597 W Crossville Rd #100, Roswell, GA 30075 | 770.992.5858

Sleep Disordered Breathing

Breathe Easy with Our Sleep Disordered Breathing Solutions

Vlass and Merritt Dental Care in Roswell, GA, extends beyond traditional dental services to address Sleep Disordered Breathing with expertise. With over 30 years of caring for our community, we offer effective solutions to help you achieve a restful night’s sleep. Our dedicated approach to managing symptoms like snoring and sleep apnea ensures that every breath counts towards a healthier, more energetic you. Rediscover the benefits of sleep with our personalized treatments and start your days refreshed.

Specialized Treatment

Our practice is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and expertise to accurately assess and diagnose various sleep disorders, including sleep apnea. We work closely with sleep physicians to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs, which may include oral appliance therapy or other interventions to optimize your sleep health.

Customized Therapy

We specialize in providing customized oral appliance therapy as a comfortable and effective treatment option for sleep disordered breathing. These FDA-approved devices are designed to reposition the jaw and keep the airway open during sleep, reducing the frequency and severity of breathing disruptions and improving overall sleep quality for our patients.

Multidisciplinary Approach

At Vlass & Merritt Dental Care, we believe in a multidisciplinary approach to sleep wellness, collaborating with sleep physicians, pulmonologists, and other healthcare professionals to ensure comprehensive care for our patients. Our team is committed to addressing not only the symptoms but also the underlying causes of sleep disordered breathing, empowering you to achieve lasting improvements in your sleep health.

Discover Relief from Sleep Disordered Breathing

At Vlass & Merritt Dental Care, we recognize the importance of quality sleep for overall health and well-being. Our comprehensive approach to sleep disordered breathing addresses underlying issues such as sleep apnea, snoring, and related conditions, helping you achieve restful sleep and improved quality of life.

Sleep Disordered Breathing FAQ's

Sleep-disordered breathing refers to a spectrum of breathing abnormalities that occur during sleep, ranging from mild snoring to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is the most common form of SDB and involves repeated partial or complete blockage of the upper airway during sleep, leading to pauses in breathing and disrupted sleep patterns.

Symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing may include loud snoring, gasping or choking during sleep, daytime sleepiness or fatigue, morning headaches, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and observed episodes of breathing cessation witnessed by a bed partner. Individuals with OSA may also experience nocturnal symptoms such as frequent awakenings, restless sleep, or night sweats.

Risk factors for sleep-disordered breathing include obesity, age (particularly middle-aged and older adults), male gender, family history of sleep apnea, anatomical factors such as narrow airways or enlarged tonsils, smoking, alcohol consumption, nasal congestion, and certain medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, or heart disease.

Diagnosis of sleep-disordered breathing typically involves a comprehensive evaluation by a sleep specialist, including a detailed medical history, physical examination, and sleep study (polysomnography). During a sleep study, various parameters such as breathing patterns, oxygen levels, heart rate, and sleep stages are monitored to assess the presence and severity of breathing abnormalities.

Untreated sleep-disordered breathing, particularly obstructive sleep apnea, can have serious health consequences. It is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cognitive impairment, mood disorders, and motor vehicle accidents due to daytime sleepiness. Chronic sleep deprivation and disrupted sleep patterns can also affect overall quality of life and well-being.

Read Our 5-Star Ratings

We are new patients to the practice and have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Joseph Merritt. Dr. Merritt is currently treating my mom who is 90 years old and helping her with some aging gum and teeth issues. The technology that Dr. MERRITT has introduced us to has been absolutely incredible but with technology comes questions. Dr. MERRITT took the time to explain everything to us, step-by-step and answered each and every question. He took his time and made sure Mom understood what he was recommending and why. I was very impressed with his attention to detail and caring approach to each conversation. We just returned from our second visit and again can report another great experience and the communication with the practice has been excellent. Kim coordinated all the transfer of mom’s dental records within an hour, so our visits have been very thorough. Did I mention the amazing technology? It is worth repeating. I am so relieved my mom is in excellent hands and we will be returning to continue the treatments Dr. MERRITT has recommended.
Dr. Vlass is my dentist even though I drive 1.5 hours to his office. I trust his judgment and he does a terrific job with my teeth. As I am advanced in years, and he has had to deal with some sensitive conditions in my mouth with outstanding results. I highly recommend their practice.
Have you ever thought you would take the time to give a dentist a review...let alone 5 stars? Well, me neither, until now. My business is all about relationships, so I pay attention when someone else values and understands that relationships are everything too. Joey Merritt, not only gets it, he embraces it. His actions and professionalism forced me to leave a dental practice that my entire family was immensely happy with when one emergency issue was treated with immediate concern at the expense of his personal time. Prior to Joey meeting me in a bad moment, the only thing we knew about each other was that my wife played tennis with his mom. What I learned after that about him was more than enough to immediately come home and tell my family that we had a new friend and dentist for life. True story.
I LOVE Dr. Merritt! He's so kind and compassionate. He's an incredible dentist! His staff is also on the same level. I've been going there for years. I first saw Dr. Vlass, then Dr. Merritt when he joined the practice. I can't recommend them enough!!
I feel that the staff listens to my concerns when I call and they try to schedule me as soon as possible. When I am seen I am confident of their care of my teeth and dental concerns. The staff is very professional! I have been seen by Dr Vlass and Dr Merritt and both are very caring and exceptional dentists. This is an outstanding dental practice! I love my dentists!!

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Barry L. Vlass, DMD

Dr. Barry Vlass graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelors degree in biology in 1976. He then attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine located in Boston, Massachusetts where he obtained his doctorate in dental medicine (D.M.D.) in 1981.

He began practicing dentistry in Roswell in 1981. Dr. Vlass has enjoyed a successful career in dentistry due to his sincere commitment to continuing education and providing his patients with the latest technology in the field of dentistry.

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Joseph Merritt, DMD

Dr. Joseph Merritt grew up and currently resides in Roswell, Ga., and he is a proud alumnus of Roswell High School. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, he obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the University of Louisville, School of Dentistry.

The driving force of Dr. Merritt’s career is his calling to serve others locally and in communities with limited access to dental care. He has volunteered on multiple dental mission trips to Nicaragua and Jamaica. Dr. Merritt also volunteered at a Free Day of Dentistry several years in a row in Savannah, Ga., where he started his career in dentistry.

Dr. Merritt specializes in restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. He is also a certified Invisalign provider and extensively trained in dental implants.

Outside of the office, Dr. Merritt enjoys golfing, working out, playing cornhole, and spending time with family and friends — especially with his wife Kellie, daughter Lenny, and dog Lady. Anytime you want to talk about Georgia sports… he’s your guy!

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