Life Before Sleep Apnea Treatment

  • Falling asleep during the day
  • Chronic morning headaches
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Snoring that wakes your partner
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Memory problems

Life After Sleep Apnea Treatment

  • Renewed interest in life and relationships
  • Undisturbed sleep for you and your partner
  • Wake up feeling rested and ready for the day
  • Increased work performance
  • A feeling of happiness and contentment
  • Start each morning without headaches
  • Feeling confident and capable of taking on the day
  • Increased quality of life for you and your family

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale

Find out if your fatigue is true daytime sleepiness caused by sleep apnea.

“There has been a big difference for the good since I’ve come in for treatment.  I am now sleeping great, not getting headaches in the morning, able to chew most food without pain, not feeling drowsy during the day, my jaw no longer locks up, able to drastically reduce my depression drugs, and stopped taking anxiety drugs completely.  I feel like I am cured!”

Liz Y

“I initially saw Dr. Pick in 2010 for my TMJ issues.  It was extremely bad where I couldn’t do normal things like wear sunglasses, wear a hat, or even put my hair in a pony tail due to the pain and headaches.  It has now been 12 years, and my quality of life has improved tremendously since I saw him. I am still able to chew food, wear sunglasses and hats, and put my hair up with no issues.”  

Laura Cook

 “I am seeing huge improvement after only 4 visits.  I am sleeping better, and my pain has reduced by 60% since my first visit.”  

Emily D

“I have had huge success during this treatment.  I am now have more normal  range of motion, where I can open my mouth comfortably, my jaw no longer pops, I have reduced my pain by at least 90%, and now taking no medication for my pain and anxiety.  Before this treatment, my condition used to debilitate me where I wasn’t functional day to day like I should have been.  I now have the confidence to pursue a dream job, and succeeded in getting it!”  


“I have had some huge improvement since coming in. My temporal tendons don’t hurt today, I have a better head rotation overall, and my neck and shoulders aren’t nearly as bad compared to before I started the treatment.  

I am also sleeping really well now. I used to have to take Ambient and/or Benadryl every night since my accident happened in 2018  just to get to sleep.  Now I’ve only taken it 2-3 times in the past 2 weeks, and able to go to sleep easily more often.

My overall quality of life has drastically improved due to such a large reduction in the daily pain I was experiencing”

Brooke B

“I’m sleeping well overnight now.  I am now using fewer drugs to control the pain, and chewing food is going great too”

Lisa A

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Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Sleep apnea symptoms can look a lot like symptoms of many other conditions. Many times depression and anxiety are mistaken for the root cause of your problems, but in reality, those are secondary. They’re symptoms of sleep apnea. Read through other common symptoms.

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Witnessed apneic episode (stoppage of breathing)
  • Morning headaches
  • Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Morning headaches
  • Loud snoring

In addition to these symptoms, untreated sleep apnea has long-term consequences. The lack of sleep damages your entire body, including your heart and brain. Leaving sleep apnea untreated raises your risk for hypertension, heart disease, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes. In fact, those with sleep apnea are 5-6 times more likely to die younger than those without it. If you think you might have sleep apnea, get tested right away.

Sleep Apnea Treatment with Oral Appliance Therapy

Sleep apnea treatment in Des Moines gives you options. Many people put off testing because they don’t want to sleep with a CPAP machine. The good news is that not everyone needs to! We’ll discuss your options after you’ve been tested for sleep apnea with a lab or home sleep study. We’ll consider what type of sleep apnea you have, its severity, lifestyle, adherence to treatment, and budget. From there, we’ll decide what is best for you.

You’ll need a CPAP to effectively treat your condition in some cases. But in others, you can treat your sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. We make your oral appliance custom for you. You’ll wear it each night to hold your airway open and get the restful sleep you need.

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