Sleep apnea is a common but serious condition affecting countless individuals, disrupting sleep and impacting overall health. In Urbandale, IA, the conversation often turns to one solution: CPAP machines. While effective, they are not the sole treatment available.

At Lawson Dentistry, we understand the hesitation some may have towards using CPAP and offer alternative sleep apnea treatments tailored to our patient’s needs and comfort.

Expert Care for Sleep Apnea

With over a decade of experience treating sleep disorders, our dentist brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to sleep apnea care in Urbandale. As a doctorate holder in dental surgery and a qualified dentist recognized by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), her approach is comprehensive and patient-centric.

Lawson Dentistry doesn’t just look at the symptoms; we delve into the root causes of your sleep apnea. This thorough understanding allows us to provide various treatment options beyond the traditional CPAP machine. Our practice is equipped with the latest in dental sleep technology, and our dedicated team is trained to offer effective and less invasive treatments, prioritizing your comfort and health.

Each patient’s sleep apnea journey is personal, our team are dedicated to providing bespoke advice that resonates with your needs. We ensure our recommendations for at-home care are tailored to integrate smoothly into your lifestyle.

At-Home Positional Therapy Guidance

Positional therapy can be a potent self-managed approach for those with positional sleep apnea, characterized by worsening symptoms in certain sleep positions. While we do not provide positional therapy devices, we offer valuable guidance on how to implement this method at home:

  • Understanding Positional Therapy: We educate you on techniques to avoid sleeping on your back, which can aggravate sleep apnea symptoms.
  • Personalized Advice: Our team can recommend ways to promote side sleeping, such as using specially designed pillows or sleepwear.
  • Success Framework: We share insights and tips that have helped many residents improve their sleep quality through at-home positional therapy.

Incorporating positional therapy into your sleep apnea management plan, we help you find the most comfortable and effective way to alleviate your symptoms and enjoy uninterrupted sleep.

Supporting Weight Management

The relationship between body weight and sleep apnea is undeniable. While we do not run a weight management program, we are passionate about providing you with guidance to manage your weight effectively at home, thereby improving sleep apnea:

  1. Initial Assessment: We help you understand how your weight may impact sleep apnea.
  2. Goal Setting: We guide you in setting practical weight loss goals to aid in sleep apnea symptom reduction.

By following our guidance on weight management and lifestyle adjustments, many patients have found they can significantly improve their sleep apnea symptoms and overall health.

Lifestyle Adjustments for Better Sleep

We understand that managing sleep apnea effectively often requires changes beyond the dental chair. While direct services for lifestyle changes are not provided, our team is committed to guiding you toward beneficial adjustments that can be made in the comfort of your own home.

Here are some key lifestyle modifications we recommend:


It’s well-known that smoking can exacerbate sleep apnea by causing inflammation and fluid retention in the airway. Dr. Lawson guides local resources to help patients quit smoking.


Alcohol relaxes the throat muscles, which can worsen sleep apnea. We advise on moderation and provide tips for reducing consumption, especially before bedtime.

Allergen Management

Improving the air quality in your bedroom can help reduce sleep apnea symptoms. We suggest using air purifiers and hypoallergenic bedding to minimize potential allergens.

Establishing a Sleep Routine

Keeping a consistent sleep schedule can improve sleep quality. We emphasize the importance of a regular bedtime routine and offer strategies to help you stick to it.

By embracing these lifestyle adjustments, our patients can often see a marked improvement in their sleep apnea symptoms and overall sleep quality.

Custom-Fitted Dental Appliances for Sleep Apnea

Dr. Lawson specializes in custom-fitted dental appliances that offer a personalized and comfortable solution for managing sleep apnea. These appliances are designed to keep the airway open during sleep, providing an effective alternative to CPAP machines. Here’s what our patients can expect:

Customization and Comfort

  • Tailored Fit: Each dental appliance is custom-fitted to the individual contours of your mouth, ensuring maximum comfort and effectiveness.
  • Personalized Adjustments: We ensure that every appliance is adjusted to meet the specific needs of your diagnosis, optimizing the relief of sleep apnea symptoms.

Home Care for Your Dental Appliance

  • Daily Cleaning: We provide detailed instructions on how to clean your appliance daily to maintain optimal hygiene and function.
  • Proper Storage: Dr. Lawson advises on the best practices for storing your appliance to preserve its shape and integrity.
  • Consistent Use: Consistent use is crucial to get the full benefit of your dental appliance. We offer tips and support to seamlessly integrate the appliance into your nightly routine.

Maintenance and Follow-Up

  • Routine Checks: We educate you on inspecting your appliance for wear or damage and what signs to look for that might indicate a need for professional adjustment.
  • Scheduled Visits: Regular follow-up visits are scheduled to ensure the appliance functions correctly and to make necessary modifications for continued comfort and effectiveness.

With a custom-fitted dental appliance, our patients have a practical and less intrusive option for managing their sleep apnea, leading to improved sleep and a better quality of life.

Streamlined At-Home Sleep Apnea Monitoring

Beyond offering custom-fitted appliances we ensure a comprehensive approach to your sleep apnea treatment, starting with our at-home sleep monitoring service. This convenient service involves using state-of-the-art BRAEBON™ biosensors to record vital sleep data from your bed.

In collaboration with Dental Sleep Solutions, we guarantee a quick turnaround, providing you with the device within 72 hours. Once we assess your sleep data, the journey towards better sleep may lead to a custom-fitted appliance designed to improve your nighttime breathing.

Over-the-Counter Sleep Apnea Devices

While Lawson Dentistry provides custom-fitted solutions, we also inform patients about over-the-counter (OTC) options. OTC devices like anti-snore pillows or nasal strips may relieve mild sleep apnea. However, they are generally less effective for moderate to severe cases. It’s important to consult with your sleep dentist before relying on these as a primary treatment method.

Your Path to Better Sleep: Embrace the Journey

Adhering to your personalized treatment plan is essential for overcoming sleep apnea. We are committed to guiding you through this journey.

We invite you to call us at (515) 278-4366 or complete our online contact form to get started with us for better sleep and improved well-being. If you’re ready to take the next step in your sleep apnea treatment, contact us for a consultation. Together, we can achieve restful nights and healthier days.