Sleep apnea is a common medical disorder that is life threatening and affects hundreds of thousands of people in this country every year. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs when the tongue falls backward while sleeping and blocks the upper airway. The body senses this lack of oxygen, injects adrenaline into the system, and wakes the person with a jolt.

There are a number of potential health issues associated with sleep apnea due to the resulting lack of deep sleep and loss of oxygen to the brain. These health issues include:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack/heart disease
  • Irregular heart beat
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Dementia
  • Impaired memory
  • Depression
  • Increased motor vehicle and work-related accidents.

Snoring is the most common and obvious sign of sleep apnea. Since people are snoring while sleeping, sleep apnea can go unnoticed or ignored for years. There are other indications that someone may have sleep apnea that are apparent during waking hours, including:

  • Feeling tired after a night’s rest
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Headaches upon waking
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Extreme drowsiness during the day
  • Memory loss

Snoring alone can impact your quality of life. No one likes to hear from their spouse that they need to sleep somewhere else, or be constantly poked during the night. Feeling tired throughout the day reduces your ability to perform your best at work or at home.

We specialize in alternative treatments for sleep apnea, including oral appliances that are custom made for you. The appliance realigns the jaw and tongue to ensure an open airway so you can breathe normally while sleeping.

We help patients with sleep apnea return to normal life and better health without noisy and uncomfortable C-PAP machines. Call our office today for a free sleep apnea consultation and get on the road to better sleep.

What Our Patients Say

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

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

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

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