Sleep Apnea Treatment in Stratford

Dr. Kwolek can have you sleeping comfortably again in no time. She treats sleep apnea using oral appliance therapy.

Sleep Apnea – treatment without a mask that works

What is Sleep Apnea?

In this diagram you can see how the airway collapses at the back of the throat, impeding the flow of air into the lungs. This is "Obstructive Sleep Apnea." Image credit: Wikemedia Commons

In this diagram you can see how the airway collapses at the back of the throat, impeding the flow of air into the lungs. This is “Obstructive Sleep Apnea.” Image credit: Wikemedia Commons

The disorder called sleep apnea refers to the condition where breathing pauses, or your breaths become shallow, during sleep. Dr. Kwolek has successfully treated many patients who suffer from sleep apnea with effective therapy that does not include wearing a mask.

As a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Kwolek stays current by regularly participating in continuing education classes for the treatment of sleep apnea.

Types of Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea

This is the most common form. It produces loud snoring and lapses in breathing of 10 seconds or more. The airways become blocked while sleeping, causing breathing to periodically stop or slow. Normal breathing then resumes, often accompanied by a loud choking or snorting sound. These fluctuations interrupt deep sleep and most often result in tiredness during the day.

Central sleep apnea

There is a failure of the central nervous system to send a message to those muscles that control breathing. The result is no breathing occurring for brief periods during sleep.

Mixed sleep apnea

This condition is a combination of both the obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

These symptoms are common with individuals suffering from any degree of sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring interrupted at times with gasping or choking while sleeping
  • Periods of no breathing occurring for 10 or more seconds
  • Feeling sleepy during the waking hours, even when the person thinks they slept well

Oral Appliance Therapy for treating Sleep Apnea

Dr. Kwolek uses oral appliances to comfortably treat sleep apnea.

Dr. Kwolek uses oral appliances to comfortably treat sleep apnea.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends dental devices for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea who are not appropriate candidates for CPAP therapy (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure):

If you have already been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, Dr. Kwolek can treat the condition with Oral Appliance Therapy. Similar to a mouth guard, you wear the custom-fitted appliance over your teeth while you sleep. The appliance effectively keeps the airway open.

Dr. Kwolek will take impressions and design an oral appliance that is specifically fitted to you for treatment of sleep apnea. Every patient is different, so she uses the best oral appliance that is most effective for each patient’s particular needs.

The more comfortable alternative to CPAP

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Many sleep apnea patients find CPAP treatment intolerable. Dr. Kwolek uses oral appliances as a more comfortable alternative.

Many patients find CPAP an uncomfortable solution to obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP requires the patient to wear a mask while sleeping that is connected with a tube to a machine that pumps air into the tube. Instead, they have found that oral appliance therapy is much more comfortable while producing results.

Not sure if you have Sleep Apnea? Take a test

To get a better idea of the condition of your sleep and to see if you may be suffering from a sleep disorder, take this online Sleep Apnea Test. If the test results show that you have a likelihood of sleep apnea you can come in for a consultation with Dr. Kwolek to be examined further.

No more loud snoring!

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Snoring can be treated with oral appliances, whether or not the cause is sleep apnea.

Snoring is the sound of obstructed airways during sleep. When the soft tissues at the back of the throat fall back against the back of the throat they vibrate and cause the sound of snoring. Snoring can be a sign of the more serious condition of sleep apnea.

Snoring can be a symptom of Sleep Apnea

Although heavy snoring is associated with sleep apnea, you can also snore without having this disorder. We provide an online test that helps screen for sleep apnea sufferers versus simple snorers. Click here to begin your test.

Treatment for Snoring

If you snore, Dr. Kwolek can help by creating an oral appliance that will effectively stop the snoring. It is custom made from the impressions she takes. The appliance keeps the airway open by slightly pushing the lower jaw forward and downward. This leads to a deeper, more restful and quiet sleep by preventing snoring.

To make an appointment, call 203.378.9500 or click here to request an appointment online.