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.
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- Robert A
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- Naomi L
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- Deb R
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- Karen T
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- 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
I have been a patient of Dr. Weierbach for 10+ years now and together we have been on a dental journey. I have been and am continually impressed with the doctor’s demeanor, perfectionism & professionalism and his all-around commitment to ensuring a positive patient experience. I had some pretty extensive work done (zygomatic/lower jaw implants and full uppers and lowers) and I am now able to eat anything I want and can laugh and smile the day away. Most important to me (in addition to the dental work), Dr. Weierbach treats you like a friend, not a patient. That friendly and family atmosphere extends to all of his staff. Walking into the office and you are greeted with a friendly hello from Sue, Sherry and Jen. Amanda and Chelsee, Dental Assistants, are great at keeping you at ease while waiting for and undergoing procedures. Nina, my hygienist, keeps my smile pretty and ensures everything is in working order. Dr. Weierbach and his staff are top shelf and you would not go wrong seeking their services.
- Ray Z
Dr. Weierbach was able to correct the poorly done dental work done by another dentist. The completion of the work is nothing less than excellent and beyond my expectations. I never would've believed that the issues that I had could have beeen corrected. The doctor was able to restore the way I looked and gave me a smile that I thought I had lost. I strongly recommend Dr. Weierbach to anyone who has lost faith in their hope to restore or repair a dental problem.
- Annamarie R
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- Jim M