Sleep Apnea Treatment in the Lowcountry


Dr. Mastrorocco and Dr. Cervone are now treating sleep apnea using advanced medical and dental technology in the Lowcountry. Dr. Mastrorocco is excited to continue his work in the dental industry with the use of oral sleep appliances used to treat sleep apnea. Dr. Cervone brings a wealth of knowledge surrounding cosmetic dentistry through nineteen years of experience practicing dentistry in Hilton Head.


Symptoms and Diagnosis of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing stops and starts while someone is asleep. It can cause numerous complications such as daytime fatigue, high blood pressure, heart problems, and liver problems. Some of the symptoms of sleep apnea are loud snoring, gasping for air during sleep, awakening with a dry mouth, morning headache, and difficulty staying asleep. Various risk factors for sleep apnea include age over 40, obesity, allergies, sinus problems, and a large neck or small jaw bone.


Early Diagnosis

Sleep apnea is typically diagnosed through an overnight sleep study in which a patient is monitored for signs of breathing stoppage while they sleep in a controlled environment. To be diagnosed with sleep apnea, the patient has to have a stoppage of breathing more than five times in one hour. Obstructive sleep apnea is seen in anywhere from 1 to 6 percent of adults and 2 percent of children, affecting males twice as often as females.


“I highly recommend it.”

“For me, the 'snore guard device' really works and I highly recommend it. Dr. Mastrorocco made me one in March 2012 and again in 2018. I still use it every night. It is very easy to insert. It is unbelievable how comfortable and convenient it is. If I don’t use it, I wake up very soon after falling asleep, choking. My snoring used to prevent my wife from falling asleep - so she loves it, too!”

– Dave M., Hilton Head, SC


Sleep Apnea Treatment

Typically, sleep apnea is treated using Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, also referred to as CPAP. Patients using CPAP wear a face or nasal mask while they sleep. This method works by connecting the mask to a pump and using air pressure to keep the nasal passageways open during sleep. While effective, these bulky machines make sleep difficult, defeating the purpose of the device altogether. For years, this was the only treatment for sleep apnea, but with the advancement of oral sleep appliances, there is a new and better way to treat sleep apnea.


SomnoDent Devices

Dr. Cervone and Dr. Mastrorocco are utilizing a new medical advancement to treat sleep apnea known as oral sleep appliances. Oral sleep appliances, such as the SomnoDent device being used are custom-made devices for patients that fit snugly over the teeth. Oral sleep appliances work to keep the airway open and unobstructed so that patients can breathe freely and sleep soundly. These devices are smaller, less bulky, and more comfortable than traditional CPAP devices.

While wearing the SomnoDent appliance, patients will be able to fully open and close their mouth, yawn, drink, take oral medication, and even speak clearly. All of these things are impossible with other sleep apnea treatments. The use of oral sleep appliances to treat sleep apnea is ideal for patients who feel claustrophobic using a CPAP device.


“I love helping to relieve my patients' snoring and sleep apnea problems.”

“These custom-made oral appliances protrude the mandible (lower jaw) to open the airway while you sleep. They have become really popular because the comfort of the device has improved dramatically over the last several years.” – Matthew Mastrorocco, D.M.D.


Caring About Your Comfort

This method of treatment is also easily adjustable with unlimited protrusive advancement, meaning patients can advance their lower jaw as forward as possible when wearing the device. Furthermore, the SomnoDent appliance is highly adaptable to fit any patient. For patients with missing teeth, crowns, and bridge work, the SomnoDent can be molded to fit any mouth structure. They can even fit patients who wear a full upper denture.

For patients who experience trouble or discomfort with the CPAP devices, the SomnoDent appliance provides a comfortable and effective solution for treating sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be a dangerous and scary condition to live with, but with the new SomnoDent appliance people can manage their sleep apnea easier than ever before.


Next Steps

We are happy to begin offering the SomnoDent oral appliance for those suffering from sleep apnea in the Hilton Head and surrounding Lowcountry areas. Call us today at (843) 682-4601 or click to make an appointment for a consultation, and take the first step to better managing your sleep apnea.

Mike Tucker