Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that can negatively affect your sleep and quality of life. While you may think that your bad sleep or daytime drowsiness is just “the way things are,” oftentimes it is actually linked to sleep apnea.

Visit our office for a professional evaluation if you have the following symptoms of sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring at night
  • Waking frequently throughout the night and restless sleep
  • Gasping for breath, choking, or snorting upon waking
  • Pauses in breathing during sleep
  • Morning headaches
  • Excessive daytime drowsiness
  • Difficulty concentrating or memory problems when awake
  • Irritability or mood swings
  • Depression

Not getting enough, good-quality sleep can be harmful to you in several ways. Your health, work, and relationships can suffer as a result. Being tired during the day can make it more difficult to concentrate at work, or while driving and performing other tasks. This thereby increases the risk of accidents and injuries to yourself and others.

Your health is at risk if you have untreated sleep apnea. It may increase the occurrence of:

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease and heart attacks
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes

Who is at Risk for Sleep Apnea?

Some of the health factors that increase your risk of sleep apnea include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Smoking
  • Large neck circumference
  • Recessed chin or large overbite
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Large tonsils or adenoids
  • Family history of sleep apnea

Fortunately, there are several lifestyle changes and medical treatments that can help reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea, and restore your quality of sleep and life. If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea, contact our office for an evaluation and to learn more about our custom-made oral appliance. We can help you get better sleep, so give us a call!

What Our Patients Say

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

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