Sleep Disordered Breathing


Not including breathing disorders, the normal person does not pay attention to their airway or breathing. You generally understand that breath is vital for life to supply oxygen to your body and organs but how do you know if your breathing is providing a sufficient amount of oxygen that is needed?

The rate and volume of breath plays a significant role on your body functions. When you breathe through your mouth, over-breathe, or take shallow breaths, the body does not oxygenate and provide proper blood flow to the heart and other vital organs and muscles, putting them at risk. Breathing correctly is extremely important to your health, yet research has shown that an estimated 30-40% of people mouth breath!

There are many “visible” symptoms associated with an obstructed airway that include:

  • Bet Wetting
  • Grinding teeth
  • Difficulties in School
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Snoring
  • Restless Sleep
  • Delayed/Stunted Growth
  • Nightmares
  • Low IQ
  • Chronic Allergies
  • Crowded/Crooked Teeth
  • Dark Circle under their eyes
  • Swollen Tonsils/Adenoids
  • Day time drowsiness

At Nexisom Sleep Wellness Centers, we focus on the airway and treating the underlying root cause of these symptoms. Establishing the airway with proper breathing and nasal hygiene allows us to treat the root cause first and he symptoms then resolve themselves.

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What is SDB?

A condition characterized by repeated episodes of hypopnea (underbreathing) and apnea (not breathing) during sleep. A significant proportion of adults are thought to experience sleep-disordered breathing.

An apnea is when a person stops breathing for 10 seconds or more during sleep then wakes up just enough to take a breath.

hypopnea is when a person doesn’t stop breathing, but the patient’s breathing becomes shallow (i.e., at least a 30% decrease in airflow) for 10 seconds or more, with an associated oxygen desaturation or arousal.

Either way you look at it, SDB disrupts the persons’s sleep pattern, night after night, which not only makes the patient tired and exhausted the next day, but may also put excessive strain on the patient’s nervous system and major organs.

What is the leading cause of SDB and OSA?

In 87% of cases the underlying cause is mid-facial hypoplasia and or mandibular retrognathia. (Underdeveloped upper and lower jaws)

Can it be corrected?

Nexisom offers a novel treatment protocol which utilizes natural processes to induce craniofacial development. By targeting the underlying cause, we may be able to resolve SDB and OSA.

Is SBD and OSA dangerous?

SDB including OSA are known to contribute to more than 30 comorbidities, which may be potentially serious. Here are some examples:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Opioid Addiction
  • Diabetes
  • Dementia
  • Cancer
  • Pre-Mature death

How does the treatment work?

Our 100% natural therapy includes the use of a biomimetic (mimics natural biological processes) oral appliance therapy. The treatment activates natural biological processes to induce changes over time. The treatment is well tolerated and in most cases is painless.


How is OSA diagnosed?

OSA is a potentially serious medical condition. You will need to perform an in home sleep study which we will have read by a board certified sleep physician.

Advanced CBCT Scan

Once we have a diagnosis, our clinical staff will perform a series of CBCT scans here in our office. These scan will help us determine if you are a candidate for the treatment.

Is the treatment covered by health insurance?

In most cases the treatment is covered in part or in full by health insurance.

How do I book an appointment?

It is easy to make an appointment for your initial examination Nexisom Sleep Wellness Centers. Book online, simply call 619-693-8332 or email us at and one of our friendly team members will be happy to assist you.

If you schedule an appointment and something comes up, please call and cancel 48 hours in advance so that we can accommodate other patient requests.

What can I expect my first visit?

Enter in the lobby and you will be greeted by our friendly staff who will get you set up and answer any questions you may have.

Your initial exam will take close to one hour. Nexisoms expert staff will ask you simple questions, get to know you better, and listen to your health concerns. We believe in educating patients and empowering them to make good choices to improve their overall health. Dr. Schaffer will complete your examination and make recommendations for proposed airway treatment.

What are your COVID-19 policies?

Our number one priority is to make sure our patients and team members stay healthy during the COVID crisis. In addition to our long history of being vigilant in sterilization and infection controls, we have added new measures to meet the social distancing and unique requirements due to COVID-19. You can read more on our COVID updates page or call our office with your questions any time.

Maintaining your oral health is key to your immune system function and overall health, so we want to do everything possible to make sure we help you stay on track. Only you can decide what is best for you and your family, but we will be here with the most stringent sterilization and infection control practices to ensure your health and safety when you are ready.