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Weishaar & Weber Dentistry

Dentists located in Spokane Valley, WA

Sleep Apnea

If your partner’s complaining about your snoring and you feel tired no matter how much sleep you get, you may be one of the 18 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a severe and sometimes life-threatening condition, but you can find a solution at Weishaar & Weber Dentistry. Located in Spokane Valley, Washington, the dental practice offers custom-fit oral appliances to reduce your sleep apnea symptoms. Call Weishaar & Weber Dentistry today to schedule your appointment. You can even book online.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

Weishaar & Weber Dentistry

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when your breathing suddenly stops for brief periods of time when you’re sleeping. It often impacts the quality of your sleep and can cause loud snoring.

There are different types of sleep apnea with different causes:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your throat muscles relax
  • Central sleep apnea results when proper signals don't reach the muscles that control breathing
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea manifests in a variety of ways, including:

  • Loud snoring
  • Breathing cessation during sleep
  • Startled awakenings due to shortness of breath
  • Dry mouth or sore throat
  • Morning headaches

Because sleep apnea impacts your quality of sleep, you may also notice that you’re excessively tired or suffer from attention problems. This lack of sleep can make you more irritable than usual.

Are there things you can do at home to improve sleep apnea?

When you have a mild case of sleep apnea, your dentist may recommend a few behavioral modifications to improve your condition. Simple things like changing your sleep position can alleviate symptoms, as can losing weight and getting 30 minutes of daily exercise.

If you smoke cigarettes, your dentist recommends quitting. Avoiding alcohol and other medications that have a relaxing effect can also improve sleep apnea.

In some cases, your dentist may suggest a saline nasal spray to help keep your nasal passages less congested.

How does a dentist treat sleep apnea?

When you see your dentist at Weishaar & Weber Dentistry for sleep apnea, they may recommend wearing an oral appliance to keep your throat open. Most of these devices work by bringing your jaw forward when you sleep. That can alleviate snoring and improve your night breathing.

There are multiple apnea oral appliances, and your dentist may suggest trying more than one to see which gives you the best results. Most are custom-fit devices that resemble mouth guards. You wear these appliances only at night to keep your throat open.

In some severe cases of sleep apnea, your dentist may advise you to consider surgery.

If you’ve tried traditional continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy and struggle with your CPAP device, talk to your dentist about an easier solution for sleep apnea. Call Weishaar & Weber Dentistry to schedule your appointment or book online now.

Insurance

We are preferred providers for the following: Guardian, Connection Dental, Delta Dental of Washington, All Delta Plans, Premera/Blue Cross, United Concordia, GEHA/Connection Dental, Blue Cross of Idaho, Cigna, Metlife, Ameritas, Aetna, Principal and UMR/Connection Dental. We also accept all other dental insurances. For questions about our financial policy and insurance questions, please e-mail Cathi, our Financial Manager at cathi@drweishaar.com

Aetna
Ameritas
Blue Cross of Idaho
Cigna
Connection Dental
Delta Dental
GEHA
Guardian
MetLife
Premera Blue Cross
Principal Dental
UMR
United Concordia
Testimonials

Words from our patients

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    "I would like to give my highest regards to this dental office for far exceeding my expectations."

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    "I am so Happy to have picked Dr. Weber for my needs, the whole experience of getting dentures has been painless."

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    "I felt very welcomed and I feel they honestly cared and Dr Weber did an awesome job on the repair! Highly Recommend!"

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    "A special thanks to all that staff who consistently go above and beyond to provide an incredible experience for their clients - like me!"

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    "Great service from an exceptional group of professionals who take the extra steps to ensure the wellbeing of their patients."

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    "I cannot say enough good things about this place. They have been *so* amazing, and unbelievably accommodating in so many ways."

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Location
Weishaar & Weber Dentistry
1005 North Evergreen Road, Suite 101
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
Phone: 509-922-3333
Fax: 509-922-6533
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509-922-3333