At least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders each year. The majority of these conditions can result in sleep deprivation, which interferes with work, driving, and academics.
Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have intermittent breathing disturbances while you sleep. These breathing pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. They might occur 30 times or more in an hour. Typically, normal breathing starts again, oftentimes with a loud choking sound or snort.
As a result of these breathing interruptions, the quality of your sleep is poor, which leads to a host of other consequences such as:
If sleep apnea is left untreated, there are health complications that may arise:
At North Texas Sleep Solutions, Dr. Lauck provides a Quick Self Check below to determine whether you have a sleep disorder and are in need of further care.
|#||Situation||Chance of dozing|
|1||Sitting and reading||
|3||Sitting inactive in a public place (e.g a theater or a meeting)||
|4||As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break||
|5||Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit||
|6||Sitting and talking to someone||
|7||Sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol||
|8||In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic||
At North Texas Sleep Solutions, we have no bias towards a specific treatment. We’ll guide you towards your appropriate sleep solution to make sure the sleep therapy fits into your lifestyle. We also want to ensure the cost and financing of your sleep apnea treatment is affordable and convenient.
We have three sleep apnea options that Dr. Lauck and our team provide for a sound slumber:
Continuous positive airway pressure therapy uses a machine to help a person who has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) which is the most common form of sleep apnea. A CPAP machine increases air pressure in your throat as you’re sleeping so that your airway doesn’t collapse when you breathe in.
Involves removing and repositioning excess tissue in the throat to increase the width of the airway. Dr. Lauck uses UPPP (Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty - a surgery to open the upper airways by taking out extra tissue in the throat) and other soft palate procedures as her go-to type of surgery for sleep apnea.
These are convenient and portable, and not only do they treat sleep apnea, they are effective to stop snoring. Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD) are sleep apnea mouthpieces that are custom-crafted by Dr. Lauck using a plastic-like mold that forms to the shape of the patient’s teeth and mouth.
After earning her Doctorate in Dental Surgery at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Dr. Lauck has completed over 2,500 hours of continued education and since 2001 has focused her studies on TMJ and Sleep Apnea treatments.
She holds 2 diplomate degrees in Sleep Apnea Treatment, in addition to being a Medicare provider for Sleep Apnea. She has experience in different appliance designs that fit every individual case.
For your treatment, she uses only FDA approved appliances that are made in top labs in the country. Her practice, North Texas Sleep Solutions, is dedicated to treating patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and snoring.