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 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 claustrophibic 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 TAP III oral appliance is among those types that he utilizes.
JOHN A. WEIERBACH II, D.M.D.
I am a 3rd year dental student and my experience with Dr. Weierbach was exceptional. I was very selective when choosing a prosthodontist to redo my upper two front teeth. From the minute I walked in his practice, to the day I left with my new highly esthetic and natural looking crowns, I was impressed with Dr. Weierbach and his staff. Dr. Weierbach took the time sit down and to answer any and all questions I had. It was evident that Dr. Weierbach keeps up to date on the most relevant and current research. As a future dentist I would highly recommend Dr. Weierbach.
- Christopher F
Not to say everyone will receive dentures for free.But I want to express my heart felt thank you to the Dr and everyone in his office for making me feel so welcome each time I came. I could not eat good food for two years because I did not have dentures but thanks for giving me my smile back.God bless you all.
- Robert M
I had dental implants placed approximately 25 years ago with dental crowns done around the same time. As the years progressed, I was never truly happy with my cosmetic result. I was always aware of my crown imperfections. I guess they were okay at the time but I new they could look better. After months of research on finding a restorative dentist that specialized in dental implant crowns, I made an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Weierbach. Dr. Weierbach and his staff were absolutely awesome. They completely made me feel at ease and explained every step of the process. Months later with numerous visits to his office, I finally got the smile that I set out for. It truly is a game changer and has made me proud to smile again. Thank you for your commitment to excellent customer service and the highest quality of dental implant crowns.
- Brandy B
In the beginning I used my dentist of 15 years for my teeth extractions. His services turned out bad. He then recommended me to John A. Weierbach II, DMD (PROSTHODONTIST) and Conestoga Oral Surgery. Dr. Weierbach performed the finishing up of my total restoration. The outcome was great. I fully recommend their services.
- Robert A
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- Naomi L
Dr Weierbach and his staff are exceptional people. They are not only experts in their field but are also warm and caring in all they do. The thought of getting needed implants, a bridge, and crowns to fix my upper failing bridge was daunting and unsettling to me. Dr. Weierbach and his staff were patient and so reassuring during the the entire process. I am completely satisfied and happy with my new teeth. The end result - beautiful !
- Beverly B
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- Deb R
I have been grinding my teeth my whole life! Even with faithfully wearing a night guard I did extensive damage to my teeth. Apparently, I am an unconscious daily tooth grinder. This left me with few options for repairing my teeth. I was recommended to Dr. Weierbach who developed an comprehensive plan to restore my smile. Not only did Dr. Weierbach create a new smile but he transformed my smile into a more youthful one! No he's not a magician, just a very research-based talented dentist. I trusted his judgment and recommendations every step of the year long process. The best compliments still come from my hustband of almost 40 years who cherishes my new smile! The care I received from the office staff over the year was outstanding. If you have any dental issues that require expert advise , I highly recommend you contact Dr. Weierbach and his office staff. You will be on your way to a more confident, functional smile!
- Karen T
I was missing both of my lateral incisor teeth, and I had surgery done for dental implants. When it came time to start the treatment, I had a consultant with Dr. Weierbach and his team. He assured me that I was in good hands-- he was right! Besides getting the crowns, I also had ZOOM whitening done, which I would highly recommend for a quick and reliable way to whiten your teeth. During my treatment, the appliance that held my temporary teeth broke. He and his staff went the extra mile and took time out of their busy day to fix it; they reassured me that if anything like that were to happen, they should be the first ones we call. Throughout my many appointments, the staff always made sure I was comfortable and besides that, they were incredibly personable! Dr. Weierbach and his team of amazing assistants worked incredibly hard to make sure my smile was perfect while making it as painless as possible. The shade of my crowns, the shape, and the length all combine to make a very natural looking smile. I could not think of another person I would want to do my treatment with. If you or anyone you know are looking to get dental work done, Dr. Weierbach is the man to do it! He will go out of his way to make sure every detail is impeccable. Thank you guys!
- Trinity M
OUTSTANDING! Dr. Weierbach is a highly qualified prosthodontist who is warm, engaging, funny, and always seeking perfection. Every office visit I smiled and laughed because of the assistants (Melissa) and Dr. Weierbach. The quality of the dental work was exceptional! I walked out of the office today with the end result, feeling beautiful. THANK YOU to all the staff! 🤟
- Paula K