Does your partner complain about your snoring? Do you have a CPAP for sleep apnea, but can’t wear it? Or won’t wear it?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be a candidate for Sleep Apnea Dentistry. Dr. Korolewski is currently the only dentist in Sheboygan that is Qualified by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine to provide Oral Appliance Therapy for obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, allowing the soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. As a result, sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing up to hundreds of times a night for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute. Snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, memory problems, irritability, fatigue and insomnia are all signs that you could be losing shut-eye to sleep apnea. If left untreated, sleep apnea can be a potentially life-threatening condition. It can increase the risk for other serious health problems such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression.
Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea that fits easily into your lifestyle. A dental oral appliance looks like a sports mouth guard and is worn only during sleep. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway, preventing sleep apnea and snoring.
Once you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea by a Sleep Physician, Sheboygan dentist Dr. John Korolewski can make a custom-fitted oral appliance using impressions and models of your teeth. Oral appliance therapy is covered by many medical insurance plans. Patients like it because it’s comfortable, easy to wear, quiet, portable, convenient for travel and easy to clean.
People with untreated sleep apnea live ten years less on average. And partners of people with sleep apnea are better rested once their partner’s snoring is treated. As dentists we appreciate that while we can help people eat better and have great smiles. But even better, we can help people breath and sleep better. Check out the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine to learn more and call our office if you want help.