Sleep Experiences

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“Several years ago, I was treated by Dr. Dexter after receiving a diagnosis of sleep apnea and got from him a therapeutic oral appliance. Immediately the appliance almost completely remedied my sleep problems and continues to serve me well. I rarely snore, almost never loudly, and I don’t gasp for breath. I sleep through the night and wake up refreshed. I dream vividly. Oral Appliance Therapy was easy to use from the start with almost no discomfort or difficulty. I use it every night. Elegant in its simplicity, the appliance is effective, easy to clean and maintain, and has earned my gratitude for restoring to good sleep—and also, I would add, benefiting my marriage and the sleep of my spouse.”


“I am a very satisfied user of a sleep appliance to treat sleep apnea (MAD mandibular advancement device). I am almost 70 and not particularly overweight. I have known for several years that I have sleep apnea. My wife first noticed that I was having periods when I would stop breathing briefly. I had been reading articles about the connection between sleep apnea and later life dementia, so I was concerned. I consulted a Sleep MD and did an overnight test that confirmed moderate sleep apnea. I was prescribed a CPAP. That first CPAP trial (paid by insurance) was a dismal failure. Over many months I couldn’t adjust. I tried many different nose and mouth devices. They bothered me, woke me up and felt claustrophobic. I felt the CPAP worsened my sleep. After several months my insurance considered the trial a failure and took back the device. I continued to be concerned about my apnea. So, I bought my own CPAP to try again. I was diligent but just could not adjust. Around that time, I happened to move to a new Dentist for insurance reasons and (thank God) my new dentist specialized in sleep appliances. It took me a while to decide to proceed with an appliance due to the cost, but now, a year later I’m very glad I did. There were a few weeks of adjustment to the new device, and my mouth was sore for a while. But my sleep improved immediately. I no longer have periods of apnea and my wife reports almost no snoring. I feel I’ve found a long-term solution to my apnea. The device is much more convenient to use than a CPAP. I can travel with this appliance in my toilet kit without having to drag around a CPAP machine.”


“Thank you and your staff for the professional care and teaching you extended to me on Oral Appliance Therapy. I cannot tell you how happy and satisfied my wife and I are with the device. Any doubts or worries I may have had especially considering the significant investment were quickly set to rest after the first night. I was a little concerned the first few hours (maybe three) because of the initial discomfort but that quickly receded thereafter to a solid night’s sleep. I no longer get a startled “wake up” feeling like I had stopped breathing. Plus, I now have the added bonus of morning awakening refreshed and I now breathe more deeply through the day. This has all been well worth the investment. I actually now look forward to a good nights sleep. It is also a benefit to not having to travel with a pump and headgear. To say I’m satisfied is overly conservative to say the least.”


“They’re awesome. I can’t say enough wonderful things about them. They fit me for an oral appliance for sleep apnea. Dr. Dexter is lovely, and fantastic at what he does. All of the staff are just so great.”