There are many treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but Dr. Wilk specializes in oral appliance therapy. Oral appliances are a great alternative for those who are intolerant to CPAP machines and they can treat mild to severe sleep apnea.
Dr. Steven Wilk is a three-time board certified D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) based in Denver, CO. He is known for his use of oral appliance therapy to effectively treat sleep apnea and snoring as an alternative to CPAP. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University, he attended…Meet the doctor
Although a CPAP machine is the most common treatment for sleep apnea, some patients are bothered by the bulky machine and headgear. The CPAP can also be noisy, both for themself and their partner. That’s why oral appliance therapy can be a great option. These small retainers are an easy-to-use, effective solution for sleep apnea.
The most common appliance is the mandibular repositioning device (MAD) which moves your jaw forward to keep your airway open. By moving the jaw forward, tissues are less likely to collapse and block the airway.
This is another type of oral appliance that holds your tongue in place while you sleep. Placed on the lips or teeth, the device will gently pull your tongue forward and away from the back of your throat where it may cause airway restriction. This is a better option for people who wear dentures since it will not pull the jaw forward.
Oral appliances are custom-made to comfortably fit your mouth, which will maximize their effectiveness since it is not uncomfortable to wear. These FDA-approved appliances are also easily portable, and you can even drink and talk while wearing them. Unlike electrical CPAP machines, they do not require any ongoing costs or upkeep and are silent, providing you and your partner some much-needed relief. Most patients will get used to the feeling of their device within a few days or weeks and can expect results within that time.
I was completely satisfied with the professionalism and work of Dr. Wilk and his staff. My husband is very happy that I no longer wake and worry him with my sleep apnea. The appliance Dr. Wilk recommended works very well, even after a year of nightly use. I just had my first annual checkup and the appliance still fits perfectly and is in excellent condition.
I was using a CPAP machine( which was very cumbersome ), until I visited Dr. Wilk two years ago, he fit me with a mouth appliance to substitute the CPAP machine. I was very skeptical at the beginning but it worked great with no discomfort, now I sleep and feel better, and when I travel I just take a small mouth guard case, so much more convenient. I highly recommend Dr. Wilk for his services, he and his staff are very professional and also very nice.
Dr. Wilk and his staff are very professional and “cutting edge” in their field. My examination was more thorough than any I had had before, and the care I received was excellent. In addition to regular dental work, I had veneers done. They have changed my smile, whitened my teeth, and greatly improved my self-confidence. I would recommend this practice to anyone looking for exceptional dental care.
If your sleep apnea is the result of other health conditions, such as TMJ, orofacial pain, or obesity, treating these disorders first may simultaneously resolve your sleep apnea. We can refer you to a number of excellent doctors who specialize in weight loss surgery or pain management.