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Sleep Apnea Specialist

Northwest Snoring Center

Dr. Donald Johnson

Sleep Specialist located in Coeur d'Alene, ID

About 25 million American adults suffer from poor sleep quality and excessive daytime drowsiness due to sleep apnea. Dentist and sleep specialist Donald Johnson, DDS, founded Northwest Snoring Center in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to help people with sleep apnea thrive and be happy. That’s why he offers comfortable alternatives to CPAP treatment for sleep apnea. If you or a loved one has sleep apnea, call the office or book your consultation online today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common and potentially serious sleep disorder that involves repeated pauses in breathing. There are different types of sleep apnea, including:

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type. This condition occurs when your throat muscles relax and block your air passages.

Central sleep apnea

This type of sleep apnea involves abnormalities in the way your brain sends signals to the muscles that control your breathing.

Complex sleep apnea syndrome

Complex sleep apnea syndrome, also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, happens when you have obstructive and central sleep apnea at the same time. 

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Central and obstructive sleep apneas share similar signs and symptoms, which can make it difficult to determine the type you have. Common signs of both types of sleep apnea include:


  • Loud, persistent snoring
  • Breaks in breathing witnessed by another person
  • Gasping or choking during sleep
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Morning headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness


Sleep apnea affects more than just the person with the condition. Chronic loud snoring can interfere with your partner’s sleep and disturb others in the house. Dr. Johnson opened Northwest Snoring Center to help people with sleep apnea improve quality of life for themselves and their families.

How is sleep apnea diagnosed and treated?

First, Dr. Johnson reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam. If he thinks you have sleep apnea, he may recommend you take a home sleep test. This test involves using a portable device to monitor your sleep in the comfort of your own home.

After your condition is diagnosed, Dr. Johnson recommends the best treatment for you. Traditional sleep apnea treatment typically focuses on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). This therapy requires you to wear a sleep mask to bed, which many people find uncomfortable.

Dr. Johnson provides oral appliances as an easy-to-use, effective alternative to CPAP. These form-fitting appliances don’t need electric power, which makes them great for camping, hunting, and traveling. The oral appliances Dr. Johnson uses at Northwest Snoring Center are recommended by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

To learn more about comfortable alternatives to CPAP for treating sleep apnea, call Northwest Snoring Center or book your consultation online today. 


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