“Dr. Shumway and his staff always make their patients’ care and comfort their number one priority. They keep up with the latest technology in dental procedures to make certain they are providing the highest quality dental care. We also appreciate how their schedule runs on time, and they always respond to unexpected dental emergencies in a timely manner.”
“I have been going to Dr. Shumway going on 5+ years. The staff is very courteous and professional. The office is also very big on technology and has new gadgets to try out. I go every six months for cleaning and check up and they send out reminder postcards about your upcoming appointment so you don't forget. Also, there is a yogurt machine on your way out.”
“They are always very friendly! And they remember I have Rottwielers and ask how they are doing!!”
“Dr. Shumway is always positive and friendly. This makes the staff the same way. Everyone is so concerned for the patient’s comfort. Calling the next day to be sure you’re not having trouble with the dental procedures is a real plus. We travel over 180 miles one way because we won’t go to any other dentist.”
“It is an excellent office; well-run and efficient, but also friendly, which is most important. Keep it up!”
“Even thought this is a dental office (and I don’t like dentists that much), Dr. Shumway and his staff are always polite and compassionate to their patient’s concerns. Also, they make me want to continue to come in for treatments on a regular basis. If I feel comfortable recommending Dr. Shumway to the people I work with and my friends, then that should let you know what kind of office and staff they have.”
“Cannot remember being in an office environment where the staff appeared more connected and caring for each other. Keep up the good work. The atmosphere is one of peace and love, so I feel obligated to come in and shake things up!”
“The staff is great and friendly. I love Dr. Shumway – He is the greatest. He never causes me any pain. He spends time explaining all issues to me.”
Ready to Throw Your CPAP Out the Window?
Sleep apnea and snoring are two of the most common sleep disorders and affect millions of people and their spouses.
The usual treatment is a CPAP machine prescribed by a sleep doctor. But a large number of people just can’t tolerate them and discontinue use after a trial period, endangering their health and sometimes their lives.
We Offer a Great Alternative to the CPAP!
Oral appliance therapy is an alternative method to get a good night’s rest with no snoring, interrupted breathing, or airway blockage. The oral appliance comfortably holds the jaw forward to maintain an open airway during sleep.
Dr. Andy and Dr. Joel have received specialized training in oral appliance therapy, and can custom fit an appliance for you.
Give our office a call and we will set up an appointment for one of the doctors to evaluate your specific symptoms and determine if an oral appliance is your ideal solution to the problem.
Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Because it can decrease the blood oxygen levels, sleep apnea is a potentially fatal and life-threatening condition. It can lead to:
coronary artery disease
increased rate of car accidents
poor quality of life
Signs of Sleep Apnea
Are you experiencing the following problems?
Headaches or feel tired upon waking up
Your partner complains of loud snoring
Extreme sleepiness during your waking hours
Snoring accompanied by frequent pauses in breathing
Does Everyone Who Snores Have Sleep Apnea?
While not all people who snore have sleep apnea, those who are diagnosed with this potentially life-threatening sleep disorder do snore.
Snoring can be aggravating to others who have to hear it, but it’s more serious than just causing noise.
When snoring is interrupted by bouts of obstructed breathing that can last for more than 10 seconds and occurring several times every night, that is known as obstructive sleep apnea.
Because the disorder can decrease the blood oxygen levels, it is a potentially life-threatening condition.
Ask your bed partner if you often snore too loudly. If you do, you need to speak with us as soon as possible.
For people who don’t have bed partners, you can tell if you have sleep apnea or not if you notice morning headaches upon waking or excessive drowsiness during the day.
What is Sleep Apnea?
The term “apnea” means “to stop breathing”. A person diagnosed with this sleep disorder may experience shallow to no breathing at all during sleep.
This condition occurs when there is complete or partial obstruction in the airways. When this happens, the chest muscles and diaphragm work harder to bring air into the lungs as well as clear the blocked air passage. Snorting, loud gasps, or body jerking are common when breathing resumes to normal.
As a result of the airway obstruction, there is little air that flows into the lungs, causing reduced distribution of oxygen to the organs as well as irregular heart rhythms.
There are around 12 million Americans diagnosed with sleep apnea. It is also estimated that 1 in 25 men and 1 in 50 women have this sleep problem. This disorder is also common among people with large or thick necks as well as those with narrower airways in the mouth, nose, or throat.
Treating Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Treatment for sleep disorders may vary, depending on its causes. For mild cases, a lifestyle change will suffice. This conservative approach includes the following:
• Shed excess weight, • Stop the use of sleeping pills • Steer clear from tobacco use • Avoid alcohol • Get enough hours of sleep • Seek new sleeping positions