As a gentle dentistry practice in Clayton, MO, Dr. Winsome Henry-Ward and her team are of the mindset that dental health is directly tied to your overall health. One instance where this is truly apparent is sleep apnea! Sleep apnea is a pesky sleep disorder where your airway is temporarily blocked during sleep, which results in a cessation of breathing for a few seconds, and sometimes up to 30 seconds. You may feel groggy all the time, get regular headaches, dry mouth, irritability. All of these problems, and more serious health issues, arise when you’re dealing with sleep apnea.

While many think, well a sleep issue can only be treated by my medical doctor, that’s not true!

How Dentists Can Help Treat Your Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is caused by the relaxation of the throat muscles that should support the tongue and soft tissues of the mouth in order to keep your airway open. Studies have shown that in some cases sleep apnea can also be caused by jaw misalignment. So while it may seem like something only the doctor can fix, it’s actually very closely tied to your oral health!

After a consultation with the dentist for sleep apnea you’ll learn all about oral appliances for treatment of this condition. The way it works is the dentist will take a mold of your mouth and a mouthpiece, similar to the mouthguard you wore for high school sports, will be crafted just for you. The oral appliance will perfectly fit your mouth in a way that will keep your airways open throughout the night, therefore treating your sleep apnea and reducing symptoms.

It’s a popular choice due to the ease of use and transport, as well as the comfort, compared to traditional CPAP machines! And it’s all prescribed and designed in the dentist’s chair with care.

Ready to Take Control & Say Goodbye to Sleep Apnea Symptoms For Good?

Our website features a lot of helpful information on sleep apnea, like risk factors, symptoms, and details about treatment options. If after reading up on sleep apnea you’re ready to take back control of your health and treat this condition, Dr. Winsome Henry-Ward and her team are ready to assist you. Call 314-862-1118 to set up your sleep apnea consultation in Clayton, MO today!

What Our Patients Say

Very gentle, very competent. I am very appreciative of your skill and skill of your staff. Thanks.

Shawna Silva

One day during my morning prayer and meditation I had to look up the word honorable. The word is rich in meaning and implies the purest, highest, noblest kind of goodness. Honorable means “lovely”, “winsome”, “gracious”, “noble” and “excellent’. Your name, Winsome, definitely describes your character and your practice. God bless and keep you!!!

Jan Paul

Beginning in 1995 Dr. Ward took over my dental care. She has proven to be as painless as I believe possible. My bridges have performed perfectly. My extractions have been very few, and my partial is working without incident. I recommend that anyone needing dental work consider using Dr. Ward.

Rudolph Hughes

Dr. Ward, I want you to know how much I appreciate the care I have received here. I am so happy with the improvement in my gums, and it is because of your emphasis on preventive oral care. It has made a huge difference, and I thank you.

Dave Diaz

Since having my first traumatic experience as a 9 year old with an army dentist I was always anxious about going to the dentist; my muscles would get tense, and I would grip the arms of the dentist chair, anticipating the worst.
But what a difference Dr. Ward has made in my previously harrowing experiences with dentists. With her calm caring manner and soothing touch, I actually became more relaxed in the dentist chair. What a relief!

Then as a bonus, there are times she would softly hum a tune which even makes me more calm, like a mother soothing an anxious baby – I guess I must have been a big baby when it came to dentists, but not anymore! Thank God for Dr. Ward! And her friendly staff aren’t too bad either.

Deanna Little