Dental Sleep Medicine

Dentists Treat Sleep Apnea, Too. Did you know that many dentists are trained to help treat and manage your snoring and sleep apnea? Dental sleep medicine is an area of dental practice that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-disordered breathing, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Dentists work together with physicians to identify the best treatment for each patient. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) is a professional society for dentists who help patients control snoring and obstructive sleep apnea through the use of oral appliance therapy.

Dr Robert Villwock

Dr Bob became passionate about treating Sleep Apnea for two reasons. First, patients began asking him for CPAP alternatives. Second, Dr. Bob suffers from Sleep Apnea and struggled with his CPAP. Dr Bob became a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine in 2017 and in 2019 received Diplomate status from the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. This makes Dr Bob one of only about 700 dentists who have achieved Diplomate status. He maintains his Diplomate status with ongoing continuing sleep education while networking with other Sleep Apnea Dentists. Dr Bob looks forward to working with you and your Sleep Physician to help you sleep better.

Take a moment to listen.

Signs and Symptoms of OSA

Red Flags During Sleep

  • Snoring
  • Heavy Breathing
  • Witnessed pauses in Breath
  • Choking or Gasping
  • Restless Sleep
  • Frequent trips to the Bathroom

Red Flags When You’re Awake

  • Daytime Sleepiness
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of Energy
  • Mood Changes
  • Irritability
  • Poor Concentration
  • Early Morning Headaches

Other Symptoms During Sleep

  • Acid Reflux
  • Heavy Sweating
  • Teeth Grinding

Other Symptoms when You’re Awake

  • Slow Reaction Times
  • Inability to Think Clearly
  • Impotence, Low Sex Drive

Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy

Easy to Wear
Convenient for Travel
Easy to Care For
Minimal Disturbance to Others

Benefits of Sleep Appliance Therapy

Deeper, more restful sleep
Increased Alertness and Concentration
Increased Energy and Motivation
Lower Blood Pressure
Decreased Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke
Decreased feeling of Depression and Anxiety
Ability to Lose Weight
Improved Sex Drive