Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure)...

A CPAP Machine is a medical device that delivers comtinuous air pressure through a mack attached to a pump. The unit is usually placed next to the bed and is plugged into a standard electrical outlet. It works by providing positive air pressure into the airway to keep it unobstructed during sleep. It is the "Golden Standard" of treatment and is 100% affective when adjusted properly. Some side effects of using the machine may include:

  • laceration of the bridge of the nose from the mask
  • bloating of the stomach
  • nasal irritation and skin rashes
  • social implications
  • dry throat and sinus irritations
  • difficult to travel with
  • noisy and uncomfortable
  • anxiety and claustrophobia
  • not suitable during pregnancy
  • limited sleep positions

Several surgical procedures are utilized to address snoring and sleep apnea tohelp unobstruct the airway.These include:
  • removal of tonsils and adenoids
  • RF (Radio Frequency) surgery to shrink the obstructive tissues
  • UPPP (uvulopalaropharyngeoplasty)
  • LAUP (laser assited uvulopalatoplasty)
  • tongue reduction
  • jaw reconstruction
  • tracheostomy
As with all surgeries, there is a risk of post-surgical complications. An ENT doctor or an oral surgeon trained in these procedures will determine if you are a candidate for any of the above to treat OSA.

Dental devices are often a viable alternative to CPAP Therapy. A specially designed oral appliance repositions the lower jaw and tongue during sleep. It enlarges the airway by moving the tongue and jaw forward, thus creating more space for the air to flow. Our office has specialized equipment to measure the airway and predict the success of an oral appliance. The appliance can be highly effective for those who suffer from snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. Benefits of an oral appliance include:
  • comfortable and esay to wear
  • small and convenient for travel
  • non-invasive
  • high compliance rate
  • quite,accepted by bed partner
There are a few general measures that can be taken to help those suffering with snoring and OSA,they include:
  • diet if you are overweight
  • exercise regularly
  • avoid alcohol before going to sleep
  • sleep on your side
Do you snore?
Do you wake up tired in the morning?
Do you have high blood pressure?
Do you fall asleep during the day easily?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions you could suffer from Sleep Disorder Breathing(SDB).
SDB affects one third of the US population. It refers to a condition where apneas (sesation of breathing for 10 seconds or more) and hypopneas (drop in oxygen saturation in the blood) are present during sleep. The most common form of SDB is OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) but SDB refers to a wide spectrum of sleep-related breathing abnormalities related to increased upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), including snoring.

Sleep Disorders Dentistry is the dental treatment of OSA with oral appliance therapy. During sleep, the muscles in the throat surrounding the airway, along with the tongue, relax and sometimes totally block the airway. The dental device repositions the jaw and tongue so that this blockage cannot occur. The device is safe, well tolerated, and effective for treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.


Before any therapy is performed in our office, a diagnosis of snoring or OSA is required. An oral appliance is then made to fit comfortably and provide the maximum amount of airflow through yoour airway. A follow-up sleep test will be performed to screen for treatment efficacy. Successful treatment of snoring and sleep apnea should help you gain a fuller, more refreshed nights sleep. A better nights rest will leave you with a higher energy level, greater alertness, and a new outlook on life!