Improving and Saving Lives Through Healthy Breathing

Improving and Saving Lives Through Healthy Breathing

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Suffering with poor sleep

Suffering with poor sleep?

Snoring has long been considered an inconvenience, but it has become increasingly clear that it can lead to major health problems. Snoring loudly is often a sign of sleep-disordered breathing. Sleep Apnea is a condition from which millions of men, women, and children suffer.

Sleep Apnea occurs when the tongue and soft tissue block the airway during sleep. It can contribute to a higher risk of a number of significant health problems, including:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Daytime Sleepiness
  • Memory Problems
  • Poor Concentration
  • Weight Gain
  • Gastric Reflux
  • Mood Swings
  • Severe Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Impotence

The Science Behind Dental Sleep Devices

The Science Behind Dental Sleep Devices

Opening the Airway with an Oral Device

If you have sleep apnea, your breath can become shallow, or you may even stop breathing while you sleep. This occurs when the airway is blocked by the tongue dropping back and closing the airway. In severe cases the state of not breathing can occur up to hundreds of times a night. A dental sleep device holds the lower jaw forward allowing the airway to remain open while sleeping.

Normal Breathing

Normal Breathing

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Diagram

Oral Device on Tooth

Dental Appliance or Oral Device improves breathing while you sleep

Dental Sleep Appliance Therapy Can Help

Dental Sleep Appliance Therapy Can Help

CPAP Intolerance

Our therapy may be life-saving and diminish other related medical conditions. Need a CPAP machine to breathe at night but find it uncomfortable? We can help.

Breathing Disorders

Mild to moderate sleep apnea, snoring, and various respiratory and restless sleep disorders often benefit from our treatments. See how sleep devices can make a difference by talking to our specialist.


Up to 15% of children have disordered breathing. We involve a team of healthcare professionals to help diagnose and treat this disease. Take this short questionnaire to see if your child could benefit from a sleep study.


Is snoring of you or your loved one keeping you up at night? Dental sleep appliances can help you get a good nights sleep so you can feel refreshed in the morning. Breathe easier and sleep better.

Finding Connor Deegan Video

Watch the “Finding Connor Deegan” to see how behavior concerns like ADHD and ODD may be connected to obstructed breathing while sleeping.

Dental Sleep Medicine Treatment

3D imaging for Dental Sleep Medicine Treatment
Dental Sleep Device

Dental Sleep Medicine Treatment


High technology imaging of the airway enables us to evaluate breathing obstructions and plan therapy.

Appliance Therapy:

Customized dental appliances are fabricated utilizing three-dimensional scanning of the teeth. These precision devices help position the jaw to open the obstructed airway and restore breathing.

Dr. Bruce Waterman DMD

Dr. Bruce Waterman DMD Lithia Dentist Apollo Beach

Dr. Bruce Waterman DMD

Dr. Waterman and his family grew up in the Brandon area where he practiced general dentistry and offered specialized sleep apnea care for many years. Dr. Waterman’s practice now focuses exclusively on Dental Sleep Medicine. This dedication ensures our patients will receive the best possible therapy options to help treat sleep apnea and related health issues.

As the former President of the Hillsborough County Dental Association, Dr. Waterman helped establish multiple charitable clinics and events within the Tampa Bay area. This dedication to the community and his profession has earned Dr. Waterman many honors and distinctions. In 2000, the Brandon Chamber of Commerce selected his practice as the Small Business of the Year. In 2001, the University of Florida College of Dentistry honored him as Alumni of The Year. Dr. Waterman was selected by his dental colleagues to the prestigious Top Dentists list from 2008 to 2016.

Client Testimonials

Client Testimonials

Sleeping Better. Snoring Stopped.

“I have the Dynaflex sleep appliance that was made for me by Dr. Watetman. He is very knowledgeable and professional. The appliance helps me sleep better and stop snoring. I feel more rested in the mornings and more alert throughout the day.”

Dental Device Made a World of Difference

“My husband told me that my snoring had gotten bad and he heard me stop breathing at night. Because of this I asked my primary care physician if he thought I needed a sleep study.  He said no, but to try nose strips or to sleep in another room if my snoring bothered my husband.  I was not satisfied. A few weeks later at my dental appointment at Dr. Waterman’s office, I answered the sleep screening questions. Based on the results, Dr. Waterman suggested a sleep study.  The home sleep study was very easy to do, and I was appreciative that Dr. Waterman and his staff took care of the communications between my primary provider and my insurance company so that insurance would pay for the testing.  The sleep study showed that I had mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.  I chose the mouth piece for treatment because it seemed less intrusive than CPAP.  The very next day after the first time I wore the mouthpiece I felt great.  I had not realized how badly I had been feeling for quite a while.  I felt like a fog was lifted.  I drove to work and was pleasantly surprised that I wasn’t drowsy and I didn’t feel the need to close my eyes at red lights!  In addition, my headaches decreased dramatically.  Before treatment I had a headache almost every day. Now I rarely have a headache.  Thank you, Dr. Waterman.  Your diagnosis and treatment of my sleep apnea made a world of difference in my daily life! (And I don’t disturb my husband during the night any longer because my snoring is significantly decreased!)”



Is a dental device comfortable?

Most people easily adjust to wearing a dental sleep device at night. After a short period of wearing the device it becomes part of your routine. In fact, most Dental Sleep Pros clients hate to go to sleep without it after experiencing how much better they feel during the day. Compliance rates for dental sleep therapy are much higher than other forms of non-surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea such as the CPAP machine. This means that patients are more likely to use a dental device successfully than any other form of treatment.

Scientific studies show that up to 95% of individuals comfortably wear their devices nightly. Once patients experience higher quality sleep and improved health associated with use of a dental device, it is rare for someone to stop using it.

Do I need a Sleep Test? What is involved?

To properly diagnose Obstructuve Sleep Apnea (OSA) or other forms of sleep disordered breathing a sleep test is necessary. Sleep tests uses sensors placed on the body to measure breathing functions including breathing, blood oxygen saturation, respiratory effort, body position, and brain activity.

Traditionally sleep tests have been conducted by an attended study in a sleep facility. These attended studies are called Polysomnographs (PSG) and have been used for many years for the diagnosis of sleep disorder breathing, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and other sleeping disorders.

Polysomnograph (PSG)

The advantage to a Polysomnograph (PSG) test is that it usually measures many different bodily systems (such as EEG for brain activity), and often measures more unique body signals than Home Sleep Testing (HST). These additional measurements may give physicians more information to help with diagnosis. Since these tests are constantly monitored by technicians, if there is equipment malfunction during the night, such as a sensor coming loose, it can be addressed immediately without having to repeat the test. Also, if CPAP is used during the PSG it can be applied and adjusted by the technicians while the patient is sleeping.

The disadvantages to the Polysomnograph (PSG) are convenience, costs, access to care, and quality of sleep during the test. You must travel to a sleep lab to have the sleep test, and the test is often very expensive.  It is obviously more desirable and easier to have a sleep test completed in the comfort of your own home. Patients are also less likely to have a typical night’s sleep in a sleep lab (compared to sleeping in your own home). PSG testing can be expensive, whether or not you have medical insurance.

Home Sleep Test (HST)

In 2009 the American Academy of Sleep Medicine approved home testing for the diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Most of our patients choose the Home Sleep Testing (HST) due to the convenience and affordability. You follow simple instructions to attach and wear the device overnight in the comfort of your own home. After returning the device a board certified sleep specialist will interpret the 4 channels of information to provide the results and give a diagnosis.

Home Sleep Tests measure fewer channels than a full PSG, which could potentially result in less accurate diagnosis. Furthermore, CPAP adjustment is not possible with home sleep testing unless an Auto-PAP device is utilized. If the home sleep device is not properly placed on the patient, or if it comes off during sleep, then the test may have to be repeated.

Dental Sleep Pros partners with local sleep testing providers to give you the best options in evaluating your sleep. Dr. Waterman will help you decide what type of sleep testing is right for you and your unique situation.

What is a Sleep Dental Device? How does it help me sleep?

Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD) are the most common type of FDA approved dental sleep device. They are also sometimes called oral appliances or simply dental devices. Mandibular advancement devices open the airway by moving the lower jaw forward. The sleep dental device improves and strengthens the rigidity of the airway by increasing muscle activity of the tongue and other muscles of the airway allowing air to flow from your mouth to your lungs. A dental sleep device looks similar to a sports mouth guard and can be comfortably worn in the mouth during sleep. Dental devices help prevent snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Most people find these devices much more comfortable than CPAP (the other primary treatment for OSA and snoring) and far less invasive.

Is there an alternative to a CPAP machine?

A CPAP is a great tool to help you breathe during sleep and is an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep breathing disorders. For some people who are CPAP intolerant wearing a CPAP is too uncomfortable or noisy to be a long term solutions.
A partial list of the most common patient complaints from CPAP:

  • Mask leaks
  • An inability to get the mask to fit properly
  • Discomfort or interrupted sleep caused by the presence of the device
  • Noise from the device disturbing sleep or bed partner’s sleep
  • CPAP restricted movements during sleep
  • CPAP does not seem to be effective
  • Pressure on the upper lip causes tooth related problems
  • Latex allergy
  • Claustrophobic associations
  • An unconscious need to remove the CPAP apparatus at night

These patient concerns about CPAP therapy are very real and often difficult, if not impossible, to overcome.
If you’ve tried everything and hate your CPAP machine a dental sleep device from Dental Sleep Pros may be the solution to breathe better at night without some of the side effects of CPAP therapy.

Call 813-642-6612 to see if a dental sleep device is right for you

Is dental device therapy covered by my medical insurance?

In many situations the cost of dental sleep therapy is covered or supplemented by medical insurance (not dental insurance). Dental Sleep Pros will submit the paperwork to help you obtain your maximum medical benefits. By minimizing cost and maximizing patient benefit you will be able to sleep better while saving money.


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