Sleep Apnea Specialist

Smile Now Dental

Thomas Pham, DMD

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Arlington, WA

If you’re struggling with obstructive sleep apnea symptoms like loud snoring, chronic daytime exhaustion, or waking up with a dry mouth, your dentist may have the perfect answer to your problems. At Smile Now® Dental in Arlington, Tacoma, and Spanaway, Washington, the highly experienced dentists diagnose and treat sleep apnea using state-of-the-art solutions. Book your appointment online or by calling the location nearest you now.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What are the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea can cause a number of scary symptoms. If you suffer from this condition, your tongue and the soft tissue at the back of your throat essentially collapse for brief periods while you're asleep. This means that you stop breathing sporadically.

Many obstructive sleep apnea sufferers are unaware of their condition because they fall asleep again right away after their brief episodes. But, you may notice some symptoms during the day, such as:

  • Waking up feeling exhausted
  • Waking up gasping for air
  • Feeling drowsy all day
  • Dry throat when you wake up
  • Headaches in the morning

Your partner may also tell you that you snore loudly or toss and turn all night.

How can my dentist help with obstructive sleep apnea?

Your dentist can prescribe and fit a custom oral appliance to treat your obstructive sleep apnea. Oral appliances look a lot like athletic mouth guards. The Smile Now Dental providers examine your mouth to determine what type of oral appliance therapy will work best for you.

How does my oral appliance work?

Oral appliances work by shifting your jaw and tongue while you sleep preventing your throat from collapsing and inhibiting your breathing. You wear the oral appliance every night until your treatment is complete.

Treatment duration depends on your specific situation and on how your body responds to the oral appliance. You'll have regular appointments with the Smile Now Dental team so they can evaluate your progress.

What happens if obstructive sleep apnea isn't treated?

If you don't get treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, the consequences can be severe. Some possible complications include:

  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Heart damage, including possible heart failure or heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression

You don’t have to suffer these serious health consequences. Obstructive sleep apnea is a very treatable condition with the help of trusted medical professionals like your doctor and dentist. An oral appliance or another type of treatment can help you sleep comfortably, free of obstructive sleep apnea.

Don't gamble with your health by ignoring obstructive sleep apnea. Reach out to your Smile Now Dental team by phone or through the online scheduler for obstructive sleep apnea relief now.