Our Blog

Posts for tag: sleep apnea

By Green Bay Family Dentistry
February 28, 2022
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Did you know that your dentist doesn’t just treat your teeth, but sleep apnea as well? Dental sleep medicine focuses on oral appliances for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This condition is recognizable by the tissue in the back of an individual’s throat collapsing as they sleep, blocking the airways throughout the night. This is a serious condition that causes many short and long-term effects, so it’s important you schedule your appointment with Dr. Adam Pasono at Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI, right away. Here are several signs of sleep apnea and how you can manage this sleep dentistry condition.

Common sleep apnea signs

If you have sleep apnea, you may notice one or more of these signs:

  • Frequent Snoring: Snoring, one of the most well-known signs of sleep apnea, occurs when your throat muscles vibrate when you sleep. If you have sleep apnea, your throat muscles relax and your airway becomes narrower when you sleep, which increases vibrations and worsens snoring.
  • Gasping and Choking: Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing multiple times during the night, usually for a few seconds at a time. Gasping and choking serve an important purpose because it opens your airway and allows you to begin breathing again. Unfortunately, chronic oxygen deprivation can lead to strokes, high blood pressure, and type II diabetes.
  • Fatigue: When your sleep is constantly interrupted, it's hard to feel rested and energetic. Fatigue can be a sign that you have sleep apnea.
  • Difficulty Concentrating: In addition to fatigue, you may also notice that it's harder to concentrate. Difficulty concentrating can be particularly dangerous if your job involves operating heavy machinery or driving for hours at a time.
  • Morning Headaches: Oxygen deprivation can also lead to morning headaches. Although the headaches usually go away an hour or two after you wake up, they can be a warning sign of sleep apnea.
  • Irritability: Sleep deprivation can also affect your moods, leaving you feeling irritable and depressed.

How is sleep apnea treated?

Oral Appliance Therapy is the key to treatment and healthy life. Your dentist will give you an oral appliance that you’ll wear during the night. A mandibular repositioning device moves your jaw forward while you sleep to keep your airways open. Another option is tongue retaining devices that work by keeping your tongue in place so it can’t block your breathing. 

Your dental team offers a low-tech solution for your sleep apnea. These dental sleep medicine treatments ensure that you and your spouse or significant other can sleep soundly once again. Are you interested in learning how sleep dentistry can help you beat sleep apnea? Call Dr. Adam Pasono at Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI, at 920-432-8492.

By Green Bay Family Dentistry
December 10, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Sleep apnea is caused by the collapse of soft tissue in the throat during sleep. The tissue blocks airflow and leads to loud snoring. Sufferers may also stop breathing during the night, making this a potentially life-threatening condition. Dr. Adam Pasono offers sleep apnea treatment in Green Bay, WI, and is dedicated to giving his patients at Green Bay Family Dentistry more restful sleep and healthier lifestyles.

It’s important for everyone to understand the potential dangers of sleep apnea. There are effective treatments available, but you have to recognize the need for treatment first. Keep reading for a quick understanding of the biggest risk factors and how dental treatment can help.

What Happens if You Don’t Treat Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea disrupts your sleep, so the most obvious danger is exhaustion in daily life. You may not have the energy to keep up with your children or may struggle to maintain mental focus at work. It can even interrupt your social life as you go from sluggish to exhausted over the course of each day.

That exhaustion puts you at heightened risk of accidents at work, while driving, or even while at home. When someone with sleep apnea shares their bed, their loved ones may also suffer from exhaustion due to loud snoring.

There is a strong association between sleep apnea and many life-threatening medical conditions, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Type II diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack

The association between sleep apnea and these health risks is often due to obesity. While many people suffer from sleep apnea due to obesity, that isn’t always the case. The combination of obesity and sleep apnea increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders.

Dr. Pasono recommends immediate sleep apnea treatment for Green Bay, WI, patients who snore loudly or feel tired when they wake up every morning. The longer the condition is untreated, the greater the risk of lifestyle interruption and even death.

How Your Dentist Can Help with Sleep Apnea

It may not seem like your dentist is the place to go for sleep apnea, but it’s an excellent place to get the diagnosis and treatment you need. In many cases, you can stop tissue in the back of the throat from interrupting airflow by wearing an oral appliance while you sleep. This appliance repositions your jaw to keep your airways clear.

You can learn more about this simple sleep apnea treatment available in Green Bay, WI, by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Pasono at Green Bay Family Dentistry. Call us today at (920) 432-8492.

By Green Bay Family Dentistry
March 01, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Treating sleep apnea can help you avoid serious health complications. Unfortunately, sleep apnea treatment methods aren't always so comfortable. If your continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine keeps you up at night, your Green Bay, WI, dentist, Dr. Adam Pasono of Green Bay Family Dentistry offers a more pleasant sleep apnea treatment.

Why it's important to treat sleep apnea

If you've tried and failed to adjust to a CPAP machine, you may be reluctant to try another type of treatment. Unfortunately, if you don't treat your sleep condition, you might be more likely to develop a variety of serious health conditions, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Depression
  • Weight gain


In addition, sleep apnea can make you feel exhausted and irritable during the day and may even increase your risk of a car accident. Is loud snoring one of your sleep apnea symptoms? Your spouse, partner, family, or roommate will probably sleep easier if you can get your snoring under control with sleep apnea treatment.

How dentists treat sleep apnea

Sleep apnea can occur if your tongue falls back against your throat while you sleep. If this happens, airflow to your lungs decreases or stops completely. In fact, you can have hundreds of breathing pauses every night, each lasting several seconds. Over time, the cumulative effects of these pauses disrupt your sleep and deprive your brain of oxygen, increasing your risk of health consequences.

Although the CPAP machine is an effective way to treat sleep apnea, you may decide to stop using the machine if you find the mask uncomfortable or if the noise disrupts your sleep. Fortunately, your dentist offers a low-tech treatment option that can help you control your symptoms.

The oral appliance, worn while you sleep, repositions your tongue and moves your jaw forward, preventing your tongue from blocking your airway. During your visit to the Green Bay dental office, your dentist will fit you with your custom-made appliance. Oral appliances are not only comfortable and quiet but don't require electricity or take up too much room in your luggage while you're traveling.


Are you ready to try a new sleep apnea treatment? Call Dr. Adam Pasono, your dentist at Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI, at (920) 432-8492 to schedule your appointment.

By Green Bay Family Dentistry
November 19, 2019
Category: Dental
Tags: sleep apnea  

How your dentist in Green Bay, WI, can help with sleep apnea

Did you know that sleep apnea can shorten your life? It’s true! Sleep apnea results in a lack of oxygen to your vital organs including your heart and brain. Over time, the oxygen deprivation from sleep apnea can result in an increased risk of having a stroke, a heart attack, memory problems, and other serious medical conditions.

Fortunately, you can achieve relief from sleep apnea symptoms and reduce the risk of serious medical complications with help from your dentist! Here at Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI, Dr. Adam M. Pasono offers a wide range of dental services, including treatment for sleep apnea—read on to learn more!

How Our Dentist Can Help Your Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea occurs because the tissues at the back of your throat relax and block your airway, reducing your oxygen while you sleep. When you have sleep apnea, you may experience symptoms such as:

  • Chronic, loud snoring
  • Waking up with a gasping, choking feeling
  • Daytime grogginess or inability to concentrate
  • Chronic hoarseness or a sore throat

In the past, the only available treatment for sleep apnea was a Continuous Positive Pressure Airway machine, commonly known as a CPAP. However, many people find CPAP uncomfortable, constrictive, and difficult to wear. Others also found the machine difficult to keep clean and the result was frequent sinus infections.

Today, you have another option. It’s called the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance and it works by holding your tongue and lower jaw forward while you sleep, keeping your airway open. The appliance is highly portable because you can just fit in your pocket. You clean the appliance with a simple soaking, just like other appliances. It’s also very comfortable to wear, because it fits in your mouth, not over your face.

Need Sleep Apnea Treatment? Give Us a Call

To learn more about the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Adam M. Pasono of Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI, today at (920) 432-8492.

By Green Bay Family Dentistry
January 10, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Have you decided that a CPAP machine isn't for you? You're not alone. Many people find it difficult to sleep while hooked up to the sleep apneamachines. Green Bay, WI, dentist Dr. Adam Pasono explains why sleep apnea treatment is so important and explain how a visit to the dentist can help you.

Sleep apnea deprives your brain of oxygen

Snoring isn't your only problem if you have sleep apnea. The condition causes you to stop breathing hundreds of time during the night. Every jerk or gasp while you sleep is your body's way of forcing you to breathe again. Even if you don't wake up gasping or choking, you may still experience the negative effects of sleep apnea.

When the alarm rings in the morning, you may still feel tired, despite going to bed at a reasonable hour. You might also notice that you have a headache that gradually goes away during the morning. Although you may only stop breathing for seconds at a time, those seconds add up to hours of oxygen deprivation.

Oxygen deprivation can have some very serious effects on your health. In fact, people who have sleep apnea are more likely to become obese, develop high blood pressure or diabetes and experience an increased risk of heart disease or stroke. The longer your condition is untreated, the greater the chance that you'll develop one of these complications.

An oral appliance may be the answer to your problem

If you couldn't adjust to your CPAP machine, you may feel like a failure. After all, the smiling people in all the advertisements seem perfectly happy sleeping with masks over their faces. No matter how easy the CPAP process may appear, the reality is that it's not always comfortable to sleep with a mask or deal with the noise the machine produces, even if you select one of the quieter models.

Luckily, there's a low-tech option that offers an effective solution to your problem. During a visit to our Green Bay office, we can fit you with an oral appliance designed for sleep apnea treatment. The device fits snugly over your teeth. When you wear it, it moves your jaw forward, which opens your airway and prevents your tongue from falling back against your throat. Many people who haven't been able to use a CPAP machine can successfully control their sleep apnea symptoms with the appliance.

Would you like to find out if an oral appliance is an effective sleep apnea treatment for you? Call Green Bay, WI, dentists Dr. Adam Pasono at (920) 432-8492 to schedule an appointment.