What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when the airway becomes partially or completely blocked during sleep, cutting off the supply of oxygen and disrupting the sleep cycle.

Sleep apnea and sleep breathing issues affect millions of Americans every year, many going undiagnosed and simply suffering the effects of poor sleep. More often than not, those who are diagnosed frequently make use of the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine.

This cumbersome CPAP machine is connected to a mask that must be worn during sleep, but can come with a number of disadvantages including:

  • Dry mouth and/or throat
  • Difficultly sleeping due to loud machine noise
  • Discomfort, skin irritation or rashes
  • Inconvenient
  • Maintenance issues

These many disadvantages are the main cause for people resisting sleep apnea treatment. The good news is that we can provide an easier solution for you and your sleep breathing problems.


There are a number of symptoms that can be associated with sleep apnea and sleep breathing disorders. These include the loss of sleep, excessive daytime fatigue, weight gain and a lack of focus in combination with loud snoring.

There are also more severe effects that sleep apnea may have including; increased risk of heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. If you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea or suffer from these symptoms, we recommend that you contact us immediately.

Dr. Sam Guarnieri

At Pittsford Dental Excellence Center, we are proud to offer services for sleep apnea. Dr. Sam Guarnieri is not only highly trained, but he is also a clinical instructor at the Kois Center member. The Kois Center is the only continuing education program in the country that conducts and publishes independent research. Every course is updated each year based on new scientific evidence. This self-funded learning center does not accept sponsorship funding and is therefore not swayed by the agenda or message of sponsors. The Kois Center is responsible for creating a new dental standard, meaning that Dr. Guarnieri is one of the world’s best.

Oral appliance therapy

Pittsford Dental Excellence Center uses oral appliance therapy to treat your sleep apnea and other sleep breathing disorders. As a much more convenient option to the CPAP machine, this appliance that looks similar to an athletic mouth guard helps to prevent the breathing obstructions that occur during sleep by keeping your jaw in a forward position. This position will help to maintain an open airway and facilitate optimal airflow throughout sleep. Although many stores do sell oral appliances, they don’t match the higher quality of those prescribed by Pittsford Dental Excellence Center. Moreover, these appliances are custom made to fit the mouth of the individual patient, ensuring maximum comfort and effectiveness.

What to expect

At your appointment, Dr. Guarnieri will assess your condition by first asking a series of questions and then examining your mouth, jaw and teeth. An airway evaluation will also be included as it is considered one of the best ways to determine if someone suffers from a sleep breathing disorder.

A lack of quality sleep can have a negative impact on your health and lifestyle. Some further side-effects that can accompany poor sleep include:

  • Concentration problems
  • Cognitive decline leading to memory loss
  • Irritability
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Poor judgment
  • Lowered sex drive and/or impotence
  • Weight gain
  • Depression

Many people battle with sleep due to a chaotic lifestyle but for others, it may stem from an undiagnosed sleep breathing disorder. If sleep apnea is the cause, then it is vital to know that the problem will not resolve on its own. Dr. Guarnieri has the special expertise and training to help treat sleep breathing disorders, so contact our office in Pittsford, NY, today at (585) 248-2575 to schedule a consultation today. You deserve the happier and healthier life that comes with getting the proper amount of quality sleep.

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