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Dr. Doneskey is the regions leading Oral Medicine Specialist that deals in the expertise of dentistry that provides consultation and care to patients with complex diagnostic problems involving the airway, jaws and mouth that require on-going non-surgical management. This includes the treatment of sleep apnea, snoring, and the most complicated TMJ disorders.

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Sleep Apnea

A more serious condition where unlike snoring, the airway completely closes many times throughout the nighttime and can significantly reduce one’s oxygen levels in the body resulting in disrupted sleep. Depending on the person and the severity of the apnea, sleep apnea can result in excessive daytime sleepiness, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, weight gain and on occasion even heart attack and stroke.

What are common signs of sleep apnea?
What causes sleep apnea?
What are common signs of sleep apnea?

Oftentimes, the awakening from a sleep apnea episode is so brief that many sufferers don’t even remember it and aren’t even aware of their condition at all. Most patients only seek to diagnose their sleep apnea because their sleep partner is worried about their reoccurring gasping for air or loud snoring.

Along with interrupted breathing at night and snoring, other common symptoms to look out for include:

  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Lack of energy and motivation
  • Choking during sleep
  • Impaired memory
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent urination at night
What causes sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is caused by a blockage in the airway due to relaxation of the muscles in the back of your throat. There are several factors that may increase your risk of sleep apnea, including being male and aged 40 or older. Additional risk factors include:

  • Excess weight
  • Narrow airway
  • Large neck circumference
  • Family history
  • Nasal congestion
  • Medical conditions
  • Smoking and use of alcohol
  • Certain medications
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Snoring

The noise created when there is a partial closure of the airway and is often only as problematic as the noise itself. However in many cases snoring can also be associated with medical problems such as high blood pressure and significant daytime sleepiness. When snoring is associated with these issues a person is said to have a Respiratory Disturbance.

What is snoring?
Are there any natural ways to treat snoring?
What is snoring?

Snoring is the sound created by the vibration of tissue that passes through your airway. While you sleep, your throat muscles relax and the airway becomes more narrow. The greater the blockage in your airway is, the louder you’ll snore.

While it’s more common for men to snore, it can affect anyone regardless of age or gender. There are various factors that contribute to snoring, including weight, genetics, allergies, sleep position, nasal congestion, and alcohol consumption.

Are there any natural ways to treat snoring?

Yes! There are several lifestyle changes that can help manage your snoring and increase the effectiveness of other treatments, like Dr. Doneskey’s Silent Partner Treatment. Natural remedies may include losing weight, exercising regularly, limiting alcohol consumption, avoiding tobacco use, and positional therapy. 

However, it’s important to remember that this isn’t a long-term solution and is most effective when combined with professional treatment.

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TMJ

A sleep disorder that is characterized by varying degrees of tooth clenching that occurs during a person’s sleep. TMJ disorder can cause a number of different symptoms, the most common being headaches, jaw joint pain and facial pain. Nighttime clenching can also lead to TMJ popping, catching and locking. In addition to this, contributing factors, such as stress, anxiety, depression and other sleep disorders can lead to increased nighttime clenching and consequently cause TMJ related symptoms to worsen. Of these factors, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most significant. TMJ disorder and OSA are strongly interrelated problems.

Where does TMJ disorder come from?
Can alternative remedies help relieve TMJ pain?
Where does TMJ disorder come from?

There are many factors that may cause TMJ disorder, such as bruxism, missing teeth, certain types of arthritis in the TMJ, or dislocation of the ball and socket of the TMJ. Dr. Doneskey will assess your symptoms and entire mouth to determine the cause of your TMJ pain.

TMJ disorder causes frequent pain and stiffness in your jaw, along with several other symptoms including:

  • Clicking or popping sounds when moving the jaw
  • Lockjaw (tetanus)
  • Facial swelling and pain
  • Misaligned bite
  • Headaches, toothaches, or earaches 
  • Neck pain
Can alternative remedies help relieve TMJ pain?

Making certain lifestyle changes may help relieve TMJ symptoms in the short-term. Some natural remedies may include acupuncture, massage, jaw stretches, and sleep position.

However, it’s important to remember that these are temporary fixes and shouldn’t be considered a long-term solution. Give us a call at (425) 646-6409 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Doneskey so he can help determine an effective treatment for you.

The Highest Level of Oral Medicine Specialty Care

At the Sleep Apnea and Facial Pain Center, we will work hard to make sure that you feel comfortable and cared for at all times. We believe that our most important job is to first hear your concerns and objectives, gather careful and thorough information and then work closely with you to develop an appropriate treatment plan that meets your specific individual needs. You can be confident that your concerns and problems will be fully and expertly evaluated.

There’s always a sunny blue sky in the future for each of our patients. And our caring and experienced staff will be there for you each step of the way. Individualized care and a thoughtful and conservative treatment approach is how we change lives.

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Dr. Doneskey and our exceptional Bellevue team will always go the extra mile to provide the personalized care you need in a warm, comfortable environment.

To learn more about what we treat at the Sleep Apnea and Facial Pain Center, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. You can contact our office by calling (425) 646-6409 or by filling out our convenient online contact form. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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