Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment Lancaster PA
People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have disrupted sleep and low blood oxygen levels. When obstructive sleep apnea occurs, the tongue is sucked against the back of the throat. This blocks the upper airway and airflow stops. When the oxygen level in the brain becomes low enough, the sleeper partially awakens, the obstruction in the throat clears, and the flow of air starts again, usually with a loud gasp.
Repeated cycles of decreased oxygenation lead to very serious cardiovascular problems. Additionally, these individuals suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, depression, and loss of concentration.
Some patients have obstructions that are less severe called Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS). In either case, the individuals suffer many of the same symptoms.
The first step in treatment resides in recognition of the symptoms and seeking appropriate consultation. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons offer consultation and treatment options.
In addition to a detailed history, the doctors will assess the anatomic relationships in the maxillofacial region. With cephalometic (skull x-ray) analysis, the doctors can ascertain the level of obstruction. Sometimes a naso-pharyngeal exam is done with a flexible fiber-optic camera. To confirm the amount of cardiovascular compromise and decreased oxygenation levels, a sleep study may be recommended to monitor an individual overnight.
There are several treatment options available. An initial treatment may consist of using a nasal CPAP machine that delivers pressurized oxygen through a nasal mask to limit obstruction at night. One of the surgical options is an uvulo-palato-pharyngo-plasty (UPPP), which is performed in the back of the soft palate and throat. A similar procedure is sometimes done with the assistance of a laser and is called a laser assisted uvulo-palato-plasty (LAUPP). In other cases, a radio-frequency probe is utilized to tighten the soft palate. These procedures usually performed under light IV sedation in the office.
In more complex cases, the bones of the upper and lower jaw may be repositioned to increase the size of the airway (orthognathic surgery). This procedure is done in the hospital under general anesthesia and requires a one to two day overnight stay in the hospital.
Dr. Weierbach or Dr. Genetti has been fabricating sleep apnea and snoring oral appliances for over eighteen years. Oral appliances are an excellent treatment for patients who snore or who have mild to moderate sleep apnea. They are a comfortable and effective treatment for those patients who have difficulty with a the claustrophobic feeling or other side effects of a CPAP machine. He fabricates several different types of oral appliances dependent upon the patient’s symptoms and occlusion of their teeth. The Micro2 oral appliance is among those types that he utilizes.
i-CAT CBCT Scanner For Sleep Apnea
Dr. Weierbach uses his state-of-the art 3D scanner to diagnose and treat Sleep Apnea and other sleep conditions. The scans help Dr. Weierbach uses the scans to visualize airway space and to check out your anatomy.
Weierbach & Genetti Prosthodontics
Dr. Loren Genetti is a great asset to Dr. John Weierbach. She listens to her clients;then makes suggestions and together a plan is made. She is very thorough with her explanations. Dr. Genetti is very knowledgeable,artsy, kind and caring. I have been a client of Dr. Weierbach for 20 years. Together they make a great team!
- Jackie B
I have spent hours in the dental chair for some appointments related to the procedures I am having done. The staff care about your comfort and Dr Weirbach personally calls to follow up. They do not settle for mediocre.
- Gail G
Absolutely amazing care and treatment from start to finish. Every visit is a pleasure. I went from having pain and discomfort every day from TMJ to no pain at all. That would not be possible without Dr. Weierbach and his staff.
- Amy F
I was recommended to you by a friend and pulmonary NP for sleep apnea appliance. During the examination the uneven lower front teeth were talked about. Dr Weierbach explained cosmetic countouring to me. I decided to have it done! I was amazed that a simple procedure could make such a visable difference to my smile. So sad that for a long time when out in public a mask had to be worn and smiles not seen!! I am very happy for sleep apnea appliance and even front lower teeth! Thank you
- Becky L
everyone was accommodating and worked well together as a team to provide a peaceful and careful environment for the procedures.
- Brent S
My experience with this office was fantastic. Following a really treacherous and expensive trip to another Dentist, Dr. Weierbach and the staff were such a welcome relief. I finally found who I needed to make the necessary changes and adjustments to my implants and plates. Scheduling appointments was easy and availability of times was never a concern. I would readily vouch for Dr. Weierbach that he is a very caring and professional Prosthodontist. Thank you Dr. Weierbach and staff
- Catherine L
Dr. Weierbach has been my Prosthodontist for the last 20 plus years and during that time , I have had Root canals, Crowns, Extractions, and recently a full set of lower teeth attached to six Implants. I would highly Recommend Dr. Weierbach and his excellent staff for any type of dental work. Dick H
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