Sleep Apnea Specialist

Chris Mueller, D.D.S. -  - General Dentist

Chris Mueller, D.D.S.

General Dentist & Implant Dentist located in Port Orchard, WA

More than 25 million adults in the US suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea increases your risk of developing a number of health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and depression. Before sleep apnea takes its toll on you, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Mueller in Port Orchard, Washington.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop and start breathing repeatedly. These pauses in your breathing last from a few seconds to a few minutes continuously, or a few times each hour you sleep. When you stop breathing, the oxygen level in your body drops, which causes your brain to do whatever is necessary to get you to start breathing again.

There are three main types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Most common. Caused by relaxed throat muscles.
  • Central Sleep Apnea: Your brain doesn't send the right signals to the muscles that control your breathing
  • Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome: A combination of both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea

Call or make an appointment online if you or your significant other notice the following symptoms:

  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping or choking
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pauses in breathing
  • Excessive daytime drowsiness

Sleep apnea is more common in men. Certain health conditions, including excess body weight, narrow airways, and a misaligned jaw, increase your risk of developing sleep apnea.

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

Dr. Mueller sets you up with a home sleep test which allows you to sleep at home wearing equipment that collects information about how you breathe during sleep. This contraption, which you set up yourself in the comfort of your own home, monitors your heart rate, blood oxygen level, airflow, and breathing patterns looking for indications of a drop in your oxygen level.  

How is sleep apnea treated?

If Dr. Mueller determines that you have sleep apnea, your treatment options include:

  • CPAP Machine: You wear a face mask connected by tubing to a constantly running machine.
  • Oral Appliance: Mouth guard-like device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway. Quieter, more comfortable, and easier to keep clean than a CPAP machine.
  • Surgery: Several different procedures available, all with varying degrees of success and side effects.

Your medical insurance often influences which options are available to you. Dr. Mueller helps you wade through the red tape and paperwork.

If sleep apnea is affecting your quality of life, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Mueller in Port Orchard, Washington.