Welcome to GoodSleepSeattle.com
We are an Advanced State-of-the-Art Facility Dedicated to TMJ and Sleep Apnea treatments.
Dr. David Buck is a recognized expert in the treatment of these disorders. He and his team can work with you to manage the serious disease of sleep apnea.
Dr. Buck is also part of a collaborative team consisting of sleep physicians, sleep techs, sleep centers, ENT physicians and pulmonologists who all combine their expertise where needed to maximally manage obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.
The use of medically-approved oral appliances often are critical to the best control of sleep apnea. The oral appliances can be used, at times, when CPAP or other positive pressure devices are not tolerated well by the patient. Oral appliances also can be used when it is inconvenient to travel with a CPAP. We see patients who have not been diagnosed for sleep apnea, and we can coordinate appropriate diagnosis with qualified physicians. We also see patients who are referred by sleep doctors for the specific creation of a custom fitted oral sleep appliance. Additionally, we see patients who are not able to use their CPAP and, essentially, are going untreated.
Dr. Buck believes in co-therapy whereby the use of a properly titrated oral appliance can be used in conjunction with a much-reduced pressure setting for CPAP, making it tolerable for patients once again.
The Effects of Untreated Sleep Apnea
Dr. Buck believes obstructive sleep apnea is one the most serious disorders affecting upwards of 100 million Americans. This disease is often accompanied by problem snoring, however it is possible to have serious apnea without snoring at all. Snoring once was thought of as a nuisance problem, but now over the last 10-15 years the medical establishment recognizes that snoring is not a harmless issue. The reduction of oxygen to the body that accompanies sleep disordered breathing disrupts many vital body functions, most notably is a root cause for hypertension (high blood pressure); independent risk for stroke; independent risk for adult onset diabetes; accelerates obesity problems; independent risk for impotence; can cause TMJ and headaches; can increase memory problems. Many other diseases are adversely affected by untreated sleep apnea.
Three Types of Apnea
The Greek word "apnea" literally means "without breath." There are three types of apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed; of the three, obstructive is the most common. Despite the difference in the root cause of each type, in all three, people with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer.
Risk Factors of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is very common, as common as adult diabetes, according to the National Institutes of Health. Risk factors include being male, overweight, and over the age of forty. However, sleep apnea can strike anyone at any age, even children. Yet still because of the lack of awareness by the public and healthcare professionals, the vast majority of suffers remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated, despite the fact that this serious disorder can have significant, and deadly consequences.