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Sleep Apnea Treatment – Federal Way, WA

Improve Your Sleep Quality via Oral Appliances

Are you among the 18 million adults in the United States who are suffering from sleep apnea? If so, you need an effective solution to restore your quality of life while protecting your health from complications, like heart disease. The disorder causes frequent pauses in breathing while you sleep. With each interruption potentially lasting for longer than one minute, the lack of adequate oxygen will negatively impact your general health and daily life without an effective treatment. Dr. Drew Beaty offers the solutions you need to treat sleep apnea in Federal Way.

Why Choose Drew Beaty, DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for Sleep Apnea Treatment?

  • Custom-Made Oral Appliances for Optimal Comfort
  • CPAP Treatment Available for Severe Cases
  • Patient-Focused Care in a Comfortable Office Environment

Protect Your Health and Quality of Life

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Sleep apnea is commonly the result of an obstruction in the airway. This often occurs as the soft tissues in the throat collapse, narrowing the air passages. This can result in loud chronic snoring. While this can be a nuisance for you and your spouse, it is not the biggest concern.

It is not unusual to wake frequently throughout the night, often choking or gasping for air. This decreases your sleep quality, leading to daytime fatigue and irritability. Over time, it can cause sleep deprivation to occur. This lowers your cognitive abilities, significantly increasing your risk for workplace and auto accidents. In addition, you can become depressed and experience mood swings.

Over time, your general health may become compromised as well. The low oxygen levels place a strain on your heart, increasing your risk for heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. To protect your health and quality of life, Dr. Beaty has the solutions you need to breathe easier and sleep soundly.

Treat Your Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea treatment in Federal Way involves keeping the airways open to prevent the pauses in breathing. Now, one of the most widely used and patient-preferred treatment options involves the use of a removable oral appliance.

The oral appliance is similar to an athletic mouthguard; however, instead of protecting the teeth, it repositions your jaw forward to keep the air passages open. This offers a comfortable treatment that will not cause interruptions or inconvenience in your daily life. When used correctly, it is effective for treating mild to moderate cases of the condition.

If an oral appliance is not the best option, a CPAP machine may be recommended. This is the most traditional form of treatment that involves the use of a machine that delivers a steady stream of air through a mask that is worn over the nose while you sleep. This helps to keep the airways open while maintaining proper oxygen levels. In some cases, Dr. Beaty may recommend a combination of the two therapies to control your condition.

Breathe Easier and Sleep Better Today!

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If you are living with the daily complications of sleep apnea, do not put your health or quality of life at risk. After being diagnosed with the disorder, Dr. Beaty will create a customized treatment plan to help you breathe easier and sleep better.

Restore your sleep quality and daily life by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Beaty today!

Sleep Apnea FAQ’s

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Are you still curious about sleep apnea in Federal Way? Dr. Beaty wants his patients to have all the information they need, especially when it comes to your health. For any specific concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact his office. Until then, Dr. Beaty has included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about sleep apnea. Read on to learn more!

How Do I Know if I Have Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders, affecting millions of Americans. However, it’s estimated that around 80% of cases are undiagnosed. That’s because this issue occurs at night, making it difficult to spot. The only way to know with certainty whether you have sleep apnea is to receive a proper diagnosis through a sleep test. That said, you and your partner should also be aware of the most common warning signs so you know what to look out for, including:

  • Waking up gasping for breath
  • Loud snoring
  • Morning headaches
  • Waking up with a sore or dry throat
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Moodiness
  • Lack of focus

Why Visit a Dentist for Sleep Apnea Treatment?

You may be wondering why you should see a dentist for issues with sleep. However, Dr. Beaty has a deep understanding of the connection between your mouth, head, tongue, and airway, making him the perfect resource for better breathing and sleeping. Using his knowledge, Dr. Beaty creates personalized oral appliances that keep the airway clear, making it easier for you to count sheep! Depending on your specific needs, you can enjoy an effective, comfortable alternative to the traditional CPAP machine.

How Can I Give Myself a Better Chance of Good Sleep?

The best way to sleep better with sleep apnea is to get treatment. However, there are also some steps you can take in your day-to-day life to set yourself up for successful nights of rest. Primarily, exercise can really help—it keeps your weight down and allows you to feel tired at the end of your day. Plus, it clears your mind, relieving stress and anxiety. Another activity you can work into your day is meditation. Simply cutting out some time to relax, reflect, and better your mental state can help your sleep. Additionally, try to avoid drinking caffeine in the afternoon, especially after 2:00pm. This will make it easier for you to fall asleep when it’s time.

Who is at Risk of Sleep Apnea?

While anyone can be affected by sleep apnea, you may have a higher risk if you:

  • Are overweight
  • Are male
  • Are older
  • Have a thick neck circumference
  • Have a narrow airway
  • Have family history
  • Routinely smoke or heavily drink alcohol

If any of these risk factors sound familiar, combined with poor sleep quality, there is a good chance that you have sleep apnea. In some cases, sleep apnea can be treated simply by lowering these risk factors. Obesity and lifestyle choices like smoking can be controlled, however other variables like family history can only be managed with treatment.  

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office!