Sheboygan, WI Dentist Dr. John Korolewski provides Sleep Apnea Dentistry services and treatment. It is estimated that as many as 22 million adults in the U.S. have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder which causes them to stop breathing up to hundreds of times a night for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute. Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring, teeth grinding/clenching, lack of energy, morning headaches, frequent nocturnal urination, depression, excessive daytime sleepiness, nighttime gasping/choking and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD).
If left untreated, sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening condition that can increase the risk for serious health problems from congestive heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity. In addition, poor sleep quality leads to poor quality of life.
The diagnosis of sleep apnea requires an evaluation and sleep study by a Sleep Physician specialist. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the most effective proven method to manage sleep apnea. However, according to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), up to 50 percent of sleep apnea patients do not comply with or cannot tolerate CPAP.
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Dr. Korolewski is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), the only non-profit professional association dedicated exclusively to the practice of dental sleep medicine. He helps treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy (with a written prescription from a Sleep Physician), an effective treatment that is covered by most medical insurance plans.
Provided by a dentist, oral appliance therapy uses a custom-fit, “mouth guard-like” device worn only during sleep that helps maintain an open, unobstructed airway. This can help you and your bedpartner get a good night’s sleep and can improve your health. The following video clip provides a brief overview of the fitting process for an oral appliance.
Click here to learn more about oral appliance therapy for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. For an evaluation to see if you are a candidate for oral appliance therapy, please call our office and make an appointment to see Dr. Korolewski.