— Western Slope Sleep Center (WSSC) announced today that it is now offering new treatments for sleep apnea that do not require the patient to use a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. Instead, with a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD), patients can enjoy proper breathing while sleeping using a device that gently holds their lower jaw forward.
“Sleep apnea is a far more serious health problem than many people realize,” said Dan Drakulich, DDS, President of WSSC. “However, not everyone can sleep while wearing a mask that’s hooked up to a machine forcing air into their mouths. The mandibular device is a great alternative for those seeking sleep apnea treatment in Montrose Colorado.”
Sleep apnea is a medical condition wherein the patient’s airways get obstructed during sleep, typically by movement of the tongue or constriction of the throat. The superficial result is snoring, though the patient is actually not breathing during apnea episodes. These can occur up to 50 times per hour. Over the course of a night’s sleep, the patient is essentially suffocating.
The results include exhaustion, but it’s much worse in reality: Sleep disorders are currently linked to high blood pressure, fatigue (and fatigue-related accidents), weight gain, frequent headaches, acid reflux (persistent heartburn), diabetes, and an increased risk for heart attack and stroke, among many others. “Uninterrupted sleep with adequate oxygen flow is your body’s number one defense against numerous health problems,” added Dr. Drakulich, who goes by “Dr. Dan.”
MAD moves the patient’s lower jaw forward, providing a more open airway. The process stops numerous airway obstruction issues, including snoring, decreased oxygen levels, and sleep apnea. Patients find mandibular advancement devices to be very comfortable. This leads to improved compliance and effectiveness.
WSSC, which is affiliated with Montrose Family Dental, provides sleep apnea appliances in a relaxing environment. They take the stress out of the process by handling everything from the initial consultation to working directly with patients’ health insurance. The entire team at WSSC has undergone continuing education in sleep disordered breathing management and works closely with Board-Certified Physicians to ensure a team approach that creates the most effective treatment outcomes.
Western Slope Sleep Center
747 S. 5th St, Unit B
Montrose, CO 81401
About Western Slope Sleep CenterWSSC’s mission is to improve the patient’s overall health by creating custom dental appliances that are comfortable and effective at managing snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Dan is expertly trained to provide the optimal solution for the treatment of sleep apnea, sleep disordered breathing, and snoring. This treatment is tailored to the needs of each individual patient. Dr. Dan had received in-depth additional training to manage the possible changes in jaw position and bite that can be associated with oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea.
For more information, visit Montrose Family Dental’s website.
Name: Western Slope Sleep Center
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Organization: Western Slope Sleep Center
Address: 747 S. 5th Street Unit B, Montrose, CO 81401
Phone: (970) 787-9811
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