Improving health: Valparaiso dentist offers better night’s sleep

By: Sleep Airway Solutions Last Updated: December 4, 2019

American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Member Dr.Michael J. Uzelac treats sleep apnea, snoring

Local dentist Dr. Michael J. Uzelac is also helping Valparaiso residents get a more restful night’s sleep. Dr.Uzelac of Sleep Airway Solutions is an American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) member. AADSM is the leading national organization for dentists who treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy, an effective alternative treatment to the standard continue positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine.   

“Sleeping with a CPAP machine, which includes a face mask, tubing, and a constantly running motor, can be difficult, and many Valparaiso residents are unaware that an effective – and comfortable – alternative treatment is available,” said Dr. Uzelac.  “I’m committed to using my knowledge of dental sleep medicine to help treat my patient’s snoring and sleep apnea, and provide Valparaiso residents with a better night’s rest.”

While CPAP is the standard treatment for sleep apnea, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine estimates up to 50 percent of sleep apnea patients do not comply with or tolerate CPAP. In contrast to a CPAP machine, oral appliances are a mouth guard-like device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway. Patients like oral appliance therapy because it is comfortable, easy to wear, quiet, portable, and easy to care for.

“Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option that offers a higher rate of patient compliance than CPAP,” said Dr. Uzelac. “I work with my patients, and their sleep physicians, to identify the right oral appliance device, custom fit devices to each patient and make any needed adjustments to ensure an open airway and a more restful sleep.”

About Dr. Michael J. Uzelac

Dr. Uzelac is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Uzelac has been providing professional general & sleep dentistry care to Valparaiso, IN since 1982.

Sleep Airway Solutions is located at 850 Marsh St., Suite A Valparaiso, IN 46385. Patients with loud snoring and diagnosed sleep apnea sufferers with difficulty tolerating CPAP should contact Dr. Uzelac at (219) 286-6461 to schedule a consultation appointment. Dr. Uzelac works closely with sleep physicians to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. 

About The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) is the only non-profit national professional society dedicated exclusively to the practice of dental sleep medicine. The AADSM provides educational resources for dentists and promotes the use of oral appliance therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing. Established in 1991, the AADSM has nearly 3,000 member dentists worldwide. Visit or call the national office at (630) 737-9705 for more information.