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Sleep Apnea Viera, FL

At Smile Viera in Viera, FL., Drs. Roppa and Marshall-Roppa are dedicated to helping you maintain not only your dental health, but your best overall quality of life.

In addition to providing comprehensive, personalized dental care for all of your oral health needs, we work with patients to diagnose and treat common sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

OSA can present many health risks as well as debilitating symptoms that affect daily life- in addition to keeping everyone awake at night with loud snoring. Effective treatment will restore your quality of sleep- and reduce your risk of the cardiovascular and systemic diseases that are often made worse by sleep apnea.

Are You At Risk for Sleep Apnea?

Common risk factors for OSA include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Being a smoker
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having a large neck circumference
  • Chronic nasal congestion

Schedule A Consultation

If you or a loved one is suffering with any of the common signs of a sleep disorder, schedule a visit to Smile Viera. Dr. Roppa or Dr. Marshall-Roppa will evaluate your oral health and discuss risk factors and lifestyle habits, working with you to determine if you have a sleep disorder.

Call our Viera dentist office at {new_patient_phone] or schedule an appointment online.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

sleep apnea treatment viera flObstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs when the soft tissues at the back of the throat collapse, blocking the natural airway and causing a person to momentarily stop breathing normally.

Breathing is recovered with a loud gasp or snore as the airway is cleared, but this occurs repeatedly during sleep and can deprive the brain of oxygen for several seconds- or even minutes.

Patients with OSA experience a wide range of symptoms and health risks due to poor sleep and the affect that repeated lapses in breathing can have on the body. For patients already trying to manage cardiovascular or systemic disease, the presence of OSA can increase the severity of these health concerns as well as make them more difficult to manage.

Common Signs of OSA

Understanding and recognizing the common signs of sleep apnea is important for seeking treatment that will improve your overall health:

  • Feeling groggy or sleepy during the day
  • Dry mouth in the morning
  • Snoring
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restless sleep, sudden waking


For patients with mild symptoms who are also generally healthy, lifestyle changes may be sufficient to reduce the symptoms of OSA and restore better sleep. These can include weight loss, cessation of smoking or addressing stress factors.

The CPAP is considered the “gold standard” of treatment for OSA, but the discomfort and inconvenience associated with the machine often leads to non compliance among patients. This can lead to a resurgence of symptoms and health risks.

Dr. Roppa offers effective oral appliance therapy to treat sleep apnea in patients with mild to moderate OSA. Oral appliance therapy uses a comfortable, custom fit mouthguard that will reposition the jaw to avoid the collapse of soft tissue at the back of the throat that is characteristic of OSA.

Oral appliance therapy is usually well tolerated by most patients and offers key benefits that significantly improve compliance:

  • Patients can drink fluids and speak clearly while wearing the appliance
  • Portability- your appliance fits into a small plastic case for travel
  • More comfortable when sleeping than the CPAP machine, allowing freedom of movement while asleep