For patients with obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Ferrara provides an oral sleep appliance therapy as an effective alternative to the standard Continue Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. In contrast to a CPAP machine, oral appliances are a mouth guard-like device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway. Many patients prefer oral appliance therapy because it is comfortable, easy to wear, quiet, portable and easy to care for. Dr. Ferrara works with her patients, and their sleep physicians, to identify the right oral therapy, select a customized appliance for each patient and makes any needed adjustments to ensure an open airway for more restful sleep.
Dr. Ferrara also works closely with her TMD patients to rehabilitate the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) by providing therapeutic oral appliances. These orthotics/splints are worn either day or night or a combination of the two. These appliances work to correctly align the upper and lower jaw bones and joints allowing the TMJ to function in a balanced neuromuscular state.
Through Dr. Ferrara’s education and experience she has seen an increased correlation between sleep apnea and TMD. Therefore, Dr. Ferrara has implemented a comprehensive screening process for all patients referred to her. With Dr. Ferrara’s achievements, we are pleased to be able to expand our practice and further assist our patients to obtain optimal health.
Dr. Ferrara is a Medicare provider for oral sleep appliances and an in-network provider for several commercial insurances.