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What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

The National Institute of Health reports 12 million cases of diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). But a large percentage of cases go undiagnosed, making the number much higher. Conservative estimates project 7% of the US population, more than 42 million people, mostly adults, suffer from OSA.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when normal sleep breathing is interrupted by airway blockage. An airway blockage can happen when bands of relaxed soft tissue narrow or close the back of the throat during sleep. Snoring and/or awakening frequently during the night with a gasp for air is an indication of sleep apnea.

Some obvious problems associated with a sleep disorder like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) include poor general health, difficulty performing tasks at work, and other lifestyle compromises. What’s less obvious: When untreated, OSA can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, arrhythmia, stroke, and congestive heart failure), emotional problems such as depression, diabetes, and chronic headaches.

All About Edward Sall, MD, DDS, MBA | Obstructive Sleep Apnea Specialist

Dr. Edward T. Sall, MD, DDS, MBA

“Nothing is more satisfying to me than watching patients go from a life of feeling tired and worn down every waking moment, to energized and full of enthusiasm. And better yet, as a dentist and a surgeon who specializes in obstructive sleep apnea and sleep medicine, I’m amazed to see this happen 95%  of the time for patients who are fitted with some of the latest oral appliances – no CPAP, and, best of all,  no surgery.”

Dr Edward T Sall obtained a DDS from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery.  While at Columbia University he spent a year working in the Temporomandibular and Orofacial Pain Clinic under the direction of Dr. Joseph Marbach.

After dental school, he completed a GPR residency in Hospital Dentistry and joined his father in a private practice in general dentistry.

Due to his interest in facial pain and temporomandibular joint disorders he decided to return to medical school for additional training.  He attended SUNY Upstate Medical Center and received a MD in 1987, followed by a 5-year residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.

Since 1992, Dr. Sall has practiced in Syracuse, New York as an Otolaryngologist and Dentist with an emphasis in TMD, facial pain, general Otolaryngology, and the diagnosis and surgical treatment of sinonasal disorders and allergic rhinitis. In addition, he maintains an active practice in the surgical management of sleep disorders.

In 2000, Dr. Sall obtained a MBA from SUNY Binghamton with an emphasis in healthcare and healthcare policy. His business skills and training have lead him to numerous roles in health care and as a consultant to dental and medical companies in both otolaryngology and dentistry.

Dr. Sall became board certified In Sleep Medicine in 2012. Currently he is a consultant to the Upstate Medical Center Sleep Lab as well as the Crouse Irving Memorial Sleep Lab. Dr. Sall is the Medical Director for ProAct Health Solutions.

Dr. Sall maintains an active medical and surgical practice in sleep disordered breathing and has treated over 3500 patients with Oral Appliance Therapy.

In May, 2018 Prosomnus named Dr. Sall as Medical director. Read the Journal article.

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Diagnosis & Treatment

Patient Case Studies

Woman Avoids CPAP

Oral Appliance Stops Snoring

LG - 31 Year-Old Woman

“I love the appliance fitted by Dr. Sall! I am more rested overall and no longer snore. I did not want to use CPAP. I sleep through the night now and no longer wake up when my boyfriend comes in from work. I couldn’t be happier!”

Mild Sleep Apnea Fixed With Oral Appliance

CPAP Failed But Appliance Works

RR - A 63 Year-Old Man

“Another doctor prescribed CPAP for my mild sleep apnea. I was never given the option of an oral appliance.  The oral appliance fitted by Dr. Sall is easy to wear and has eliminated my apneas and snoring. I sleep better and I am less tired overall. I wish I had the oral appliance first!”

No More Falling Asleep At The Wheel

Oral Appliance Finally Done Right

JR - A 66 Year-Old Man

“In 1976 I fell asleep at the wheel and crossed the median and totaled my SUV. Ultimately, I was diagnosed with OSA and placed on CPAP and then BiPAP, but I was unable to tolerate either on a regular basis.  In 2002 I again fell asleep at the wheel because of my poorly treated OSA.  My sleep study with Dr. Sall showed moderate obstructive sleep apnea and he fit me with a Somnomed Oral Appliance, which has successfully treated my OSA. I wish I had this appliance years ago because it has changed my life!”

Oral Appliance Effective After CPAP Fails

65% Apnea Decrease

DF - A 44 Year-Old Woman

DF is a 44-year-old woman who received an oral appliance after failing CPAP.  She had a 65% reduction in her apneic episodes and wears the appliance every night.

Woman Dumps CPAP & Reduces Apnea 75%

Home Study Shows Results

KS - A 52 Year-Old Woman

KS is a 52-year-old woman who was unable to tolerate CPAP.  Her husband was wearing an oral appliance with great success.  “I have had an oral appliance for 7 months and I am more rested and only snore occasionally. I had a Home Sleep Study which showed my apneas were reduced by 75% and my oxygenation improved as well! I wish I tried the oral appliance sooner!”

Better Sleep Fuels Weight Loss

4 Years of Good Sleep & 30 Pounds Thinner

AB - A 41 Year-Old Woman

AB is a 41-year-old woman who has worn an oral appliance for 4 years and now has her second appliance.  “I no longer have sleep apnea when I am wearing the appliance.  It has changed my life, I have more energy, I am more rested and I have lost 30 lbs. since I have had my OSA treated by Dr. Sall.”