and sedatives to improve their quality of sleep.
Dr. Jones works with patients’ dental health insurance agencies to make the treatment affordable to all patients. She also offers payment plans to help patients obtain the healthcare they need within their budget.
Sleep Better after Sleep Apnea Treatment with Dr. Jones
Dr. Jones is dedicated to providing Seattle / Bellevue sleep apnea patients comforting care that improves their health and quality of life. She appreciates the importance of a good night’s sleep, and wishes to help all patients sleep soundly without suffering from sleep apnea. Contact her today at (425) 688-1345 for a complimentary consultation regarding sleep apnea treatment.
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Sleep Apnea FAQs
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes disruptions (cessations) in a person’s breathing as they sleep, often multiple times a night. An estimated 40 million people suffer from sleep apnea.
What are the types of sleep apnea?
There are three types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common type of sleep apnea, is caused by an excessive amount of tissue in the back of the tongue, throat or nose that blocks the airway during sleep.
- Central sleep apnea (CSA) results when the brain fails to signal the muscles in the respiratory system to breathe.
- Mixed sleep apnea is diagnosed when both OSA and CSA are present.
Why is sleep apnea dangerous?
If left untreated, sleep apnea can affect your well-being and overall health. Numerous studies show that sleep apnea may contribute to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, as well as to memory and concentration impairment. Sleep apnea reduces your quality of sleep and increases daytime sleepiness, making regular activities like driving dangerous. In fact, research shows sleep apnea is a leading cause of car accidents.
What are the common symptoms of sleep apnea?
Symptoms of sleep apnea vary in type and severity. Common symptoms include:
- Loud snoring
- Restless sleep
- Gasping for air or choking during sleep
- Dry or sore throat upon waking
- Memory problems
- Mood changes
- Headaches in the morning
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
Sleep apnea can be diagnosed following a thorough examination and a sleep study test. A sleep study test is usually conducted at home using a self-administered home sleep study or in a sleep laboratory under the supervision of a team of sleep specialists. During the study, special equipment will measure the amount of oxygen in your blood, the airflow through your nose, snoring and chest movements. The study will also record brain activity, eye movements, heart rate and blood pressure during sleep. Dr. Jones will evaluate this data in order to determine the presence and severity of your sleep apnea.
How is sleep apnea treated?
Dr. Jones offers several treatment options for sleep apnea. The most common and traditional treatment option is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, which involves using a small machine that supplies constant and steady air pressure to the nose. For mild to obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Jones may recommend wearing a removable oral appliance (similar to a mouth guard) that keeps the airway open during sleep. The best treatment option for you will depend on the severity of your sleep apnea.
Why should I choose Dr. Jones for sleep apnea treatment?
Dr. Jones is an experienced sleep specialist and one of the few cosmetic dentists in the Seattle and Bellevue areas able to treat sleep apnea. Utilizing the most advanced diagnostic equipment and treatment methods, Dr. Jones is able to treat sleep apnea, from mild to severe cases. Dr. Jones prides herself in providing quality, individualized care for each patient and she will work with you to find a treatment plan that can best help you get a good night’s rest.