Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Dr. Shearer and Assiociates specialize in treatment of snoring and mild-to-moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) through use of various types of dental appliances. OSA occurs when the airway becomes blocked during sleep, disrupting rest and interfering with the flow of oxygen throughout the body. Left untreated, it increases your risk for serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Oral appliances are a common and cost-effective solution for OSA, and are covered by many medical plans.

We begin by screening to determine whether OSA is present, and its severity. If appropriate, models of the teeth are then made. The oral appliance is constructed using these models.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Common Physical Findings Common Signs & Symptoms
1. Enlarged Uvula 1. Snoring
2. Hyperplastic soft palate 2. Stop breathing at night
3. Nasal Congestion 3. Excessive daytime sleepiness
4. Nasal polyps 4. Morning Headache
5. Enlarged Tonsils 5. Nighttime gasping
6. Enlarged tonsils 6. Restless sleep
7. Small lower jaw 7. Insomnia
8. Receded chin 8. Nightmares
9. Neck size > 17" 9. Irritability
10. Overweight & Obese 10. Memory loss
  11. Decreased attention and concentration
  12. Performance Deficiencies
  13. Depression
  14. Shortness of breath
  15. GERD
  16. Nocturnia
  17. Impotence

Surgery address snoring and is not a cure for Sleep Apnea.