Apnea management the easy way

sleep apnea?

More than just the snore!

What is apnea?

Snoring is NOT cool! We all have stories about someone we know who rattles the walls (maybe it’s you). What you may not know is that it can be deadly. Classic snoring sound is caused by a partial obstruction of the airway in the back of the throat. If you have heard a snoring person suddenly stop breathing, then gasp for air, you have witnessed an ‘apnea’. These partial reductions and complete pauses typically last between 10 and 30 seconds. These pauses can happen hundreds of times a night, leading to abrupt reductions in blood oxygen levels. The brain alerts the body to its lack of oxygen, causing a brief arousal from sleep that restores normal breathing. The result is fragmented quality of sleep. Also, the heart rate and blood pressure increase dramatically. it is potentially life threatening.

What are the Health Risks?

Obstructive sleep apnea has been shown to: increase the risk of heart attack and stroke by 300-400%, increase blood sugar, complicate diabetes control, increase blood pressure and has been shown to decrease life expectancy by 10-20 years. It can result in sudden death during sleep. Additionally, the disrupted sleep pattern caused by apnea prevents a person from achieving recuperative sleep, which results in excessive daytime sleepiness, increased incidences in work and driving-related accidents, chronic fatigue and in some cases, depression and chronic pain.

Symptoms of sleep apnea

Nearly 50% of people who snore loudly have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea often results in a feeling of excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue and a general lack of energy. It is also highly correlated with morning time headache, migraine headache, depression, acid reflux disease and tooth grinding. It has even been shown to decrease cognitive thinking ability over time. Indicators: ◦Non-restful sleep ◦Excessive daytime fatigue ◦Morning headaches ◦Migraine headaches ◦Clenching/grinding teeth ◦Acid reflux disease ◦High blood pressure ◦Heart attack ◦Stroke ◦Depression ◦Diabetes ◦Memory loss ◦Obesity ◦Decreased sex drive ◦Neck sizes of 16” or greater in women (increased risk) ◦Neck sizes of 17” or greater in men (increased risk)

DID YOU KNOW?

Sleep apnea is a common, progressive disease, which affects a large segment of our population. According to the Institute of Medicine of National Academies, an estimated 60-70 million people in the United States, including children, suffer from chronic sleep disorders and approximately 20 million have Obstructed Sleep Apnea (OSA). Over 80% of these people are either undiagnosed or in denial. Sleep apnea impacts both women and men, although it is more common with men. The number of people with apnea increases with age. For people 65 and older, apnea affects as many as 65%!

Dr. JC Goodwin, founder and Dental Sleep Medicine expert, has a solution that can help you get a restful nights' sleep!

What We Offer You

We work with your doctor so you sleep well
Why choose Sleep Effect?

Our entire practice is dedicated to the treatment of sleep apnea. We have a small staff so we can provide personal and personalized care. Our center represents a departure from conventional dentistry. Dr. Goodwin founded the program to co-manage patients' care with a team that includes general care practitioners, sleep physicians, cardiologists, and other specialists. Improving Compliance Our program is designed to be more comfortable and less intrusive than traditional sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment. For patients whose conditions do not require an overnight stay in a sleep center, we offer home sleep testing equipment. For patients with more severe symptoms, we use an advanced diagnostic system that can predict their responses to an oral appliance. Our practice has experienced tremendous success treating sleep apnea with these small, custom devices. Traditional treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine has several drawbacks, resulting in a compliance rate of only 40 percent after one year. Research has shown that as many as 95 percent of patients who use our custom CPAP alternative regularly wear their oral appliance.

  • Consultation
  • Testing and analysis
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment

OUR TEAM

Our team is here to help!
Uploaded image

Debbie Unrast

Office Manager – Medical Insurance Coordinator
Debbie brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and tenacity to our team.She enjoys crafting, exploring , boating and grandchildren. We are fortunate to have this creative, dedicated talent representing our patient’s interests when dealing with the frustrating world of medical insurance!
Uploaded image

David Frey

Dental Assistant
Dental sleep medicine is a relatively new and unique branch of the dental profession and David has learned quickly, becoming quite adept at delivering and adjusting the oral appliances used in the office. His personable nature puts our patients at ease. He works part-time on a ranch and enjoys the outdoors. Great guy!
Uploaded image

Tara Richie

Receptionist
Tara is our receptionist, administrative assistant and scheduling coordinator. Soft-spoken and gentle, she is a proud mother to son Porter, and has worked the medical reception/billing field since 2010. She has fun off-road driving, hunting and camping. You will find her pleasant to work with.
Uploaded image

Dr JC Goodwin

The Doctor
holding Diplomate status in two dental sleep medicine academies, he is part of an elite group of highly trained dentists devoted to helping people breathe better during sleep, a potentially life-saving gift. He enjoys teaching, writing, outdoor activities and is learning blacksmithing.

Testimonials

Get in touch