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If you're like most people, you may be taking a long look at your health in the wake of COVID-19. This may be especially true if you're one of the millions of Americans living with sleep apnea. In this challenging time, it's natural to worry about your health and how sleep apnea can factor in COVID-19. But the worry over the virus and the things associated with it can cause stress and anxiety for many people, and that can keep you up at night, too. We've put together a list of questions and answers we've heard about COVID-19 and sleep apnea. 

Q: Does sleep apnea make you more likely to get the coronavirus?

A: There has been no evidence that having sleep apnea puts you at higher risk for contracting COVID-19, but the effects of sleep apnea can put you at risk of severe illness in general. That's why treating sleep apnea is critical. These effects include:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease

Q: Can treating sleep apnea improve your health?

A: Using CPAP therapy to treat your sleep apnea will help you get the sleep your body needs to maintain your health and immune system to fight off illnesses. Your body needs rest to regulate hormones and restore its systems and tissues during sleep, too.

Q: Does using a CPAP spread the virus into the lungs?

A: Again, there's no evidence to support that using a CPAP will push the virus deeper into the lungs.

Q: Will my CPAP spread the virus to others?

A: COVID-19 spreads through contact with respiratory droplets produced when someone coughs, sneezes or talks. A CPAP machine could spread the virus if the area around the mask or the port leaks while it is in use. If you're ill, it's best to isolate yourself from others in your home, if possible.

Q: Should I stop using my CPAP if I have a mild cough?

A: No, you should continue using your CPAP as directed. The CPAP helps you get the sleep you need to boost your immune system and recover from illness. It's never a good idea to quit using your CPAP cold turkey, so if you are sick, contact your doctor. Or, if you do not like your CPAP machine because it is claustrophobic, loud or uncomfortable, call Dr. Buck about other treatment options you may have for your sleep apnea.

Q: What if I have more questions about COVID-19 and sleep apnea?

A: We'd love to hear from you! Give Dr. Buck a call at 425-361-0826 today.

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Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

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