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Tips For Sleep Apnea Relief

By on January 15th, 2019 in Sleep Apnea

If you snore, you are not alone. About 40 percent of men, and 24 percent of women, snore. From tiny puffs of air to something resembling a chain saw that could shake the rafters, there are a thousand different kinds of nighttime rumblings drifting across the bed. Or perhaps you are the one being kept awake? While occasional snoring is annoying, a chronic habit can be a sign of a serious condition called sleep apnea, which needs to be treated. Dr. Jason M. Lane at Lane Family Dental in Wasilla, AK offers expert oral care, including help for those with sleep apnea. If you have questions, contact our office at (907) 373-2200.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a type of sleep disorder where your breathing is temporarily interrupted. In some people, the breathing lapses happen multiple times during the night. Every time you stop breathing, your body must “wake you up” to get you started again. This can leave you exhausted during the day. It can also affect your overall health if left untreated.

Signs of sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring
  • Pauses in breathing at night
  • Waking up short of breath or gasping for air
  • Dry mouth in the morning
  • Morning headaches
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue
  • Problems paying attention during the day
  • Irritability, moodiness or depression

Potential Affects of Sleep Apnea

While interruption of your sleep is the obvious consequence, it can also increase your risk of developing other serious health complications, including:

  • High blood pressure and heart problems
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Complications with medications and surgery
  • Liver problems
  • Sleep-deprived partners

Tips for Reducing Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Sleep apnea can be easily treated. Often, you can help relieve symptoms by making certain lifestyle changes.

Lose weight – People who are overweight are more likely to have sleep apnea.

Avoid caffeine – If you must have your coffee, soda or tea, try to avoid caffeine late in the day or within 2 hours of bedtime.

Stick to a sleep schedule – Maintaining the same schedule for going to bed and waking up will help your body become more attuned to the sleep/wake cycle.

Switch your sleeping position – Avoid sleeping on your back if at all possible.

Elevate your head – Prop up your pillow about 4-6 inches. You can also use a foam wedge or cervical pillow to keep your upper body elevated.

Open your nasal passages – Help keep your airways clear with nasal dilators, saline spray, breathing strips or nasal irrigation.

Exercise your jaw muscles – Though it may seem unusual, you can “train” your jaw to stay closed by doing certain exercises like chewing gum, holding a pen in your teeth or clenching your jaw for ten minutes before going to bed.

Ask Your Dentist About Treating Sleep Apnea

While a dentist might not be your immediate thought when it comes to treating sleep apnea, he or she may be able to help everyone reclaim a good night’s sleep. Lane Family Dentistry offers a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment for sleep apnea that includes a special night guard. This device will hold your jaw slightly forward so your airways stay open.

Find Relief From Sleep Apnea

If you or your partner suffers from excessive snoring or you suspect sleep apnea, there is help. Contact our Wasilla, AK practice at (907) 373-2200 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jason M. Lane.

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Office Hours

  • Monday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • SaturdayClosed
  • SundayClosed
Jason Chan
05:52 22 Mar 19
Dr Lane is a very kind and compassionate dentist. He's very knowledgeable and informative when it comes to any dental questions. His staff are also just as knowledgeable and they provide excellent care. I would definitely recommend him to my friends!
Karen Ho
09:41 09 Mar 19
Dr. Lane is an amazing dentist with a great team. He goes out of his way to make sure his patients are comfortable and always puts in extra effort to ease their fears of dentistry. Very professional from front office to back assistant. Highly recommend.
Christian Turner
23:45 26 Feb 19
Jason, Chris & Jen did a great job and making this experience a pleasant one. Great customer service and great smiles. I enjoyed them informing me on what's going on with my teeth with x-rays and photos
Hilary Turner
18:10 17 Feb 19
My daughter and I really enjoyed coming to Lane Family Dental. The are fast and friendly and took the additional time to answer our questions and made sure we were taken care of. I will recommend them to everyone I know. Best dentist appointment ever!
golden pigs
03:06 16 Feb 19
The most amazing experience we as a family have ever had. The staff is very friendly and professional and the dentist actually came out and met us. This practice will be our dentist for life.
John Welch
15:22 12 Feb 19
Dr Lane told me what I could for my situation and gave me a few options and consequences of each. Nice guy.
Lori Logan
04:16 11 Feb 19
Dr Lane and the entire staff are so welcoming and will take their time to make sure you are comfortable. They are professional and always run on time, which is much appreciated. Amazing experience from great people who really care!
Christopher Sinick
18:02 09 Feb 19
Dr. Lane is awesome! He is very personable and is always willing to do whatever he can to make you feel comfortable just like you would in your own home. He also truly cares about you and puts in the extra time to get to know you and customize treatment to your needs. I couldn’t recommend him enough!
John Ha
19:18 07 Feb 19
If you're looking for a dentist, you need to go see Dr. Lane. He definitely makes you feel comfortable, puts you at ease, and you can see he really cares about keeping your teeth in top shape. His office was able to get me in right away and fixed up when I had an emergency with a front tooth (clumsy me!). Thanks doc!
Misty Severs
21:07 18 Jan 19
Always friendly and makes you feel comfortable!
Christine Starkweather
18:04 25 Nov 18
The staff were very welcoming! Dr Lane was able to remove my tooth and get me out of there in 45 mins.
Heather Tallman
00:13 10 Oct 18
Dr Lane Family Dentistry is absolutely wonderful! My kids love to go here! Friendly, great customer service, thorough cleanings!
Danielle Mettling
20:01 14 Aug 18
I have a great disliking for all things teeth related, but my experience was great. Look forward to working with this clinic on getting my teeth where they need to be.
cristina mcanulty
01:10 25 Jul 18
I had an issue come up after hours and I sent them a message via Messenger and they immediately responded and were able to fit me in today!!! I’m so thankful for their help, but most of all for their amazing customer service and care for patients. I would absolutely recommend them for all of your dental needs.
Jess Adams
02:25 21 Jul 18
Very professional and nice people. Facility and dental equipment new and up to date! 5 out 5 stars!????
Angela Lundvall
01:48 26 Jun 18
This is the second time I’ve gone here and I’m still blown away by the service and attention to detail. Prior to these guys, I used to dread dental visits. At this office, they go above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable and happy. We just had our first child three weeks ago and I had to bring him with. I hoped that he would sleep through, but of course he woke up as soon as I showed up for the appt. He was hungry, but instead of getting upset with sticking to time schedules, they encouraged me to make sure he ate enough and burped before we started. He was still fussy, so their receptionist (she is amazing) held him while their dental hygienist (she was also awesome) did my x-rays and then we tucked him in the chair with me during the cleaning. Love it! My teeth are super shiny clean and both this mamma and her baby are very satisfied customers. ^_^
Rebecca Abshire
20:31 15 Jun 18
I had so much built up anxiety from not going to regular dental check ups like I probably should have but the staff was phenomenal! They all made me feel comfortable, didn't judge me, and had great hospitality. The hygentist was sweet, and gentle. I have not experienced that in a long time. I'm actually excited to go back in a few months for another cleaning. From the time I walked in to the time I left I felt like I chose the right place to go.
Caroll Denton
03:09 15 Jun 18
I'm pretty self conscious about my teeth, when I went into Lane Family Dental I felt very comfortable, and welcomed as soon as I opened the door. The staff here are amazing! I also enjoy how customer based the office is with refreshments, massage chairs and Netflix. After 10 years of trying to find a good dentist, Dr. Lane is by far the best.
Ronald Chester
00:22 23 May 18
Al though I went a long time without teeth I am glad to have them now Dr Lane is very good he is the best dentist I have ever been to he cares about my teeth he didn't hurt me like some have in the past I would like to thank him and his staff they ate all caring and professional people I highly recommend his dental services thanks
Kim Washington
20:20 22 May 18
I have really truly tried to avoid all dentist's! But I love Lane Family Dentist!! Very Much Looking Forward to my next appointments!! Must Visit!! You Wont Be Disappointed ?!! 5'Stars!!
Adrian Hull
00:16 01 May 18
My husband and I recently found Lane Family Dental. We are both so pleased with their professionalism, modern equipment and outstanding care. The people at the front and Dr. Lane's dental assistant are bright, cheeful and professional as well. Living in Talkeetna we are so pleased they have two offices, one being in Willow which is quite convenient. Thank you Lane Family Dental for providing such great care to the Mat-Su Valley.
Jessica M.
02:11 28 Apr 18
Great atmosphere, staff, and dentist. I had a bad experience the last time I went to the dentist so I was petrified to go in but this place was totally relieving. Me and my family will always be coming here with our dental needs.
Ryan Hill
17:43 21 Mar 18
I have always had a wonderful experience with this office. Everyone is always nice and welcoming. The office is clean and beautifully decorated. I would recommend this office to anyone.
Macey Shapiro
19:53 05 Mar 18
The best dentist I’ve had in my 60 years. Absolutely impeccably clean facilities. New facilities. The latest techniques and strategies to provide excellent dental care. And most of all the least amount of pain I’ve ever felt at the dentist.
Paulette E
22:45 09 Feb 18
About a year or so ago I discovered Lane Dental. Due to circumstances in my life I hadn’t been to a dentist in a really long time. They were very caring and kind. Since then I’ve had some teeth removed and am currently having a partial made. They have been patiently working with me and my insurance. Asia has been wonderful to work with for my scheduling and Dr. lane has been so kind and gentle. His assistants have been a real pleasure also. Thank you to the entire staff ?
Jan Miller
17:14 02 Dec 17
Finally, a dentist I look forward to coming to. Great staff, lovely warm waiting area. Dr.Lane is gentle, kind and professional. He explains each process so you know what he is doing. My teeth look great after he fixed some chips in my front teeth.I highly recommend Lane Family Dentistry.
Douglas Gregory
01:07 30 Nov 17
Fantastic customer service! Everybody there is very friendly and easy to talk to. They explained everything that was going on with my teeth, provided a plan to get them back in good shape, and cleaned em up real nice. It may have been a while since my last trip to a dentist, but I don't remember the visits being so relaxing.
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LANE FAMILY DENTAL OF WASILLA

1301 E PALMER-WASILLA HIGHWAY
WASILLA, AK 99654

Office Hours

  • Monday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday8:00am - 5:00pm
  • SaturdayClosed
  • SundayClosed
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