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 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.

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I went to Dr Weierbach because I was unhappy about how my current orthodontist was treating my bruxism (teeth clenching at night). He assessed me and suggested trying Botox to relax the muscles. Within MINUTES, I felt relief and my face looked thinner as the muscles relaxed (turns out I was totally ripped, but only on my face, hahaha!). I slept with no guard and no medicine for bruxism for the first time that night in over 20 years. Night two has also passed. I am sleeping better and I have no pain in my jaw in the morning. Literally life-changing!

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I will forever be grateful for Dr. Weierbach and his staff. They have truly changed my life. Growing up I was embarrassed of my smile and due to negative experiences in the past, I was afraid to seek help. In May of 2019 I came across Dr. Weierbach's website and was immediately impressed by the patient reviews and photos. After my consultation appointment I knew I had finally found what I had been looking for. Dr. Weierbach, his assistant Chelsea, and the entire team are incredibly talented, kind and professional. They have given me a new smile that I love and have made me feel confident and beautiful.

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My sister and brother both went to Dr. Weierbach and then I did. Our teeth turned out fantastic!! The staff is phenomenal! I feel so confident smiling now!

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We have been seeing Dr. Weierbach since the 1980's. Our entire family has been patients there. A friend of ours had her front tooth broken off in a floor hockey game. She went to Weierbach for emergency treatment. The crown he made for her was perfect! She still tells me about the dentists she has seen since then that didn't recognize her front tooth had a crown! Weierbach does beautiful work...sort of a dental artist!

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I met Dr. Weierbach when I was 18 years old, and a pre-dental college student. Today, I am 23 and will be starting dental school in a couple of weeks! Without a doubt, Dr. Weierbach has been the most positive influence in my journey and truly a mentor figure. Of all the dental professionals I have shadowed in Lancaster, I could quickly tell he not only LOVES what he does, but he also EXCELS at it. He is patient, fair, compassionate, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, intelligent, talented, and someone who values both learning and teaching. In his office, I am never a "shadow," but someone he sees potential in and wants to share his craft with, even taking the time to introduce me to his patients and to talk about life over lunch. I have been thankful for the opportunity to sit in on his courses at Penn Dental as his guest, and to learn about his own mentors and journey into dentistry. Every member of his staff is also a gem. They are professional, invested in their work, genuine, caring, and the best at what they do. They have become another family of mine that I make sure to catch up with and visit whenever I am home over breaks. I feel lucky to have Dr. Weierbach in my life as someone I look up to in all the roles he holds, and can trust with my dental health. He is truly inspirational, and his office and staff are exceptional.

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I can not express how pleased I am with the work I've had done here. Dr. Weirbach and Chelsee are a great team! Chelsee was able to match the color of the filling perfectly, it felt as if they took me back in time before my teeth had any cavities. In fact they may even look better than my natural teeth. I am definitely looking forward to my future appointment!

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I can not express how pleased I am with the work I've had done here. Dr. Weirbach and Chelsee are a great team! Chelsee was able to match the color of the filling perfectly, it felt as if they took me back in time before my teeth had any cavities. In fact they may even look better than my natural teeth. I am definitely looking forward to my future appointment!

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Polite and respectful receptionists and office staff. Always greeting the patient by name as soon as they enter the practice. Dedicated dental team. I am very happy with the work and highly recommend Dr. John A. Weierbach II, D.M.D to patients in need. Howard Groff, Jr.

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I have been a patient of Dr. Weierbach for over two years being treated with a mouth appliance for sleep apnea. Dr. Weierbach and his staff are so welcoming, friendly, and professional. The office is attractive and very clean. I feel very comfortable when I walk through the door being greeted by the friendly staff. My mouth appliance works very well and it is comfortable to wear all night. I highly recommend Dr. Weierbach to anyone who is searching for a wonderful specialty dentist. You will not be disappointed!

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