If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea or chronic snoring, then the compassionate professionals at the Snoring & Sleep Apnea Center can help you. With an exclusive dedication to dental sleep medicine for more than 19 years, Seattle dentist Dr. Robert Horchover utilizes his years of expertise and training to optimally resolve your sleep apnea and snoring problems. We serve patients from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska.
Snoring is so commonplace, it’s often considered a nuisance worthy of joke-making. Indeed, snoring is often considered a social problem suffered by the person who snores and the unfortunate person who shares the bed. However, banishing the snorer to the couch—or laughing off what is really a detrimental sleep problem—are not real solutions. In many cases, snoring is often the symptom of a serious medical problem: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). At our Seattle office, we treat patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and snoring difficulties.
If you break your leg or burn your hand, the cause and effect of your injury are instantly clear. However, the devastating effects of OSA aren’t as obvious. When you have obstructive sleep apnea, your body is continuously deprived of oxygen in small increments. Think of it like this: If you were on a two-mile walk, but each step you take is 1/8th inch shorter than the previous one, your journey would take longer and longer while increasing in difficulty. In fact, there would come a point where you are standing still. So, what begins as an undetectable problem eventually transforms into one that negatively impacts your body’s ability to compensate. In the broadest sense, this scenario describes how OSA can accelerate the aging process, and compromise your safety, health and quality of life. Ask yourself the following questions:
If you’re consistently experiencing exhaustion, moodiness, irritability, and impaired concentration, you may have OSA. In most cases of sleep apnea, someone close to the sufferer witnesses the symptoms first. It’s likely that your close friends and associates frequently notice the signs, but are embarrassed to speak with you about the problem. They start qualifying how they relate with you and may feel reluctant to speak candidly for fear of hurting you.
At our Seattle office, we use our experience in dental sleep medicine to offer our patients superb service, compassionate care, and quality appliances. We partner with your doctor to provide sleep apnea and snoring treatments, basing our care on your doctor’s diagnosis. To be diagnosed for OSA, it’s important that you complete an overnight sleep study, which can be ordered by your doctor. We are proud to work with your sleep physician, primary care physician, and medical community to create viable, comfortable, and long-lasting treatments.
The Snoring and Sleep Apnea Center offers relief for sufferers of OSA who live in the Northwest area, including Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Redmond and Alaska. Are you a patient seeking more information about sleep apnea and chronic snoring? Review our Sleep Apnea page, or contact us. For doctors who wish to refer patients to us for sleep apnea and snoring treatments, please click here.