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Sleep Apnea Treatment Madison

Total Care Dental provides the most comprehensive Madison dental health care services, including diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea.


Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition in which an individual repeatedly stops breathing while he or she sleeps. APNEA means “WITHOUT BREATH.”


Sleep apnea has a number of causes. It is usually caused by mechanical and structural problems in the airway which interrupt breathing while you sleep. In other cases, sleep apnea may occur because the throat muscles and tongue relax while you sleep and block the airway.  In obese individuals, sleep apnea may be caused by the narrowing of the airway, due to the excess amounts of tissue in the throat and neck.

Sleep Apnea


You should participate in a diagnostic sleep study.  It is recommended that the diagnosis be made by a board certified sleep physician.  A series of tests are utilized to reach a diagnosis. Total Care Dental offers an alternative to being tested in a traditional sleep lab. Our home sleep study will measure your sleep latency and effectiveness, oxygen levels, breathing, snoring, REM sleep, and heart rate in the comfort of your own bed!  Ask us how today!


Mild sleep apnea may be treated with minor behavioral adjustments, such as sleeping on your side or losing weight.  Oral appliances or CPAP can help many sufferers seek relief from symptoms of snoring and paused breathing.  More severe sleep apnea may require surgery by an ENT or oral surgeon.

At Total Care Dental Madison, we start with a sleep study. Dr. Clark consults with a medical doctor on your results to make a diagnosis. Together they develop treatment plan options for you depending on the severity of your sleep disorder. We can offer solutions with small oral appliances which are comfortable and easy to use. Worn in the mouth during sleep, oral appliances keep the tongue and soft tissue from collapsing and interrupting normal breathing patterns.


Snoring occurs when your throat muscles relax to the point where the airway is narrowed and partially obstructed. As the air passes through the obstruction, the structures in the throat vibrate and produce snoring.  Snoring is a strong indication of sleep apnea, but is not always one and the same. Studies have shown heavy snoring alone without sleep apnea increases your risk for carotid artery atherosclerosis and stroke. Bed partners of snorers get on average 15% less sleep per night, and snorers are three times more likely to have a motor vehicle accident.


  • 67% of people who snore have a sleeping disorder
  • Snorers are 3 times as likely to have a motor vehicle accident
  • Snorers are 6 times more likely to have blockage of a carotid artery
  • If you snore, your bed-partner may be getting 15% less sleep per night
  • Snoring is the #1 symptom of sleep disorders
  • 85 million people snore, 35 million people have insomnia

Questions to Ask if You Think You May Have Sleep Apnea:

  • Do you snore?
  • Do you fall asleep at unusual times during your day?
  • Are you excessively tired during the day?
  • Do you have morning headaches or frequent sore throat or dry mouth?
  • Do you have high blood pressure?
  • Has anyone ever said you stop breathing in your sleep?

Answering yes to more than one of these questions is  sign you should see your Madison area dentist to test for sleep apnea.

Common Questions Related Sleep Apnea

Q: How is sleep apnea different from snoring?

A: Many people confuse simple snoring for a more serious condition like sleep apnea. Snoring is merely a sign a person may have sleep apnea, it does not necessarily mean they have the condition itself. Sleep apnea should be diagnosed by trained medical professional.

If patients choose a clinical setting and opt to go to an actual sleep lab, they will have their breathing patterns, vitals, and other functions examined during an extended sleep period to determine if they suffer from sleep apnea. Total Care Dental Madison, however offers a unique alternative to this inconvenient and sometimes costly procedure by allowing you to participate in an at home study. Using various forms of noninvasive equipment we will be able to relay all of your necessary sleep data to a certified medical professional for them to accurately evaluate your condition.

Q: What are some of TCD Madison’s sleep apnea treatments?

A: It is important to note severe sleep apnea is extremely hazardous to your health and may require surgery to correct.  For most cases, we will work with you in order to set up a safe, effective, and convenient solution that will leave you able to sleep comfortably through the night with no disturbances.

Many sleep apnea suffers can improve dramatically by making a simple change in their daily sleep patterns or lifestyle. For some people this can even be something as minute as switching to sleeping on their side at night. Diet, exercise, and weight loss can all reduce the amount of constriction on the airways, and this will cause your sleep apnea to reduce drastically in severity if not disappear completely. An appointment with TCD dentists will determine if there are oral appliances to help you sleep safely through the night.

Q: How is sleep apnea dangerous to your health?

A: People who suspect that they have sleep apnea should not simply shrug the issue off. While the main symptom is harmless snoring, you could potentially stop breathing during the night resulting in severe health problems.

Sleep apnea can lead to higher rates of heart disease, blood pressure issues, diabetes, and other potentially fatal conditions. In addition, mental clarity and overall health can be impacted as well due to a lack of sleep.

If left untreated, sleep apnea suffers are much more likely to face sudden cardiac arrest that can result in death. These are all important reasons why it is essential that a TCD Madison specialist at least be seen for a quick, in-office evaluation. 

Contact our Madison Dental Clinic for complete oral health care at 608-274-1911 or Request a Dental Appointment online!