Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders (SRBD) negatively affect breathing during sleep. The most common SRBD are Snoring, Upper Airway Restriction Syndrome (UARS), and Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Snoring occurs while sleeping when the muscles of the airway relax causing the soft tissue to vibrate rapidly. Upper Airway Restriction occurs with partial obstruction of the airway causing a decrease in oxygen or arousal. This causes what is known as a Respiratory Effort Related Arousal (RERA) and prevents restful sleep. OSA occurs when the airway completely collapses, intermittently blocking airflow to the lungs. Specially trained qualified dentists, like Dr. Olson, are able to identify oral signs of an underlying SRBD. Dr. Olson has completed the Mastery Continuum Program through the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) along with additional training with renowned Spear Education and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. Your airway health is important to us and will be discussed during your visit. We provide Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT), a proven, effective, non-surgical treatment for snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. OAT may also be used in conjunction with CPAP therapy, helping to increase its effectiveness. We will work closely with your medical provider to determine if OAT may benefit you.

Signs & Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea include:

  • Loud Snoring
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Waking up feeling exhausted from a normal night of sleep
  • Morning Headache
  • Depression or irritability
  • Breathing cessation during sleep
  • Gasps, choking, or gurgling sounds while snoring
  • Hypertension and cardiovascular disease
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Compromised immune system
  • Learning and memory problems