Snoring Appliance

This common condition, often known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is defined as having sporadic airflow blockage that occurs while sleeping. It is important to Dr. Kenneth Kowalski that patients with sleep apnea have their condition addressed, as leaving sleep apnea untreated can potentially increase the risk of heart attack, hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, stroke, depression, obesity and even death.

To begin treatment, our dentist offers a free screening at Kowalski Dental Offices with a Rhinometer and Pharyngometer. We also have a sleep apnea form that we require to be filled out before your screening, which you can fill out here. Please call or text our office at 262-781-5600 to receive this complimentary screening, and learn more about this sleep apnea treatment in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder marked by interruptions and pauses in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or collapsed tissues in the airway. Untreated sleep apnea can contribute to several serious health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver problems.

Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep physician. We recommend that you talk to your dentist, as well as your doctor, if you suffer from the symptoms of sleep apnea. Common signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Extreme drowsiness during the day
  • Personality changes and irritability
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Snoring
  • Awakening with a very dry or sore throat
  • Frequent morning headaches

Sleep apnea treatment may depend on the severity of the condition. If you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, our dentist may recommend an oral appliance. The oral appliance works to treat obstructive sleep apnea by fitting over your teeth and keeping your airway open while you sleep. It can work by preventing the tongue from blocking the air passage or by holding your jaw in a position that prevents airway blockages during sleep. For more information on sleep apnea treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our dental practice today. We are committed to helping you improve your health!