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Sleep Well Dentistry

All that is good begins with a Good Night Sleep!

Millions of Americans suffer daily from fatigue due to Obstructive Sleep Apnea and other sleep-related breathing disorders. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) causes normal breathing to be disrupted during sleep which results in serious concerns such as poor sleep quality, cardiovascular disorders, cognitive problems, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Dr. Erik Wipf is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) and is dedicated to facilitating treatment with oral appliance therapy for those patients suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. In collaborating with local board certified sleep physicians, we can aid in Sleep Apnea therapy by offering additional treatment options to the traditional CPAP machine and surgeries. Dentists can play a significant role in both diagnosed and undiagnosed Sleep Apnea patients as we regularly examine the oral structures and tissues of the upper airway. Please visit Dr. Erik's Sleep Well Dentistry website for more information.

Sleep Well Dentistry Can Help With:

  • Sleep Apnea Appliances
  • Snoring
  • Sleep Deprivation


Sleep Apnea Appliances

People who suffer from Sleep Apnea will completely stop breathing while they sleep, sometimes hundreds of times in a single night. Typically due to an obstruction in the airway, this momentary cessation of breathing causes a severe reduction in airflow to the lungs which over time can lead to serious medical complications.

In order to prevent the airway from becoming obstructed, Dr. Wipf offer Sleep Apnea appliances. These specially designed mouth pieces separate and push the jaws forward slightly, adjusting the position of the jaw enough to open the airway and prevent Sleep Apnea from occurring.


Snoring is one of the cardinal signs of Sleep Apnea. In fact, nearly 50% of people who snore loudly suffer from obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a condition that arises when the entire airway becomes blocked that causes a pause in breathing and a decrease in oxygen to the lungs. This decrease in oxygen levels affects the blood as it reaches vital structures like the heart and brain, which if left untreated over time can lead to an increase risk of hypertension, stroke, heart attack and diabetes.

To prevent snoring, Dr. Wipf offers oral appliance therapy, or “snore guards,” which can significantly reduce snoring and increase airflow to the lungs during sleep.

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation affects people far more than leaving them with a feeling of lethargy throughout the day. Without enough sleep, the body is unable to refresh its bio-mechanical systems support the immune system, memory and physical well-being. If you suffer from sleep deprivation, Dr. Wipf and the team at Sleep Well Dentistry can help you get the rest you need without the need for those loud and uncomfortable CPAP machines.

For more information, visit our website below or call (805) 569-0716.

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