Sleep Apnea Evaluation & Treatment

For Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Dr. Dina Hammouda offers:

Oral Appliance Therapy

Which repositions the jaw and tongue to open up the airway and promote proper breathing.


A non-invasive laser treatment is also available to reduce snoring and improve breathing during sleep.

What is an Oral Appliance therapy (OAT)?

An Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is a dental appliance used in the treatment of certain sleep-related breathing disorders, particularly obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring. It’s a non-invasive and non-surgical option designed to help open the upper airway and promote better airflow during sleep. The OAT looks somewhat like a mouthguard and is custom-fitted to the patient’s teeth and jaw.

The primary function of a OAT is to advance or reposition the lower jaw (mandible) slightly forward during sleep. By doing so, it helps prevent the collapse or narrowing of the upper airway, which is a common cause of snoring and sleep apnea events. By keeping the airway open, it reduces the likelihood of interruptions in breathing and can lead to improved sleep quality and reduced symptoms associated with sleep apnea.

OATs are considered one of the conservative treatment options for sleep apnea and are often recommended for individuals with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea who prefer a non-surgical approach or are unable to tolerate continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. They are custom-made by a dentist or dental specialist to ensure a proper fit and effectiveness.

It’s important to note that the use of a OAT should be under the guidance of a dentist with expertise in dental sleep medicine, to ensure it’s suitable for the individual’s specific condition and needs.

Presenting Our OASYS Appliance for OSA Treatment:

At our clinic, we specialize in treating mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) using the OASYS appliance. This remarkable oral appliance therapy, invented by Dr. Mark Abramson himself, is renowned for its comprehensive approach to OSA management.

What Sets the OASYS Appliance Apart:

The OASYS appliance is meticulously handcrafted to target several crucial factors contributing to OSA:

  1. Jaw Positioning: OASYS advances the jaw forward, effectively improving nighttime breathing.
  2. Tongue Root: It features tongue buttons to address the root of the tongue, increasing the size of your airway further.
  3. Enhanced Nasal Airflow: Additionally, it features nasal buttons that enhance nasal airflow. Nasal airflow is important because it effectively filters out dust and allergens while simultaneously boosting oxygen intake.
  4. OASYS fits only on the lower arch, allowing its use during Invisalign, clear aligner therapy, or with upper complete dentures.


Are You a Suitable Candidate for the OASYS Appliance?

The OASYS appliance is thoughtfully designed to fit comfortably over the lower teeth, making it an excellent option for most patients including those with complete upper dentures or those using Invisalign trays. However, it’s important to note that if you’re currently experiencing jaw pain, addressing this concern is our top priority before proceeding safely with this oral appliance therapy. 

What is Nightlase?

NightLase is a laser therapy procedure that’s often used for the treatment of snoring and certain cases of mild sleep-disordered breathing, particularly when sleep apnea is not present or is very mild. It’s considered a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment option.

Here’s how NightLase works:

  1. Laser Treatment: During a NightLase procedure, a specialized laser is used to heat and tighten the tissues in the back of the throat and palate. This tightening process is designed to reduce the vibration and fluttering of soft tissues that can cause snoring.

  2. Collagen Production: The laser energy stimulates the production of collagen in the tissues. Collagen is a protein that provides structural support, and the increased collagen can help stiffen and tone the soft palate and throat tissues.

  3. Multiple Sessions: Typically, NightLase is done in a series of treatment sessions, usually spaced a few weeks apart. The exact number of sessions may vary depending on the individual and the severity of their snoring.

The advantages of NightLase for snoring treatment are that it’s a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure, and it doesn’t require any anesthesia. Patients can generally resume normal activities immediately after each session.

However, it’s important to note that NightLase is most effective for snoring caused by tissue laxity and vibration in the throat, and it may not be suitable for some cases of sleep apnea or other underlying medical conditions. As with any medical procedure, it’s essential to assess your specific condition before recommending the most suitable treatment approach for you.


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