CPAP devises to maintain open airways while you sleep

If you’re like many people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you may have been told that your only treatment option is to use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. While CPAP is the most common and effective treatment for OSA, it’s not the only option. There are other treatments available that can help you get the rest you need. Knowing which airway therapy option is best for your condition starts with a consultation with Dr. Tokiko Poppe and her team at Cosmos Dentistry in Bellevue, Washington.

Alternative options to positive airway pressure therapy

If you’re not sure about using CPAP, or if you’ve tried it and couldn’t get used to it, talk to your doctor about other options. Some people with OSA find they can treat their condition with lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, or sleeping on their side. Others may need to use an oral appliance that can be more comfortable.

Which treatment is suitable for my condition?

While both CPAP and oral appliance treatment are sufficient for patients, it is vital that patients work directly with a professional to monitor their condition over time. Untreated OSA can cause a host of issues for patients, negatively impacting their quality of life every day.

What are some signs that you may be dealing with obstructive sleep apnea?

There are several symptoms that may be noticed if you have OSA, and they may include the following:

  • Waking up regularly during the night gasping for air
  • Loud snoring
  • Feeling exhausted during the day, no matter how much sleep you’ve gotten
  • Feeling irritable or having mood swings
  • Difficulty concentrating or memory problems

Who do I talk to about CPAP treatment for my obstructive sleep apnea?

If you have been diagnosed with OSA and want to speak to a dental professional in Bellevue, WA, about treatment options, call Dr. Tokiko Poppe and her team at Cosmos Dentistry to discuss solutions. Call (425) 448-4770 to request an appointment with our professionals. We are open to new and returning patients at our facility, conveniently located at 1515 116th Ave NE, Suite #301.

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Dr. Tokiko Poppe

Dr. Tokiko Poppe graduated from the University of the Pacific's Arthur Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. She has received extensive training in all aspects of dentistry and was involved in craniofacial research and studies on cleft lip and palate in school.

Dr. Poppe also completed a General Practice Residency in California, where she cared for medically-compromised adults at Veterans Hospital and children under general anesthesia at the University Medical Center. She is a member of the ADA, AAGO, AAPMD, WSDA, SKCD, AGD, American Laser Study, TBI Ambassadors, and AMR advanced program. She has completed Spear Education which dentists pursue to learn complex restorative dentistry. Dr. Poppe is also an osteopathic-trained dentist, having learned the whole-body approach from osteopathic physicians. She follows continuing education to stay abreast of the latest dental trends and enjoys sharing her knowledge with her community.

She also holds a Japanese dental license and speaks Japanese and English.