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If you are interested in learning more about our sleep apnea treatments, be sure to give us a call at 315-506-4568 right away. Dr. Pearce and his friendly team will discuss the specific process involved and answer any questions you might have.

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Sometimes a Snore Is Something More

Obstructive sleep apnea is a highly under-diagnosed condition that can negatively impact lives and lead to heart attack, stroke, or death. Many who suffer from OSA go years without being diagnosed; they are also unaware that sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated by a dentist. Dr. Pearce, who is board-certified in dental sleep medicine, provides complete sleep apnea services from diagnosis to treatment, helping patients live longer with improved health and enjoy better quality of life.

“Sleep apnea and snoring impacts many adults – particularly those over the age of 40. I am excited to provide complete sleep apnea services, from recognition and diagnosis to treatment, because not only will these people live longer and have improved health, their quality of life can change in a big way.”

– Dr. Pearce

What is sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) results when the airway structures relax during sleep and block the passage of air. Sleep apnea causes repeated episodes of stopped breathing and startling or gasping for air during sleep. The consequences of untreated sleep apnea can be severe or life-threatening, making early diagnosis and treatment essential.

What is snoring?

During sleep the airway muscles in the throat relax. As you breathe, the airway vibrates, making noise. Snoring frequently results from turbulent airflow and narrowing in the nose or throat that creates noise while you breathe during sleep. Some people may not realize that they snore until other household members let them know about it.

When is it more than just a snore?

If your snoring is bothersome, affects your sleep quality, or you suspect you have sleep apnea, contact Dr. Pearce to schedule a consultation. People that are age 40 and greater, overweight, and/or smoke have an increased risk for sleep apnea, although the sleep condition can occur at any age, even in children.

Experience and Quality Should Come First

Rest assured that when it comes to sleep apnea and all of the other services we offer, we’ve spent hundreds upon hundreds of hours training, practicing, and continuing education to ensure that our patients receive outstanding service. We do what is best for our patients, first and foremost. Our positive patient reviews are a testament to our ability to provide quality dental care.

Patient Reviews

  • Larry Laszlo

    The experience was wonderful, and the results were great. Suffering with snoring/sleep apnea for years, I was very pleased with the results using my sleep device. Well worth the visit.

  • Mike Woodford

    The expert care I have received with my new sleep device has been everything your advertisements said it would be! I couldn't be happier.

  • Joybelle Allen

    At other dental offices I've been to, the dentist barely spent one minute talking with me, and the staff were generally condescending. Not here! The staff at Gentle Dentistry took the time to actually talk with me and they were very pleasant! They had some other nice perks too...like a heated and massaging chair to relax you throughout the whole treatment, and a welcome gift! Very professional, clean, and overall the nicest dental visit I've ever had! So glad I tried them out!

Snoring, Morning Headaches, Tired During the Day?

If you experience these symptoms regularly, it could mean sleep apnea — a condition where breathing is interrupted repeatedly during sleep. Dr. David Pearce and his team of obstructive sleep apnea professionals at Baldwinsville Gentle Dentistry in New York provide no-cost consultations, sleep studies, and dental solutions that are right for you.

Many people may have sleep apnea and not be aware of it. Signs of sleep apnea include:
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Awakening with a headache
  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping for air or snorting during sleep, which may cause awakening
  • Periods of stopped breathing during sleep
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Leg swelling
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Difficulty thinking or remembering
  • High blood pressure
Untreated sleep apnea can be life-threatening and result in:
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Death

How a dentist treats sleep apnea

A common treatment for sleep apnea is continuous airway pressure, or CPAP. CPAP is a small machine that creates airflow and gentle pressure to keep the airway open via a nasal device worn over the nose during sleep. However, some people find it difficult to sleep with the CPAP mask and machine.

Diagnosing sleep apnea

To diagnose your sleep apnea, Dr. Pearce will first review your medical history and ask some questions about your sleep patterns, then carefully examine the structures of your nose and throat. Next, he will provide you with the equipment you need to perform a hospital grade sleep study in the comfort of your own bed; no need to go to a hospital or a sleep lab. The sleep study results will be interpreted by a Board Certified Sleep Doctor who will provide you with an exact diagnosis.

How a dentist treats sleep apnea

A common treatment for sleep apnea is continuous airway pressure, or CPAP. CPAP is a small machine that creates airflow and gentle pressure to keep the airway open via a nasal device worn over the nose during sleep. However, some people find it difficult to sleep with the CPAP mask and machine.

Treatment That Fits Your Lifestyle

As a dentist, Dr. David Pearce has expertise in evaluating jaw joints and his additional training in obstructive sleep apnea makes fabricating dental appliances for sleep apnea a natural fit for Baldwinsville Gentle Dentistry. Dr. Pearce and his dental staff have completed training by Sleep Group Solutions. Dr. Pearce has received many hours of training, is board-certified in dental Sleep Apnea and has studied extensively with Dr. Steve Olmos.

As a dentist, Dr. Pearce has expertise in creating customized dental appliances based on a patient’s dental molds and jaw alignment. Dr. Pearce has the ability to closely monitor and modify the mouth appliance by measuring the improvement in airway dimensions and analyzing sleep studies with the mouth device in place.the airway open.

Dental devices for sleep apnea maybe appropriate for:
  • People with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea
  • People that cannot tolerate CPAP
  • People that do not desire to have airway surgery

Results

Sleep apnea appliances are recommended for people with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or those with severe obstructive sleep apnea who cannot tolerate a CPAP. The oral appliances offer high hopes for success! The benefits of resolving obstructive sleep apnea can include:

The benefits of resolving obstructive sleep apnea can include:
  • The benefits of resolving obstructive sleep apnea can include:
  • Living a healthier, longer life
  • Feeling refreshed in the morning
  • No longer having morning headaches
  • Improvement of high blood pressure– some people may no longer need to take high blood pressure medication. Note: NEVER stop taking high blood pressure medication without your doctor’s permission.
  • Improved libido improves
  • A quiet night sleep for the bed partner

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Dr. David Pearce at Baldwinsville Gentle Dentistry at 315-506-4568 today! Dr. Pearce serves Baldwinsville and Central New York.