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Westside Dental Sleep Center – Michael S. Pap, DDS
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Lakewood

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What is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a common and serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep. The airway repeatedly becomes blocked, limiting the amount of air that reaches your lungs. When this happens, you may snore loudly or making choking noises as you try to breathe. In many cases, apnea, or temporary pause in breathing, is caused by the tissue in the back of the throat collapsing. Your brain and body become oxygen-deprived and you may wake up. This may happen a few times a night, or in more severe cases, several hundred times a night.

The muscles of the upper airway relax when you fall asleep. If you sleep on your back, gravity can cause the tongue to fall back. This narrows the airway, which reduces the amount of air that can reach your lungs. The narrowed airway causes snoring by making the tissue in the back of the throat vibrate as you breathe.

Sleep Apnea is possible in children and adults, so contact us for a Sleep Apnea consultation today. Find relaxation with our state-of-the-art Sleep Apnea treatments with Westside Family Dental.

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Snoring – More Than Just Noise

Snoring is caused when the jaw opens and the tongue falls into the back of the throat, causing the airway to narrow and forcing air through the small opening. This creates vibrations in the throat known as snoring. Although snoring seems physically harmless, it can be a warning sign of a more serious and dangerous condition called obstructive sleep apnea.

3 Types of Sleep Apnea that Dr. Pap Treats:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The most common type of sleep apnea is where the throat muscles relax and obstruct the airway in the throat. This type of Sleep Apnea can cause an individual to snore loudly as the air attempts to pass through the obstructed airway.

Central Sleep Apnea

This type of Sleep Apnea occurs when the brain doesn’t send the proper signals to the muscles that control the bodies breathing.

Complete Sleep Apnea

A combination of the first 2 types of Sleep Apnea can cause restlessness and even death.

Dr. Pap

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Dr. Michael Pap offers effective, non-surgical relief from sleep apnea and other sleep-related disorders — including snoring! Wondering if we can help you get the rest you’re missing? Tired of the medical apparatus recommended by your doctor? We specialize in helping people with mild, moderate, or severe sleep apnea and serve patients in the Lakewood area! Rest assured, once you meet Dr. Pap and the entire team here, you’ll know you’ve come to the right place! Who would’ve thought relaxing at the dentist was even a possibility?

Meet The Sleep Center Team

Dr. Michael S. Pap and his team combine advanced dentistry with a gentle, friendly style that will make you and your family more comfortable than you ever thought possible. The office’s comforting atmosphere and warm, inviting staff members will make you feel right at home. Dr. Pap’s training in cosmetic dentistry and use of the latest dental technology – including digital x-rays, tooth-colored restorations, and implant restoration – help you and your family maintain beautiful, healthy smiles. Dr. Pap earned his doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Each year he continues to study advanced dentistry under some of the nation’s top clinicians. Best of all, Dr. Pap takes the time to get to know each and every patient one-on-one, helping you make informed choices about your dental health. It’s the best of both worlds – today’s advanced dentistry and personalized care.

Dr. Abdelrazzaq Dardari

Dr. Abdelrazzaq Dardari

Abdelrazzaq Dardari brings to our center more than 20 years of expertise in Dental Sleep Medicine and over 35 years in Orthodontics Appliance Therapy. His combined knowledge of the laboratory and clinical aspects of Orthodontics makes him a great asset to Westside Dental Sleep Center. Dr. Dardari has post-graduate training in the field of Orthodontics, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, and Dental Sleep Medicine and has been recognized by the American Orthodontic Society for his extensive knowledge and achievements. He is also Board Certified in Orthodontic Appliance Therapy. In addition to treating patients that suffer from sleep breathing disorders, Dr. Dardai has taught Laboratory Applied Orthodontics at Cuyahoga Community College and Case Western Reserve University Orthodontic Department.

Frequently Asked Questions
About Sleep Apnea

When considering a sleep apnea treatment with Dr. Michael Pap, you may have questions. At Westside Family Dental we want to help you find the perfect fit for your dental needs, so we’ve provided some responses to some common questions. If you have concerns that aren’t addressed in the questions below, please contact our team. We can answer your questions and help set an appointment with Dr. Pap for you.

Finding the right sleep apnea dentist around Lakewood, Ohio is certainly no simple task. It’s important to do your research, talk to friends and consider your options. However, when it comes to choosing a sleep apnea dentist who can help you relax while figuring out your treatment options, the choice is clear. Whether you’re someone who’s never been a big fan of their Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask or even someone who’s looking to cure their snoring problem, Dr. Pap’s warm personality will put you at ease.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway completely collapses, blocking airflow into the lungs. The harder one tries to breathe, the tighter the airway seals. This airway obstruction persists until the brain partially awakens the person, unconsciously closing the jaw and returning the tongue and throat to a normal position.
The sleep apnea cycle - falling asleep, jaw relaxing, airway collapsing, unconsciously waking with a gasp, falling back asleep - can repeat itself 50 or more times per hour during the night. With a blocked passageway, one does not receive enough oxygen. Both the awakenings and oxygen deprivation can then trigger other health problems, including chronic sleepiness, headaches, depression, exhaustion, high blood pressure, and even strokes and heart attacks. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause:
  • Memory problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased risk of stroke
  • Decreased life expectancy
  • Weight gain
  • Depression and irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Impotency
  • Headaches
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Having a larger than normal neck circumference
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • A narrow throat or enlarged tonsils/adenoids
  • Men are twice as likely to have sleep apnea as women
  • Being over the age of 40
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Nightly alcohol or sedative use
Anyone who experiences any of the following warning signs of sleep apnea (or whose bed partner notices these symptoms) should consider getting screened for sleep apnea:
  • Loud snoring
  • Waking frequently to catch your breath
  • Gasping for breath or periods of non-breathing during sleep
  • Serious fatigue during the daytime
Dr. Pap treats sleep apnea and snoring with the SomnoMed MAS™ series of oral appliances. The SomnoMed MAS™ works by moving the lower jaw forward slightly, which tightens the muscles in the upper airway preventing them from collapsing and vibrating at night. The SomnoMed MAS™ is a custom-made device, which improves the effectiveness and comfort level of treatment, as the jaw is moved only as far as is required to alleviate the condition. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea or suffer from snoring, contact our office for more information or to set up an appointment to see if you are a candidate. Best of all, Dr. Pap can help people who’ve failed with using oral appliances in the past.

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