Doctor Rich is an experienced dentist who has received extensive training in the treatment of patients with obstructive sleep apnea. He is the owner of both Sleep Solutions Northwest and Simply Smiles in Auburn, Washington. A general dentist since 1987, he has in recent years been developing an ever-greater interest in utilizing oral appliances in the treatment of patients who suffer from snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Rich has had success with a variety of oral appliances, and selects the best one for each patient, dependent on what is likely to work best for that person’s particular situation. Oral appliances have proven successful in treating individuals with mild, moderate and even severe sleep apnea. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has recommended since 1996 that patients with the mild or moderate form of sleep apnea consider an oral appliance as a first line therapy. Those patients that have the severe form of sleep apnea, with an AHI of 30 or higher, should try to use the CPAP first. However, for those patients who are unwilling or unable to wear a CPAP, an oral appliance can provide significant improvement and, in some cases, even bring their AHI down to normal levels. For those patients who benefit from their CPAP but have problems with their masks or excessive pressures, he has the expertise to help them improve their CPAP experience with strapless nasal “pillows” that attach directly to a specially made oral appliance. This almost always allows lower CPAP pressures, improving the comfort significantly. Dr. Rich has developed a collaborative relationship with a number of area physicians who are sleep specialists, as well as several hospital-based sleep labs. He regularly receives requests from area physicians to assist in treating their patients with sleep apnea issues.
If you have snoring issues, suspect you have sleep apnea, or are unwilling or unable to wear your CPAP, give Sleep Solutions Northwest a call. Dr. Rich and his team are at your service to assist you.