A Convenient Alternative

  • No noise from machines or in-mask breathing
  • Easy to clean
  • Small and portable
  • Convenient for travel
  • No electricity required

  • Comfortable and easy to use
  • Reduce or prevent bruxism (grinding)
  • No hoses to get tangled in during sleep
  • No mask to cause skin irritations
  • No feelings of claustrophobia

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CPAP not working?

You’re not alone. Approximately 83% of CPAP patients quit or are inconsistent in their therapy.

When a patient cannot tolerate CPAP, they neglect to use it. This non-compliance is referred to as CPAP intolerance or CPAP failure.

CPAP failure is often caused by issues outside of your control:

  • Seasonal allergies or ongoing congestion
  • Nasal, sinus or upper palate issues (such as a deviated septum)
  • Skin irritation on face
  • Nasal irritation, dryness or bleeding
  • Claustrophobia or sensation of suffocation
  • Respiratory infections
  • Abdominal bloating & gas
  • Machine disturbs sleep (or partner’s sleep)

These and other issues make CPAP failure common for many obstructive sleep apnea sufferers.

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Hate traveling with CPAP?

Added Stress

Whether it’s for vacation or work, travel can be stressful. Traveling with a CPAP machine is an added inconvenience. The additional weight of the machine and getting through security checkpoints can make traveling with a CPAP frustrating.

Added Challenges

Plus, once you arrive at your destination you’ll need to find distilled or deionized water for your humidifier. Then hope there’s an electrical outlet close to your bed. And, if traveling internationally, you’ll need the correct adapter.

Added Failure

Traveling during inclement weather or to remote surroundings can lead to problems with power reliability. These scenarios require you to choose between carrying a back-up battery or going without your treatment. This also contributes to higher failure or non-compliance rates.

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What’s the process?

The process is simple. First, come in for a free consultation, together we’ll determine if this is the right option for you.  If it is, we’ll coordinate with your insurance company for coverage.

Second, we’ll custom fit your new oral appliance.

Third, you enjoy a good night’s rest.

Meet the Doctor

Brent A. Bradford, DDS

Dr. Brent A. Bradford welcomes you to Sleep Well Syracuse located in the North Medical Center in Liverpool, New York.

Dr. Bradford recently completed the continuing education requirements to earn the Qualified Dentist Designation from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). He is currently continuing his dental sleep education in the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Mastery Program. Upon completion, Dr. Bradford will be eligible for Diplomate status in the Academy.

Dr. Bradford particularly enjoys helping patients in the areas of aesthetic and restorative dentistry. His aesthetic work includes bleaching, bonding, and veneers. His restorative dentistry goes beyond crown and bridge work to include the innovative mini dental implants.

Some of his continuing education includes extensive training with Dr. Todd Shatkin, who patented the technique of placing a mini dental implant and crown in one visit. Dr. Bradford has completed a mini residency with Dr. Shatkin in Buffalo, New York, and has since been offering the revolutionary benefits of mini implant dentistry. These small implants can be immediately “loaded” with the crown or dentures, to offer an immediate solution to poorly fitting dentures or missing teeth.

Dr. Bradford has been in private practice since 2000, when he completed a general practice residency at the SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York. A 1998 graduate of Indiana University School of Dentistry, Dr. Bradford also holds a Master’s of Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern Indiana. He is a member of:

  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The American Dental Association
  • The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • The International Academy of Mini Dental Implants (founding member)
  • International Academy of Sleep
  • American Sleep & Breathing Academy
  • CEREC Doctors

Dr. Bradford and his wife Laura reside in Fayetteville with their two sons.

More About Dr. Bradford

More than 10 years of experience treating sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy.

Education:

  • SUNY Upstate General Practice Residency 1999
  • Indiana University School of Dentistry DDS 1998
  • University of Southern Indiana MBA 1992
  • University of Southern Indiana BS Management 1988

Continuing Education:

  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) Mastery Program (upon completion, eligible for Diplomate status)
  • AADSM Qualified Dentist
  • More than 100 hours in various sleep medicine courses

Membership:

  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)
  • International Academy of Sleep (IAOS)
  • American Sleep & Breathing Academy (ASBA)
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Common Questions

Regarding Sleep Apnea

If I snore, do I have sleep apnea?

Snoring frequently accompanies sleep apnea but it is not always an indicator of whether this sleep condition is present. However, snoring can indicate that bulky throat tissue could potentially obstruct airways – especially if patients have certain lifestyle factors that contribute to sleep apnea. Fortunately, the treatment we offer for sleep apnea and snoring is the same. By prescribing a custom oral appliance, the diameter of the airway can be widened to prevent the sounds of snoring as well as episodes of apnea. These oral appliances are soft and comfortable to wear. They work by positioning the lower jaw slightly forward so that the airway is no longer obstructed.

Is it possible that I have sleep apnea even if I don't snore?

Anyone of any age can have sleep apnea. Even though snoring can accompany sleep apnea, it is not always a symptom of this sleep disorder. For this reason, it is important to have a sleep study conducted to determine if apnea is occurring. Our practice provides take-home sleep study machinery to detect episodes of apnea during sleep. After usage, the device will be returned to our practice and we will analyze the data collected. If we find that sleep apnea is present or determine if snoring is obstructing one’s quality of life, we will provide treatment recommendations.

What causes sleep apnea?

The exact cause of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is different for each person. Anyone can develop it, regardless of age or gender. The most common risk factors include:

  • Being over age 40
  • Having a large neck (over 17 inches in men, 16 inches for women)
  • Being overweight – approximately half of OSA sufferers are overweight
  • Being male – more men than women suffer from OSA
  • Having a large tongue or small jaw
  • Enlarged tonsils and adenoids (particularly in children)
  • Using alcohol or sedatives which relax the muscles in the airway
  • Nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum or sinus and allergy problems

What is the difference between a CPAP and an oral appliance?

While CPAP is very effective in treating sleep apnea, many people cannot tolerate the discomfort of  the mask and the inconvenience and noise of the machine. Therefore a high percentage of users have difficulty or will not wear them.

An oral appliance is a popular alternative to the CPAP. This device is small, portable, fits more comfortably and can provide similar treatment benefits.

How do you confirm the effectiveness of the oral appliance?

You will have a follow-up sleep study while using your oral appliance to confirm the effectiveness of the device. A consultation with the sleep medicine physician will be necessary to interpret the results.

Does insurance cover sleep apnea treatment?

Because insurance plans vary widely, our experienced team will work with you to see if your insurance company will cover the oral appliance. If for any reason it isn’t covered, we will let you know and work with you to develop a financial plan if needed.

If coverage is available for oral appliances, it will come from your medical insurance carrier. Most dental insurance companies do not cover treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

Our patients tell us it is well worth the investment of their time and money to treat their sleep apnea because of the improved quality of life they experience.

What if I don’t have insurance?

We offer financing options and will work with you to find a solution that fits your needs.

How long will it take to adapt to the oral appliance? Will it hurt my teeth?

The majority of patients will adapt to the appliance within 5-10 days. It will take a few days to get used to having a device in your mouth while you sleep. The appliance will not hurt your teeth. If your teeth are sore after initial use, we can easily adjust it for your comfort.

How often will the appliance need to be replaced?

They are made of hard acrylic, which is very durable. They are typically replaced every 3-5 years depending on wear and tear. If you grind your teeth, you may have a more frequent rate of repair or replacement.

Will the appliance change my bite?

A change in your bite is possible. Depending on the position of your teeth and the status of your bone, your teeth may shift. This can be minimized with the use of a morning re-positioning device.

Are there any side effects of the appliance?

The most common side effect is morning muscle soreness that usually goes away after a short time. Some patients may experience either dry mouth or excessive salivation. As mentioned above, minor tooth movement occurs in some patients.

How long will I have to use the oral appliance?

Obstructive sleep apnea in unlikely to decrease with age; therefore your oral appliance will probably be a lifelong therapy. However, certain wellness factors such as significant weight loss may improve your symptoms.

Can’t I just order a boil and bite device off the internet?

While there are over-the-counter appliances you can order, keep in mind these are not FDA approved for treating sleep apnea. Additionally, when not fitted properly they may cause unwanted side effects such as jaw problems or excessive tooth movement.

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