Dr Ernest A. Rider, DDS

3535 Randolph Road #206R,

Charlotte, NC 28211

(704) 366-8936


Sleep Apnea & Snoring

Specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of upper airway obstruction in children and adults

Most people's answer about breathing is "If you are breathing, you are still alive." or "Either you are breathing or you are not." with no real concern about your method of breathing. Well, I am here to tell you that how you breathe not only affects your health and well being but how you breathe has a profound affect on the facial growth of young children and the successful results, long term, of orthodontic treatment. Our modern diet is a big contributing (allergic) factor affecting the nasal-pharyngeal tissues through which air must pass into the trachea and lungs.

At Rider Orthodontics, we consider nasalized breathing to be of such tremendous importance to the health and
well being of our patients that part of our diagnosis involves a rhinometric breathing test to assess nasal breathing capacity and an evaluation of intranasal anatomy and obstructive size of adenoids and tonsils as contributing obstructive factors. We further assess the size and shape of the upper and lower jaws and tongue posture as contributing elements if a mouth-open breathing pattern exists.

If indicated, the patient is referred to a well informed ENT physician for his/her assessment and treatment if indicated. A change in diet may be recommended to eliminate foods known to create nasal obstruction. Reconstructive orthopedic/orthodontics may be required to widen the upper jaw and nasal cavity but this will not be successful long-term if the child cannot breathe through their nose full time. Special lip and tongue exercises may be prescribed to strengthen the lip musculature and encourage nasalized breathing. Lip taping during sleep to force nasal breathing may be suggested after the obstructions have been removed. Follow-up breathing tests are conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment.

I have successfully treated hundreds of adults with upper airway problems associated with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (before and after sleep studies) over the last thirty years using the removable Herbst device. If you snore call my office for an assessment of your problem. How well you breathe through your nose is an important health issue throughout your life and I suggest you Google "mouth breathing" for a more thorough explanation of this most important and underrated health issue. Knowledge is power! You need answers.

Non-surgical treatment of snoring, and/or obstructive sleep apnea problems:

Snoring is NOT just a nuisance, it is a symptom of an obstructive upper airway disease and the fact it occurs while we sleep makes it even more serious. If you or someone in your family snores please understand that the body is trying to tell you something is wrong with your breathing system. For many people snoring is a precursor to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious health problem that kills thousands and thousands of people in the US every year. If you are overweight, smoke or drink heavily and have OSA, your days are numbered unless YOU wake up and deal with this problem NOW. Call my office and I will help you help yourself do what it takes to restore health and vitality to your life, allow you to return from the couch to your bed and add peace and quite to sleep pattern of your spouse.

I have provided non-surgical treatment for adults with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea problems since 1984 having successfully treated over six-hundred clients referred to me by our local sleep centers and ENT physicians. I am the most experienced and knowledgeable snoring and OSA dental health provider in the Charlotte area with published papers in the CMC news letter, Journal of Clinical Orthodontics and a chapter in Baylor University's Department of Orthodontics book "Orthodontics in The Twenty-First Century".

More importantly, my real mission in the area of snoring and OSA is to provide a specific orthodontic service for children to create a healthy dentofacial environment and health education designed to prevent snoring and OSA as they mature into adulthood.

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