Oral appliance therapy offers an effective, non-invasive treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea that can fit easily into your lifestyle!Learn More
The mission of The Northeast Ohio Center for Dental Sleep Medicine is to provide individuals who are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea with a more comfortable and less cumbersome alternative to CPAP machines. With customized oral appliance therapy, we can help you reduce serious risks to your health and attain a full, uninterrupted, truly restful sleep.
As opposed to a general dentistry practice that may offer a limited selection of therapies for sleep apnea, our practice is the only one of its kind in our area to completely focus on dental sleep medicine. The founder and director of our practice, Dr. Douglas Desatnik, has achieved the designation of Qualified Dentist by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, a distinction held by a relatively small group of dentists in this region. To be an AADSM Qualified Dentist, one must complete a significant amount of continuing education and demonstrate extensive knowledge and experience in the field of dental sleep medicine. Dr. Desatnik has worked diligently over the course of many years to attain a degree of competence, care, and skill that makes The Northeast Ohio Center for Dental Sleep Medicine stand out among other providers of dental appliances in the area.
Oral appliance therapy can be an effective treatment option for sleep apnea. With that in mind, it is very important for patients to know that not all providers are the same. Our practice is committed to offering patients a comprehensive selection of customized oral appliance options, adhering to established dental sleep medicine guidelines, working in close collaboration with your physician to formulate the best possible treatment plan, and providing you with a level of care and results that you may not be able to find anywhere else.Learn More
Dr. Desatnik is an American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Qualified Dentist. The AADSM only bestows this distinction on dentists who have proven to have attained extensive additional education and training in the field of dental sleep medicine.
The state of Ohio requires dentists to complete 40 hours of continuing education every two years. Dr. Desatnik goes well above and beyond the minimum standard, and has recently completed more than 100 hours of continuing education. Many of those hours were devoted to dental sleep medicine alone.
Oral appliance therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) offers patients a medical and practical alternative to the noisy, bulky drawbacks of a CPAP machine. These customized appliances resemble simple orthodontic retainers and can benefit patients who have been diagnosed with mild, moderate, or severe sleep apnea, primary snoring, and other sleep-disordered breathing conditions. They can also be used in co-therapy treatment protocols as an adjunct to PAP therapy or surgery.
The field of dental sleep medicine involves the treatment of diagnosed cases of sleep apnea or snoring. These very common conditions are typically characterized by airway obstructions during sleep. Options such as oral appliance therapy can work to prevent the tongue and soft oral tissues from narrowing the air passage and help patients attain a normal, healthy airflow while sleeping.
The team at The Northeast Ohio Center for Dental Sleep Medicine is committed to working collaboratively with physicians to create precise and effective treatment plans for patients. We make it a priority to develop positive relationships with both patients and doctors, and we are happy to accept referrals from physicians looking for qualified dental sleep medicine professionals who will take excellent care of their patients. Our team works with a number of specialist physicians, including somnologists (sleep physicians), otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat physicians), cardiologists, pulmonologists, psychologists, and primary care physicians. Doctors in all of these specialties have referred patients to us for oral appliance therapy. The collaborative efforts between our practice and other physicians ultimately form a true bridge between dental and medical care that can help to ensure each patient receives the best possible results.
Dr. Desatnik has devoted a large portion of his career to obtaining a level of clinical competency and skill in the field of dental sleep medicine that few others in our area can claim. He and his team of professionals are focused on one thing at our practice and one thing only: effective, non-invasive oral appliance solutions for sleep apnea.
Devoted to Oral Appliance Therapy as a CPAP Alternative
Oral appliance therapy eliminates bulky tubes, noisy machines, and uncomfortable face masks. Our customized appliances are designed to help you maintain a healthy flow of air through breathing passages without sacrificing a peaceful, refreshing night’s sleep.
Our oral appliance options afford you the opportunity of getting a full, healthy, restful sleep. This can greatly increase the chance that the effects of sleep apnea or the drawbacks of CPAP therapy do not prevent you from going about your day feeling energized and refreshed.
Untreated sleep apnea and non-compliance with treatment protocols can lead to serious, life-threatening risks to your health and even contribute to - or directly cause - death. It is incredibly important to understand that, without treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, mortality is a frighteningly real potential result. In fact, while the final reported cause of death is rarely directly attributed to OSA, the condition is often the underlying causative factor in a large number of people who die in their sleep. With oral appliance therapy, you can significantly reduce the risk that OSA poses to your health… and your life.