Lawson Family Dentistry

Sleep Apnea Treatment Urbandale

If you’re waking up feeling tired, feel like you haven’t slept at all, have daytime fatigue, and daily sleepiness, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) could be the culprit. Sleep apnea is a very common sleep-related breathing disorder (SRBD) that can cause you to gasp and choke for air up to 100 times per hour overnight, disrupting your breathing and potentially leading to serious health issues like heart failure, stroke, Type II Diabetes, and a number of other very serious health conditions.

Why See a Sleep Dentist?

Dr. Lawson has dedicated a large part of her career to sleep apnea education and training and feels privileged to help patients of all ages achieve the restful sleep they deserve and need to function. Simply put, Dr. Lawson helps you achieve better sleep without surgery, narcotic medication, and costly treatments.

From monitoring for sleep apnea to using custom-fitted sleep appliances to gently realign your mouth and jaws, your body will get the steady flow of oxygen it needs to reach deep, restful slumber. If you feel you need sleep apnea treatment in Urbandale, Dr. Jessica Lawson at Lawson Dentistry is the sleep dentist who will restore your sleep and give you your life back.

Medical doctors treat a vast array of health issues, but sleep apnea treatment requires very specific training that many medical doctors simply are not able to focus on throughout their education. That’s why sleep dentists like Dr. Lawson are being sought out to help people who have suffered from sleep apnea for years if not decades.

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What, Exactly, is Sleep Apnea?

While there are several types of sleep apnea, OSA—obstructive sleep apnea—is, by far, the most common and the one that Dr. Lawson treats in her practice every day. When the tissue in your airway becomes so relaxed that it actually obstructs your airway, not allowing air to flow smoothly, you will snore, choke, and gasp for air as you try to breathe. Snoring is simply the sound that we make when trying to force air through a blocked airway.

While many couples view snoring as just an annoyance and make jokes about kicking their spouse or partner to the couch, snoring is one of the most prevalent indicators of sleep apnea. If you snore, you likely have sleep apnea; if you have sleep apnea, you’re likely a snorer. More men than women have sleep apnea, and children are the population least likely to have sleep apnea. Millions of people have sleep apnea, but most go undiagnosed and never seek treatment.

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Sleep Apnea Treatment in Urbandale

Any sleep dentist will tell you that CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) has been the gold standard for successful sleep apnea treatment for decades. However, CPAP is not for everyone, and it is difficult to tolerate as you have to wear a mask of sorts, be hooked up to wires that are connected to a loud machine, and expect to sleep while this machine keeps your airway open, allowing you to breathe restfully.

If the thought of CPAP doesn’t appeal to you, please know that there are CPAP alternatives that are proving to be highly effective sleep apnea treatments in Urbandale. Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is leading the way as an affordable, easy, comfortable sleep apnea treatment that most people respond very well to, regardless of age, medical history, and socioeconomic status.

The great thing about Oral Appliance Therapy is there’s so little maintenance; you can take your appliance anywhere you travel, there’s no medication involved, and no bulky breathing machines. Regardless of the severity of your sleep apnea, you can be custom-fitted for an oral orthotic that will change your life.

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At-Home Sleep Studies Now Available

You can even now take an at-home sleep test over the course of two nights to get an “official” sleep apnea diagnosis. You used to have to spend the night in a sleep clinic monitored by sleep technicians while you were hooked up to wires and machines. Now, with revolutionary at-home sleep test software and equipment, you simply follow the directions, and your sleep dentist in Urbandale reviews your findings and discusses a sleep apnea treatment plan custom-designed for you.

Our at-home sleep monitoring assesses your risk of sleep apnea right from the comfort of your own bed. It uses multiple precise biosensors to track your oxygen levels, breathing rate, and breathing effort as you snooze comfortably at home—not on display in a lab.

Assessment results are only as reliable as the device collecting them — and we’ve invested in proven BRAEBON™ monitoring devices that have shown they accurately support sleep apnea diagnosis time and time again.

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Get Sleep Apnea Treatment in Urbandale

Aren’t you tired of feeling tired upon waking? Don’t you deserve “normal” sleep like the rest of the world? Please call Lawson Dentistry at (515) 278-4366 to schedule a sleep apnea evaluation with sleep dentist Dr. Jessica Lawson and her amazing team. You may also fill out our online contact form so we can reach out to answer questions or help you with scheduling.

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