Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder. It happens when a person’s airways become blocked during sleep and they literally stop breathing. Deprived of oxygen, the sleeper can wake up several, or even several hundred times each night.
People with sleep apnea may snore loudly or make choking noises as they try to breathe at night. But far more serious are the long-term affects of oxygen and sleep deprivation. Sleep apnea should not be taken lightly. It can lead to dangerous health issues, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, brain damage, depression, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, weight gain and more.
Many people have sleep apnea and don’t even know it. They aren’t aware that they’re waking up during the night – only that they never really feel rested.
With the escalating sleep crisis in America, now is the time to get help. If you or someone you know has sleep apnea symptoms, there are solutions that don’t involve bulky, uncomfortable breathing machines.
Pawlus Dental offers take home sleep studies that can be completed in 1 or 2 night studies from the comfort of your own home.
Oral sleep appliance therapy can be a very effective treatment option for patients suffering from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. These custom-fit appliances shift the lower jaw forward and open the bite and airway.
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, come into our office for a consultation. Dr. Pawlus staff is specially trained in dental sleep medicine. He can fit you with an oral appliance, similar to an orthodontic retainer or sports mouth guard, that helps keep your airways open during sleep.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral sleep appliances as a first line treatment option for individuals with mild or moderate sleep apnea or for those who are unable to use CPAP successfully. Oral appliances are also considered for those who are not candidates or prefer not to pursue airway surgery.
We can bill your medical insurance directly, saving you time and money.