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The Dangers of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

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Do you or your partner snore at night? Are you constantly tired during the day? You may be at risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

OSA is a sleep disorder that affects an estimated millions of Americans, and it is severely underdiagnosed. It occurs when the airway becomes blocked, preventing air from entering the lungs. This can lead to interrupted breathing and a decrease in the amount of oxygen that reaches the body's organs putting severe physiologic stress on the body.

What Are the Symptoms of OSA?

The most common symptom of OSA is snoring. Other symptoms include waking up at night gasping for air, daytime sleepiness, and daytime fatigue—however, not everyone who has OSA snores.

Who Is at Risk for OSA?

Anyone can develop OSA, but some people are more at risk than others. Risk factors include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having a family history of OSA
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Using sleeping pills or other medications that cause drowsiness
  • Peri and post menopausal women
  • Underdeveloped and narrow jaw structure
  • Poor nasal breathing capacity
  • Chronic mouth breathing
  • Tongue tied and poor tongue posture
  • In children diagnosed ADHD or suspect behavioral problems
  • In children bed wetting

The Dangers of Untreated OSA

OSA can lead to several health problems if left untreated, including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. In addition, people with OSA are at increased risk for accidents and injuries, as it can also lead to problems with concentration and memory.

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) jeopardizes millions of Americans' health and well-being. When breathing is impeded when sleeping, the amount of oxygen delivered to the body is diminished, resulting in hazardous health effects. Sleep apnea patients struggle to breathe while sleeping, and their bodies do not get enough rest or sleep to replenish themselves. This impacts a person's health, everyday functioning, work performance, relationships, and overall happiness.

Dr. David Buck specializes in dental sleep medicine. He and his team can assist you in managing sleep apnea, a potentially fatal illness. Give us a call today at (425) 361-0826 to schedule an appointment. 

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Epigenetic Orthodontics

Epigenetic Orthodontics can open and protect the airway enhancing breathing both during sleep and awake activities.

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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