The Bellevue Patient's Guide to Sleep Apnea

What is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that prompts patients to stop breathing several times throughout the night. This is caused by a blockage in the airway, constricting the amount of oxygen that travels to the brain.

During these sleep apnea episodes, the brain signals your body to wake up and gasp for air. This can happen up to 30 times each hour while sleeping. However, most patients don’t typically remember these episodes the following morning.

normal airway vs obstructive sleep apnea
woman covering her ears with pillow because of snoring partner

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are excessive snoring and gasping for air throughout the night. Further sleep apnea signs to look out for are:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Reduced libido
  • Morning headaches
  • Irritability
  • Impaired memory
  • Lack of energy
  • Decreased motivation

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important not to worry. During your consultation with Dr. Doneskey, he’ll review your signs and symptoms and determine with you, if a home sleep study is indicated.

Once you’ve been diagnosed, Dr. Doneskey will discuss your treatment options and help determine the best solution for your condition. To get started, give us a call at (425) 646-6409 to speak to a friendly staff member.

The SilentPartner™ Treatment

As the region’s leading Oral Medicine Specialist, Dr. Doneskey provides the highest quality of care to patients suffering from sleep apnea, snoring, and TMJ pain.

Our Bellevue sleep specialist developed an FDA-cleared, oral sleep device known as the SilentPartner Treatment. It’s custom-designed to manage snoring and obstructive sleep apnea in a convenient and simple approach compared to other oral appliances. Best of all, SilentPartner Treatment provides patients with a more comfortable alternative to CPAP therapy.

picture of a SilentPartner mouthpiece