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Sleep Apnea


We Can Help!

 We are concerned about your overall health, including your sleep health. So often we hear:

  • I’m tired all the time
  • I never feel rested
  • No, I don’t think I snore (or maybe you do)

Did you know:

  • Your teeth can show the early signs of a breathing disorders
  • Many people suffer needlessly from dangerous sleep disruptive conditions that keep them from getting enough oxygen at night
  • Your risk of heart attack is 23 times over average with an undiagnosed sleep disorder
  • 92% of stroke victims live unknowingly with this condition before an attack.
  • Estimates suggest that more than 12M Americans compromise their health due to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)

Most cases (approximately 83%) remain undiagnosed and contribute to:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Hypertension
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Traffic accidents related to drowsy driving

Dentistry serves a vital role in treating this silent epidemic. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliances as a primary therapy for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and for patients with severe sleep apnea who cannot tolerate CPAP treatment.

TREAT | Successful Outcomes

Dr. Richardson, along with Board-Certified Sleep Specialists and Awaken2Sleep, are keenly aware of the benefits of all treatment modalities for obstructive sleep apnea, including the advances in oral appliance therapy. Testing has never been easier… a small at-home tester is delivered by Awaken2Sleep and utilized for two evenings. No need to go to a sleep center! Medical insurance billing is handled for you by the Kirkland Dentistry team and Awaken2Sleep.

How often do you stop breathing for at least 10 seconds at a time each night?  Know your AHI number!  Apnea–Hypopnea Index or Apnoea–Hypopnoea Index (AHI) is an index used to indicate the severity of sleep apnea – how often breathing is interrupted. It is represented by the number of apnea and hypopnea events per night. Treatment recommendations are based on AASM (American Academy of Sleep Medicine) guidelines. According to these standards, mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (AHI 5 – 30) can be treated with oral appliance therapy as the first modality of care. Whereas, patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea (AHI > 30) are required to use CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure).

There are few things in life more refreshing than a “good night’s sleep”. Dr. Richardson and the Kirkland Dentistry team are pleased to have the ability to change lives in such a dramatic way and value this incredible opportunity.

Contact our office at (425) 823-6820 today to learn more!