What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a problematic sleep condition characterized by stopped or paused breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in your throat consistently collapse, blocking the passage of air. Sleep apnea is one of the most common causes of snoring and is known to increase the risk of multiple health conditions, including weight gain and heart disorders. Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Sleepiness during the day
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Insomnia and restless sleep
  • Waking up abruptly from sleep and feeling out of breath

At Creekside Dental Ellensburg, we provide special dental appliances to treat snoring and sleep apnea. These appliances are custom made, easy to wear during sleep, and effective. Made of a comfortable plastic, sleep apnea appliances in Ellensburg, Washington gently push and keep the lower jaw forward to maintain proper alignment during sleep. This alignment ensures your airway is clear and open. Our talented dentists, Drs. Packard and Packard, will be able to pick a snoring appliance that will work best for your individual needs. If you suffer from snoring, we invite you to contact our dental office today for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.