The only permanent solution to treat your sleep apnea or snoring

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Eliminate Snoring... Easy Non-Surgical Treatment!

Bonita Springs dentist, Dr. Gene Steele, provides treatment for sleep apnea and snoring using oral appliances, laser, and other non surgical alternatives to CPAP.

Our precision oral appliances have success rates better than inspire sleep implant and equal to or greater than CPAP.

Do you snore loudly, to the point where you need to sleep in a separate room from your partner? Do you ever wake up suddenly gasping for breath? Or wake up with a headache or a feeling of pressure in your head?

These could be signs of sleep apnea, a sleep disorder where breathing stops and starts repeatedly. This happens when your throat muscles relax excessively, blocking the airway in the process. It disrupts your sleep and affects your health in ways you cannot imagine. When your breathing pauses while you sleep, your body gets less oxygen. This can increase the risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and coronary artery disease, to name a few.

The majority of people with sleep apnea are either not aware of their condition or do not see it as serious enough to go to a doctor. At Sleep Treatment Direct, we are here to help you recognize sleep apnea symptoms and create a customized treatment plan to address their root cause.

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Sleep Apnea Alternatives to CPAP in Southwest Florida

Restless nights… Headaches… Sleep Deprivation?  You could be suffering from sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that affects millions of people in the US.  Obstructive sleep apnea can block your airway as you sleep causing you to stop breathing multiple times throughout the night.   This can leave you feeling tired, groggy and unproductive all day.  If you are suffering from sleep apnea or other sleep disorders, contact Sleep Treatment Direct and reclaim your restless nights.  Our doctors know how dangerous sleep apnea is and we are here to offer you alternatives to CPAP therapy.  At Sleep Treatment Direct, we have successfully helped many of our patients overcome obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliances and other alternatives to CPAP.  Contact our office today to schedule your appointment for a consultation.

How common is sleep apnea?

U.S. statistics :

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About 20 percent have obstructive sleep apnea

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This number goes to 50 Percent in those over are 50

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Before age 50 more males to females 7:1 ratio

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After age 50 it is 1:1

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About 90% of those people are undiagnosed. Even though more prevalent than diabetes or blood pressure medical field does not screen everyone for sleep apnea like they do for high blood pressure and diabetes

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Of the 10% diagnosed large percentage go
untreated

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You can be 100% asymptomatic and have no signs of sleep apnea

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Steps to Treating Your Snoring or Sleep Apnea

How It Works

Call our clinic at (239) 256-3463 or complete a form on our website to schedule an appointment. During this initial contact, we will ask for some basic details about your health and sleep concerns.

On your visit, we will examine your sleep apnea symptoms by understanding your sleep habits, medical history, and any specific issues you are experiencing. You will also undergo a 3D scan of your airway, so we can get a clear view of your airway structure. This will help us identify any physical factors contributing to your condition.

After the evaluation, you will be given an at-home sleep test kit. It is a convenient way to monitor your sleep patterns in the comfort of your own home. The device will record vital information while you sleep, such as your breathing, oxygen levels, and heart rate. This data helps us understand the severity of your sleep apnea and is critical for creating an effective treatment plan.

Once we have all the necessary data from your evaluation and sleep test, we will schedule a follow-up consultation to discuss your test results and your next steps. In addition to oral appliances, this can also include lifestyle changes for a more holistic approach.

Who Can We Help?

You

If you are experiencing any of the following signs, you must get tested for sleep apnea immediately. The sooner you get it treated, the quicker you can improve your sleep quality and nip the risk of potential health conditions in the bud.

  • Loud snoring
  • Interrupted breathing during sleep
  • Choking or gasping for air during sleep
  • Feeling tired even after 7-8 hours of sleep
  • Morning headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating during the day
  • Irritability and mood swings or depression
  • Decreased libido
  • Frequent need to urinate at night
  • Sore throat or dry mouth upon waking
  • High blood pressure
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain
  • Chest pain at night
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Memory problems
  • Decreased performance at work or school
  • Restlessness during sleep
  • Waking up frequently during the night
  • Feeling out of breath upon waking
  • Insomnia or difficulty staying asleep
  • Nocturnal reflux or heartburn
  • Waking up with a racing heart or panic attack

Your Partner

If your partner’s thunderous snoring and tossing-and-turning in bed is causing you both to feel tired during the day or it is affecting your intimacy, it is time to see a sleep apnea specialist. A lot of people feel self-conscious about their snoring, which can sometimes make them withdraw physically and emotionally from their partners, resulting in feelings of resentfulness over time. Do not let this be you.

People Who Have CPAP But Do Not Like It

CPAP machines are bulky, noisy, and just a lot of hassle to put on and off. Good news: there is another option. We provide oral appliances that are custom-fitted for each patient. These are way less intrusive and easier to manage, making your sleep experience more comfortable.

What Makes Us Different

At the heart of our practice, Dr. Gene Steele and our dedicated team are committed to transforming our patients’ lives. This drives everything we do.

Treating Sleep is Personal

Misdiagnosed with narcolepsy for over 15 years, Dr. Steele made it his mission to ensure accurate diagnoses for others. Beyond his clinic work at Sleep Treatment Direct, he dedicates time to educating physicians about CPAP alternatives and the critical need for thorough patient screening, given that 80% of sleep apnea cases remain undiagnosed.

Health Insurance & Medicare Support

We accept a wide range of medical health insurance plans to support our patients, including Medicare and Tricare. We also offer flexible payment plans for those with higher deductibles or no health insurance. Please contact us to see if your plan is covered.

A Team That Cares

Every staff member at Sleep Treatment Direct is deeply invested in the health and happiness of our patients. Whether you are struggling with snoring or sleep apnea, we will clearly explain all treatment options, ensuring you understand and feel at ease with your treatment plan. Our job is not done once you are fitted with the oral appliance; we follow up regularly to adjust the fit and observe how effectively it works.

Our dedicated team is committed to providing comprehensive care within our service area, ensuring patients are comfortable and well-informed about their treatment options.

Oral Appliance Therapy: A Comfort-First Approach to Treating Sleep Apnea and Snoring

For those diagnosed with sleep apnea, the common first-line treatment is CPAP therapy. Based on this, many find the CPAP mask uncomfortable and struggle to sleep with it. As a result, some delay seeking treatment for their condition, while others who start wearing the CPAP mask find it hard to continue. Studies show that 30-50% of CPAP users are dissatisfied with it, and many stop using it within the first few weeks.

Sleep Treatment Direct offers another science-backed, more convenient option: oral appliance therapy. We offer mandibular advancement and epigenetic appliances as a mask-free alternative for treating sleep apnea.

These devices are tailor-made for YOU to use during sleep; you simply need to put them on, much like a retainer or a mouthguard, and the device will do all the work. It slightly advances and holds your lower jaw forward, maintaining an open airway through the night. This prevents airway collapse and makes it easier to breathe uninterrupted while you are asleep.

Here are some of the benefits of these oral appliances:

  • No need to wear a big, clunky mask or equipment
  • Easy to wear and take off
  • Easy to clean
  • Compact and quiet design
  • Ideal for travelers due to its portability
  • Functions without power
  • You can talk and drink while wearing it
  • A better choice for people who are claustrophobic (compared to a CPAP mask)
  • Many of our patients report improvements almost immediately, within the first few nights of use

Find Relief From Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Book a no-cost consultation at Sleep Treatment Direct today. Not addressing sleep apnea can make it worse and wreak havoc on your quality of life. Each oral appliance we offer is certified by the FDA, accompanied by warranties, and customized to meet the unique needs of our patients.