Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which a person stops breathing periodically throughout the night due to various factors which include physical obstruction of the airway. The long-term effects of untreated obstructive sleep apnea range from hypertension, endothelial dysfunction, cognitive impairment, stroke, and even sudden death.

Health Risks of OSA

• High Blood Pressure
• Stroke
• Heart Issues
• Blood Sugar
• Metabolism
• Cancer
• Mental Health & Alzheimer’s
• Impaired Cognitive Functioning
• Fatigue and Accidents
• Immune Health

Dr. Leoni is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM). The ABDSM is the leading national testing organization for dentists who treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. Earning Diplomate status from the ABDSM is a unique honor that recognizes special competency in dental sleep medicine.

While CPAP is the standard treatment for sleep apnea, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) estimates up to 50 percent of sleep apnea patients do not comply with or tolerate CPAP. In contrast to a CPAP machine, an oral appliance is a mouth guard-like device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway.

It protrudes and supports the mandible, which creates a more patent airway. Patients prefer an oral appliance to CPAP because they are easy to wear, are comfortable, quiet, and very portable for travel.

sleep apnea airway | Dr. Susan M. Leoni, DMD,D.ABDSM