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Dexter, Mi 48130

Treatment of Sleep Apnea

Our customized oral appliances fit over the teeth just like an athletic mouth guard they keep the airway open by stabilizing the lower jaw in a slightly forward position, meaning the airway doesn’t close or collapse. As a result, you are able to sleep and breathe restfully night after night, giving you the energy to take on the day.

Many patients diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea are prescribed CPAP therapy by their physicians.

While CPAP has been proven to be very effective, some patients find sleeping with a CPAP machine very difficult. Recent data suggests that nearly 50% of patients prescribed CPAP treatment have
abandoned using it during the first 12 months.

Fortunately, if you have mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), you may have another alternative – Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT).

At Design 4 Sleep, Dr. Mallia fabricates custom-made comfortable appliances for patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. These are easy to use and have been proven to dramatically increase sleep quality.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Design 4 Sleep offers effective noninvasive solutions

Meet Our Doctor

Dr. Doni Mallia, DDS

I received my Bachelor’s Degree from San Jose State University.  I attended the University of Michigan to get my post-graduate Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree as well as a one year residency in Advanced Education General Dentistry.

I have practiced dentistry for over 20 years and am happy to have owned my own business since 2015.

Not only do I help patients with general dental procedures such as exams, fillings, implants and crowns, I have specialized in providing dental solutions for sleep apnea.  In this endeavor I have undertaken extensive training in dental sleep medicine.

I belong to the following memberships:

  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)
  • Michigan Academy of Sleep Medicine (MASM)
  • International Academy of Sleep (IAOS)

In the Fall of 2023, I was featured on the TV program “American Health Front” discussing sleep apnea treatment without a CPAP.

Here is my part of the TV program:

Dr. Doni Mallia received her dental degree from the University of Michigan, graduating in 2000. She has undergone extensive training in dental sleep medicine and is an active member of the International Academy of Sleep (IAOS).

For Dr. Mallia, there’s nothing more rewarding than helping a patient become healthier and happier through quality sleep. She is here to guide you through the treatment process, leading to uninterrupted rest that leaves you feeling excited about waking up in the morning again. Dr. Mallia has enjoyed 22+ years in dentistry. Now, she has expanded to include dental sleep medicine.

Dr. Mallia has actually struggled with sleep apean herself, so she understands the difficulties her patients face with traditional CPAP therapy. She knows firsthand the benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy in treating Sleep Apnea.

To be honest, I have struggled with Sleep Apnea, myself. I understand the difficulties my patients face with traditional CPAP therapy. Like many patients I noticed a decline in energy and, with treatment, I have regained my enthusiasm for life. It is my true joy to provide a solution for my patients that enhances the energy in waking up every morning and giving them a zest for life!

Mission Statement

Our Mission at Design 4 Sleep is to improve the lives of patients suffering from snoring or sleep apnea issues using Oral Appliance Therapy.  Our patients are treated with empathy and respect using the highest quality of products. We believe it is a team effort to get the best results for our patients so, we stay in constant communication with our patient’s other treating physicians.

To be sure, we not only want to increase the patient knowledge but also, physician and public awareness of the dangers of untreated sleep apnea. To that end, it is our desire to advise treating physicians in different specialties of the research based, proven success of oral appliance therapy for patients not willing or able to use CPAP therapy or surgically implanted devices.

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