Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea, a sleep disorder characterized by breathing stopping and starting during sleep, is a medical condition many people experience.

There are many different side effects and symptoms, some of which include:

  • Snoring
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • And more

At Dressler Orthodontics, we offer two different types of sleep apnea devices, O2Vent™ and snore guards.

What is O2Vent?

Dressler Orthodontics is proud to offer O2Vent, which is an oral device that can help treat sleep apnea. In the past, a patient dealing with sleep apnea who had nasal obstruction would not be recommended for oral devices, and instead prescribed CPAP. This restriction was due to the natural reaction of the patient’s body to mouth breathe if they cannot breathe through their nose. If the patient was using an oral device, the patient might face a limited capacity to breathe because of the obstruction of both the nose and the mouth.

However, the team behind O2Vent has developed an oral device, the O2Vent Optima, that can be used by patients with nasal obstruction. The O2Vent airway channel, incorporated into the device, enables unobstructed air to flow through the device to the back of the throat, bypassing common sites of obstruction such as the nose, tongue, and soft palate.

The O2Vent Optima device is pictured below.

Below is an example of the way O2Vent helps to open the patient’s airway.


Who will benefit from O2Vent Optima?

  • Patients who snore
  • Patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea.
  • Patients with nasal congestion or a blocked nose that mouth breathe during sleep
  • Patients who cannot tolerate or desire an alternative to CPAP and who seek the advice of a medical provider, which can result in a prescription for the O2Vent Optima

What is a snore guard?

The snore guard orthodontic appliance is a removable appliance used to maintain the potency of the pharyngeal airway. The oral appliance can be used to treat obstructive sleep apnea by repositioning the mandible and tongue forward, thereby, opening the upper airway. This appliance is also very effective in treating snoring. The appliance is a low cost, non-invasive, and is easy to wear.

The appliance will be fitted at our office because it requires specialized fitting performed by an orthodontist.

Sleep Apnea Care

Dr. Dressler does not diagnose obstructive sleep apnea and only examines the patient after diagnosis and referral have been made from the medical doctor. At the initial visit, Dr. Dressler will discuss in detail how and why the appliance works. He will also discuss possible complications with the treatment and answer any questions regarding this treatment. The initial visit will take approximately 30 minutes.