Are you struggling with symptoms of snoring or sleep apnea? Do you have a CPAP machine and would like to try an alternative form of treatment? Our snoring and sleep apnea solutions can help you get a great night’s sleep!
Get a FREE Diagnosis for the Right Sleep Apnea Treatment
Our 3D scanning equipment allows Dr. Skinner to see if you have bone structure or tissue problems that may cause obstructive sleep apnea. This type of sleep apnea also happens often when the muscles in your throat are too relaxed, and they collapse during sleep.
When you receive a diagnosis for sleep apnea, we can offer a dental device that can drastically improve your life! Get the sleep you need without bulky, noisy machines.
We offer three main types of treatment: nighttime mouth guards, Invisalign teeth straightening, and our ultra-modern NightLase system.
- Our nighttime mouth guard positions your jaw so that you can breathe with ease throughout the night.
- Invisalign treatment can open your dental airway making more room for you to breathe
- Our ultra-modern NightLase system can open your airway and make your breathing effortless.
Call our office today to learn more about these treatments for a better night’s sleep.
Personalized Sleep Apnea Treatment for the Best Possible Results
We will take a digital scan of your teeth with our digital 3D laser scanner during your consultation. The doctor will analyze the results and suggest the treatment that is best for you.
The simplest treatment is to 3D print a dental sleep mouth guard that is custom fit to help you breathe easier. While you may be tempted to use a sports guard or universal mouth guard, they may cause jaw pain or cause your teeth to shift to destructive and damaging positions if worn at night.
Sometimes if you have obstructive sleep apnea, the best solution may be to use Invisalign clear aligners to straighten your teeth—which would leave much more room for your tongue to open your airway. The additional benefit is that you will have a beautiful smile, and you will sleep better.
The most modern solution is 3–4 short treatments with Nightlase. Nightlase is a non-surgical laser that tightens the muscles at the back of your throat, opening your airway to increase oxygen.
If you are concerned about cost, we can discuss that during the consultation as well. We accept most dental insurances and accept most forms of payment. We can also discuss a payment plan, if necessary.
We offer payment plans such as six months and one year, the same as cash, and long term payments for the lowest possible monthly payment costs that are available for most patients.
Will I Need an Oral Surgeon?
Most types of sleep apnea can be treated with an oral device, Invisalign clear aligners, Nightlase, or a CPAP machine. However, some sleep apnea patients may have odd bone structures that interfere with breathing during sleep. For those extreme cases, we might suggest MARPE treatment.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
If you haven’t received a sleep apnea diagnosis, call us if you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
- Lack of energy during the day.
- Excessive sleepiness during the day.
- Memory loss and brain fatigue.
- Chronic headaches, especially in the morning.
- Loud snoring.
- Unexplained weight gain.
- Sudden waking with a snorting or choking sound.
Remember, sleep apnea can be serious and can cause oxygen deprivation of your brain all night long, putting you at significant risk of strokes, weight gain, migraine headaches, and Alzheimer’s. You need to be at your best, which is why we offer the best sleep apnea diagnosis and treatments we can give you.
How Do You Determine If I Have Sleep Apnea?
Depending on the situation, we may dispense a home sleep test for you to use and return, or we can refer you to a local sleep lab to administer a sleep test to determine if you have sleep apnea.
A sleep test is done with an electronic device that you wear overnight for two nights to test your oxygen levels and brain waves while you sleep. If you have periods where your oxygen drops, sleep apnea could be the cause of your symptoms.
Once you are diagnosed with sleep apnea by a board-certified sleep physician, there are many options we can use to treat sleep apnea.
Nightlase is a non-surgical laser procedure where we laser scan the back of the throat to tighten the collagen in the back of the throat to open it and help patients breathe better. This option also helps to quiet snoring and also can help improve athletic performance.
CPAP Machines and oral devices help treat sleep apnea, but they only help the patient if they are used. Nightlase, on the other hand, helps patients all the time and cannot be forgotten—it is also far more convenient than a CPAP.
Invisalign Clear Braces
We are often able to use orthodontics to move teeth to expand your smile, which takes the pressure off of your tongue and helps to open your airway while giving you an amazing smile at the same time.
MARPE / Maxillary Skeletal Expander (MSE)
For more extreme cases, we might recommend the Mini-implant Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion (MARPE) procedure. This procedure helps expand your palate and the nasal sinuses at the same time— and the MSE makes the MARPE happen. MARPEs can easily enlarge your smile and help you breathe easier.
Oral appliances are used to hold the jaw forward and prevent the jaw from falling back into the throat. The forward position also allows more air to pass through the throat. Oral appliances allow you to sleep and breathe easy and comfortably.
Oral appliances can also be used at the same time as a CPAP machine as “combination sleep therapy” to allow the pressure of the CPAP machine to be turned down to a manageable level that the patient can sleep with.
We can give you an idea of what your mouthguard will look like and how you wear it at night during your consultation. We can also show you how it works to help you sleep better.
How Will a Dental Sleep Device Help Me?
The oral appliance is made to hold your jaw in a position that opens up your airway. The blockage is removed naturally, and you can sleep without being choked awake during the night. Get your energy back with a new oral appliance for sleep apnea!
How to Find a Board Certified Sleep Apnea Doctor Near Me
Did you know our dentist can treat your sleep apnea? Our dental clinic offers general dentistry and sleep apnea treatments for patients in the Hillsboro, Beaverton, or Portland, OR, area.
Call Today for Your FREE Snoring and Sleep Apnea Consultation
Are you ready to sleep through the night again? Call 503-648-6671 today for your FREE consultation! We’re excited to meet you and help you feel better with Nightlase or an oral appliance for obstructive sleep apnea today!