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Dr. Gasper of Aesthetic Dentistry by in Colorado Springs Completes TMJ & Sleep Disorder Continuing Education Course

November 11, 2013

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Dr. Gasper of Aesthetic Dentistry by in Colorado Springs recently earned 16 continuing education hours by completing the “Motor Nerve Reflex Testing” course in San Diego, CA.  The course was directed by Dr. Steven R. Olmos, whose commitment to helping patients overcome Sleep Disorders, Craniofacial Pain and TMD has made him world renown. Learn more about the course here.  http://tmjtherapycentre.com/professional/professionals

“At TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of San Diego our mission is to find the true root cause of TMJ Pain, facial pain, headache pain and sleeping difficulties so that we can direct successful, non-surgical TMJ treatments and provide Sleep Apnea help with oral appliance therapies for adults and children.”

TMJ and sleep apnea issues are also addressed at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs. Please call (719) 599-0700 to schedule a complimentary consultation to evaluate your symptoms and discuss treatment options.

How Dr. Ken Gasper Can Help with Sleep Apnea Issues

May 7, 2012

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OSA, or Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder where the patient is unable to breathe normally, because the upper airways are obstructed by the soft tissue in the mouth (especially by the tongue).

The main symptom of sleep apnea is that the patient takes pauses/breaks during the breathing cycle several times per night. One such pause in the breathing cycle can take even up to 30 or 40 seconds.

The blood oxygen saturation of the entire organism is reduced, and this can easily have severe complications for the overall health. According to statistics, about 1 in 8 Americans are struggling with obstructive sleep apnea.

Until now, the most common treatment was represented by the CPAP (Continuous positive air pressure), which is a ventilation/breathing therapy. The good news is that now is that dentists can create a special oral appliances, which are fitted into the mouth, so that the patient can breathe naturally all throughout the night, and is not disturbed by apnea.

Dr. Ken Gasper of Aesthetic Dentistry by Design prefers the appliance made by SomnoMed, called the SomnoDent MAS. This device positions the jaw forward so the airway stays open while you sleep. Since it’s made of flexible acrylic, the SomnoDent MAS is comfortable and gentle on sensitive oral tissues, and provides an excellent fit.

Learn more.

Call 719-5990700 for your consultation.

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week® – Sleep Better with a Trip To Your Dentist

November 7, 2011

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November 6 – 12, 2011 is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week.

The AAA Foundation found that 96% of Americans feel that it is unacceptable for someone to drive when they are so sleepy they have trouble keeping their eyes open; yet, about one-third of Americans admitted doing so in the past 30 days.

Do you exhibit any of these drowsy warning signs when driving?  Dr. Ken Gasper of Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Sprigns may be able to help.

Feeling sleepy? Stop driving if you exhibit these warning signs.

The following warning signs indicate that it’s time to stop driving and find a safe place to pull over and address your condition:

  • Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking and/or heavy eyelids
  • Difficulty keeping reveries or daydreams at bay
  • Trouble keeping your head up
  • Drifting from your lane, swerving, tailgating and/or hitting rumble strips
  • Inability to clearly remember the last few miles driven
  • Missing exits or traffic signs
  • Yawning repeatedly
  • Feeling restless, irritable, or aggressive.

You may be suffering from Sleep Apnea.

As we sleep, our muscles are relaxed. When the tongue and throat muscles relax, they can block the airway.

A partial collapse of the airway results in the sound we call snoring. A complete collapse of the airway cuts off breathing and results in an apneic event.

When this happens, you will wake up and begin breathing again because your muscles are no longer relaxed. This may happen as little as five times every hour, or as many as 30 or more times an hour.

We’re proud to offer our patients SomnoDent MAS. For patients diagnosed with OSA, Dr. Gasper may prescribe a custom oral appliance to keep them breathing freely throughout the night. The appliance he prefers is made by SomnoMed, called the SomnoDent MAS. This device positions the jaw forward so the airway stays open while you sleep.

Learn more.

Call 719-599-0700 to get fitted for a SomnoMed dental appliance.

Start Sleeping Again-Stop Snoring with Somnodent MAS

October 24, 2011

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Dr. Gasper of Aesthetic Dentistry by Design feels priviliged to assist our patients who endure sleep loss, work and health concerns, and even relationship issues because of snoring.

We’re proud to offer our patients SomnoDent MAS a clinically proven, leading-edge treatment.

What is sleep apnea?

The word “apnea” literally means “without breath.” Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of the condition, which is characterized by a restriction in the airway that impedes breathing. Sufferers stop breathing for several seconds or a minute at a time, and these episodes occur repeatedly during the night.

For patients diagnosed with OSA, Dr. Gasper may prescribe a custom oral appliance to keep them breathing freely throughout the night. The appliance he prefers is made by SomnoMed, called the SomnoDent MAS. This device positions the jaw forward so the airway stays open while you sleep.

Learn more.

Dr. Gasper of Aesthetic Dentistry by Design helps Colorado Springs sleep better

July 29, 2011

Filed under: Sleep Apnea,Snoring,SomnoMed — admin @ 6:35 pm

We found a great

Sleep experts say we need between six and eight hours of sleep to feel rested and function at our best during the day.

For some, this simply means going to bed at a reasonable time.

However, there are people who cannot feel rested no matter what time they go to bed because they snore, share the bed with someone who snores, or suffer from sleep apnea.

Causes of Sleep Apnea and Snoring

As we sleep, our muscles are relaxed. When the tongue and throat muscles relax, they can block the airway.

A partial collapse of the airway results in the sound we call snoring. A complete collapse of the airway cuts off breathing and results in an apneic event.

When this happens, you will wake up and begin breathing again because your muscles are no longer relaxed. This may happen as little as five times every hour, or as many as 30 or more times an hour.

Obviously, your sleep pattern is going to be affected.

The SomnoDent MAS is worn over the teeth, much like a sports mouth guard, as you sleep. It pushes the jaw forward from its natural position and, like other oral appliances, keeps the tongue in position and tightens the soft tissue to keep your airway open.

Dr. Ken Gasper of Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs provides the SomnoDent MAS.  Learn more about it on our website.

Please call 719-599-0700 for your consultation.

Could My Child Have Sleep Apnea?

September 20, 2010

Dr. Gasper helps both adults and children with sleep issues.

For adults, sometimes the problem can be fixed with a custom oral appliance to keep you breathing freely throughout the night.

For children, sometimes undiagnosed airway issues can be fixed with functional orthodonticsthe boy asleep
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Take a look at this article, “Could My Child Have Sleep Apnea,” to see if your child exhibits any signs of sleep apnea.

Then call our office at 719-599-0700.

SomnoMed® Stops Snoring, Saves Marriage?

August 18, 2010

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Have you tried various methods to control your snoring? Nose strips, natural remedies, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure treatment, surgery, changed your sleep position, bought special pillows?

Dr. Gasper of Aesthetic Dentistry by Design can prescribe a custom oral appliance to keep you breathing freely throughout the night.

The appliance he prefers is made by SomnoMed, called the SomnoDent MAS.

This device positions the jaw forward so the airway stays open while you sleep. Since it’s made of flexible acrylic, the SomnoDent MAS is comfortable and gentle on sensitive oral tissues, and provides an excellent fit and has been clinically shown to silence snoring.

Call 719-599-0700 to get fitted for a SomnoMed dental appliance.

It might just save your marriage and provide for a wonderful sleep!

Snoring Solution For Sleep Apnea

May 24, 2010

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Check out this news segment about a “Snoring Solution For Sleep Apnea.”

Dr. Gasper provides the same SomnoDent MAS device. “It’s comfortable: you can close your lips, you can drink, you can talk, you can move your jaw around.”

Click here to see the segment.

If you suspect sleep apnea is the reason for your snoring, daytime exhaustion, or irritability, call Aesthetic Dentistry at 719-694-2476 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ken Gasper. He can determine whether an oral appliance is the key to regaining the deep, restorative night’s sleep you’ve been missing.

Learn more.

Planning a Vacation? Remember to Plan for Sleep

May 19, 2010

Filed under: Sleep Apnea — admin @ 10:15 am

If you wear an appliance for sleep apnea, don’t forget to take it with you on vacation.

We found a good article on the importance of sleep during vacation on the National Sleep Foundation website.

Read it here.

Have you ever had complaints that you snore loudly? Do you drift through the day in a haze because you’re still tired, even after a full night of sleep?

These symptoms make life harder for you and your loved ones, and they could be indicative of a disorder called sleep apnea.

At Aesthetic Dentistry, Dr. Ken Gasper uses dental therapy with the SomnoDent MAS oral appliance to treat patients diagnosed with sleep apnea.

If you suspect sleep apnea is the reason for your snoring, daytime exhaustion, or irritability, call Aesthetic Dentistry to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ken Gasper. He can determine whether an oral appliance is the key to regaining the deep, restorative night’s sleep you’ve been missing. 719.694.2476

Learn more.