Sleep Apnea

Robert A.  Sue, DDS -  - General Dentist

Glendale Dental Wellness Center

Robert A. Sue, DDS

General Dentist located in Glendale, CA

Does your partner complain that you snore loudly or notice that you stop breathing in your sleep? You may have a condition known as sleep apnea, a serious disorder that can result in more severe medical issues. At Glendale Dental Wellness in Glendale, California, Dr. Robert Sue offers comprehensive sleep apnea evaluations and treatment options, including dental appliances and specialist referrals, to restore your quality of sleep. Schedule a consultation online or by phone today to learn more about treating sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening sleep disorder where you stop breathing for periods of time while you sleep. Untreated sleep apnea can deprive your body and brain of oxygen and lead to serious medical complications.

What causes sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea commonly occurs due to a blockage in your airway as the result of soft tissue collapse in the back of your throat. This condition is commonly known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

A less common cause of sleep apnea is when your brain doesn’t signal your muscles to breathe due to a condition called central sleep apnea (CSA).

Factors that make you more susceptible to the development of sleep apnea include:

  • Being overweight
  • Large neck size
  • Large tonsils
  • Deviated septum
  • Sinus problems
  • Gastroesophageal reflux

Men may be at greater risk for developing sleep apnea, but the condition affects women too. You may also be at increased risk for sleep apnea if a member of your immediate family has the condition.

What complications can sleep apnea cause?

If you have sleep apnea that goes untreated, you could be at increased risk for developing serious health problems such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Headaches
  • Heart failure
  • High blood pressure

People with sleep apnea often experience performance difficulties in regular activities, including work and school, and may experience persistent fatigue due to sleep interruption and a lack of oxygen.

What treatment options are available for sleep apnea?

Dr. Sue evaluates each patient individually to identify the treatment option that works best for them. He offers orthodontic treatments to alleviate sleep apnea, but he may also recommend:

  • Oral appliances: keeps your airways open while you sleep
  • Surgery: prevents soft tissue from blocking your throat’s airway
  • CPAP machine: delivers oxygen through a mask while you sleep

To learn more about sleep apnea and your treatment options, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sue by calling the office directly or using the online booking feature.

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