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What is Sleep Apnea Treatment?

The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is caused by the muscles of the airway blocking airflow. Sleep Apnea disrupts restful sleep, causing symptoms that include:

  • Daytime sleepiness & fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Depression and/or moodiness
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Lack of libido

and it can increase your risk of:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease (heart disease)
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Acid reflux
  • Other serious health problems

Harvard University has done extensive studies on the topic of sleep apnea. Please check out the Harvard Medical School Sleep Medicine Website for more educational information.

For information on the American Association of Dental Sleep Medicine’s Standards of Practice for treatment, click here.

We are lucky to have two experts in the field of dental sleep medicine at our practice, Dr. Douglas Phillips and Dr. James Hogg.

Dr. Douglas Phillips, who can help restore you to restful, sound sleep. Serving adults throughout Western North Carolina, he works closely with sleep medicine physicians and primary care doctors. As a member and Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Phillips is experienced in treating patients, who have heavy snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, with comfortable dental appliances worn at night.

His custom-made oral appliances gently reposition the lower jaw for a more open airway for breathing. Many people find these oral appliances to be more comfortable and just as effective as bulky, loud CPAP machines.

In 2010, Dr. James Hogg was awarded with American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) Diplomate status, designating him as a highly skilled dentist with the in-depth knowledge, skill, and ability to treat patients with sleep-disordered breathing. In Chicago, he practiced in a multi-location Dental Sleep Medicine practice and was the Dental Sleep Medicine Director for two of the five practices. In these offices, he trained Sleep Medicine Physicians from the University of Chicago and Northwestern University Medical Fellowship Program in Dental Sleep Medicine. He now enjoys relationships with many of the sleep professionals in the Asheville area.

Dr. Hogg has lectured nationally to Dentists, Sleep Physicians, Respiratory Technicians, and ENT’s (Otolaryngologists) on the subject of Dental Sleep Medicine. He has also lectured to the dental resident students at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, NC and at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. An active member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, he has served as the Chairman of the Educational Committee and the Essentials of Dental Sleep Medicine Course.

Your dentists in Asheville are here to help people from all of Western North Carolina and beyond get a better night’s sleep. New patients are always welcome.

Want to learn more about Sleep Apnea? Visit our FAQ’s page.

“I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. My doctor suggested either a CPAP machine or a mouthpiece. I was referred to Dr. Phillips by my regular dentist for a consultation regarding the mouthpiece device. What a wonderful experience it has been as Dr. Phillips and staff are so professional and caring. Since wearing my mouthpiece I have quit snoring and wake up feeling much more refreshed.” – H.C.