Sleep Apnea Specialist

Tossing and turning through the night, chronic snoring, and feeling tired all day are nothing to take lightly. Sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder that affects an estimated 18 million Americans, occurs when your breathing becomes momentarily obstructed. Because sleep apnea increases your risk of developing serious health problems, it’s important to seek treatment. Sleep apnea expert Dr. Gregory D. Kuo in Redmond, Washington offers convenient and effective sleep apnea treatments for Seattle- area patients. Call or book your appointment online today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

by Gregory D. Kuo, DDS, MS

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in which your breathing slows substantially or stops completely as you sleep. When your brain recognizes the lack of oxygen, it stimulates respiration — which often causes a partial awakening.

People with sleep apnea may experience more than 30 breathing pauses in a single hour of sleep, with each one lasting anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute.

The three main types of sleep apnea are:

Obstructive sleep apnea

The most common type of the disorder, obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your tongue and the soft tissues of your throat collapse and block your airway.

Central sleep apnea

This form of sleep apnea happens when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control respiration.

Complex sleep apnea syndrome

Also called treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, this condition is a combination of both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.  

What are the signs of sleep apnea?

While you don’t have to have a snoring problem to be diagnosed with sleep apnea, loud, chronic snoring is a tell-tale sign of the disorder. Other common signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Episodes of paused breathing during sleep (as witnessed by another person)
  • Abrupt awakenings, which may be accompanied by shortness of breath
  • Usually waking up with a dry mouth or a sore throat
  • Chronic headaches in the morning
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness, irritability, or difficulty paying attention

What are the health risks of sleep apnea?

If you think that loud, disruptive snoring is the worst part about sleep apnea, think again: Sleep apnea can increase your risk of a range of serious health problems, including high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes. People with untreated sleep apnea are also more likely to develop insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and liver problems.  

Because people with sleep apnea are also less likely to experience restorative sleep at night, they’re more likely to fall asleep unexpectedly during the day, increasing the risk of accidents on the road or at work.

How is sleep apnea treated?

Your sleep apnea treatment approach depends on your specific diagnosis, including both the type of sleep apnea you have and its degree of severity. If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea and you’re looking for a simple and effective solution, Dr. Kuo can help.

He provides custom oral appliances, including night guards, to help relieve chronic snoring and prevent breathing pauses. These devices are designed to move your jaw into a position that helps keep your airway open as you sleep.

Dr. Kuo can ensure your custom appliance continues to fit properly during your annual or semi-annual dental cleaning and exam.

Insurance

DENTAL PPO PLANS

Dr. Kuo's office accepts dental PPO plans. Please provide us with your insurance information either before or during your office visit so that we can determine your eligibility and benefits. We do our very best to maximize your benefits.

CUSTOM PAYMENT PLANS

Dr. Kuo's office provides custom payment plans for qualified patients. Please let us know if you need to initiate a custom payment plan and we will be happy to work with you. We also offer a discounted dental plan for those who do not have insurance. Make sure to ask us for the details! 

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Gregory Kuo, DDS, MS
15446 Bel-Red Road, Ste. 110
Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: 425-296-9783
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