Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment

Bergen County Sleep Dentistry

Center for Dental Sleep Medicine

Treatment for Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Meet One of the Nation's Premiere Dentists in Sleep Apnea Treatment

Kenneth Hilsen, DDS, FAADSM, FICD, FACD

Kenneth Hilsen, DDS, Sleep ApneaDr. Hilsen is a pioneer in the field of oral appliance therapy for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. He is a charter member and past President of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and is on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Sleep Society. He is board certified by the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Hilsen is a member of the credentialed staff at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck for over 25 years. Dr. Hilsen lectures nationally on Dental Sleep Medicine and Oral Appliance Therapy. He has also been interviewed on television, radio, and newspapers as an authority on Dental Sleep Medicine.

Complementing his treatments, Dr. Hilsen has also developed and patented his own oral appliance for helping patients with sleep apnea. The device, similar to a retainer, is custom-fit to the patient and placed inside the mouth. It positions the jaw forward which creates an open airway and allows for more air to be taken in with each breath, decreasing and even eliminating severe snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Dr. Hilsen has dedicated his career to diagnosing, educating, and treating patients who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. He has seen this disease reach epidemic levels in our society and has documented it’s negative effects. It is his passion to treat patients with Oral Appliance Therapy and to make their lives healthier, safer, and more enjoyable.

"I have dedicated my career to diagnosing, educating, and treating patients who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. I have seen this disease reach epidemic levels in our society and have documented it’s negative effects. It is my passion to treat patients with oral appliance therapy and make their lives healthier, safer, and more enjoyable."


Kenneth Hilsen, DDS, Sleep Apnea

Through the use of oral appliances, rather than costly surgery and recovery time, specialized dentists are able to help those with sleep apnea and snoring-related problems. The airways that become blocked during sleep are closely related to the jaw and mouth which are very familiar to dentists. Through technological advances and more accurate studies, dentistry has become a vital role in helping people solve even minor sleep disorders.

Oral appliances used by sleep specialists are similar to orthodontic treatments. They require minimal visits and do not involve cutting or surgery of any type. It is more cost-effective, and may be covered by Medicare and most insurance companies.

Learn About Sleep Disorders

Sleep Apnea Diagram

People often think that snoring is a basic component of sleeping. However, snoring can point to many problems that may be occurring during a person’s rest. It is believed that 45% of American people snore occasionally, while 1 out of 4 snore frequently and may have problems associated. Some types of common sleep disorders are obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, teeth grinding, and frequent urination and bedwetting.

Sleep Apnea DiagramWhen a sleeping disorder is present, a person is not getting a full night of rest. People who have trouble breathing usually do not fall asleep completely and lose over 2 hours of sleep each night.

Sleep apnea, the most common disorder, is believed to affect approximately 18 million adults and can cause many subsequent health issues such as weight gain, high blood pressure, and put strain on the heart increasing failures and cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, many of these people go undiagnosed due to the difficulty in realizing when a sleeping disorder is present.

The disorder is caused by the blockage of the airway, often by the tongue, causing your body to wake up and gasp for air. When you wake up, the airway becomes unblocked. Most people who do this through the night will not remember, and likely have no idea as to why they feel groggy and exhausted when they wake up.

Kenneth Hilsen, DDS, Sleep Apnea

Using state of the art video presentations, Dr. Hilsen discusses options for Oral Appliance Therapy for Snoring and Sleep Apnea. Providing this one-on-one time is the most important step in educating the patient on the full options and benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy.

How Can I Tell If I Have Sleep Apnea?

The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are ones that seem normal, such as snoring. However, frequently waking up tired and unfocused, along with snoring, is more indicative of a sleeping disorder.



"My experience with the oral appliance is exceptional. From the very first day that I used the appliance I had a full night’s sleep. I awaken feeling refreshed and ready to start my day! What a relief to feel refreshed in the morning after having a good night’s sleep. The appliance is easy to apply and the best part is that one doesn’t have to carry around a machine that makes so much noise and needs to have proper electricity, particularly, when you travel abroad.

Lastly, I took a sleep study test with the new appliance and the results were astounding. I was told that my sleep study number was almost perfect. Boy I was very overjoyed."

—Karen A. - Teaneck, NJ

"I went to Dr. Hilsen because I could not sleep with the CPAP machine and mask. The office was recommended by my sleep doctor. I have no problems sleeping with the apparatus and I awake with much more energy than without it. The people in the office are friendly and helpful, making a visit comfortable."

—Susan A. - Emerson, NJ

"My dental appliance has completely stopped my snoring. I was able to sleep comfortably with it on and the more I used it the more comfortable it got. It fit nice and snug and was almost sure that once I relaxed my jaw to sleep, the bottom piece would fall out but it never did and stayed on even as relaxed as my jaw was."

—Emmanuel P. - Jamaica, NY

"I feel I have done right thing to come to Dr. Hilsen. I am very satisfied and happy with my treatment. I was a very pleasant experience and now I am sleep peacefully. Thank you Dr. Hilsen and Veronica."

—Moazzam U. - Teaneck, NJ

"I came to Dr. Hilsen with minor sleep apnea and a snoring problem that was bothering my wife – a lot. Working with Dr. Hilsen, I found the right appliance to help me. It is not uncomfortable, I am sleeping great and according to my wife – my snoring has disappeared. I’m very happy with my treatment and the solution we have found."

—Tim M. - Hoboken, NJ

"My oral appliance helped me to stop snoring !!!"

—In S. - Englewood Cliffs, NJ

"I am using Dr. Hilsen’s TAP oral appliance since 10/29/14 and it is working extremely well. I sleep much better, feel refreshed and energetic upon waking, and only get up once or twice during the night instead of the usual three or four times. The device is easy to used and very effective, and is definitely better than the CPAP mask which I never used, but half of the people who do try it, stop because they don’t like it! Dr. Hilsen was friendly, caring, very knowledgeable and took ample time to explain how the device works and how to use it. The rest of the office staff were very professional and friendly. I am very satisfied and would recommend Dr. Hilsen to everyone."

—Norman C. - Fair Lawn, NJ

"Dr. Hilsen is a caring, attentive dentist who has treated me for obstructive sleep apnea. He has instilled in me the confidence I need that the apnea is under control. I would recommend him for anyone who needs similar treatment."

—Frank B. - Wayne, NJ

Experience The Difference


Snoring & Sleep Apnea May Cause:

  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Poor Job Performance
  • Morning Headaches
  • Weight Gain
  • Impotence
  • Premature Death


Treating Snoring & Sleep Apnea

  • Increase Amount of Your Sleep
  • Increase Quality of Sleep
  • Reduce Daytime Sleepiness
  • Wake Up Refreshed
  • Increase Your Energy
  • Decrease Blood Pressure
  • Better Concentration
  • Bed Partner Harmony
  • Prevent Other Health Problems

If someone observes that you are exhibiting these symptoms during sleep, you should contact a sleep apnea specialist.

For more information, please download our Sleep Apnea Informational brochure

Sleep Apnea Brochure 1

Sleep Apnea Brochure 2

Getting Treatment

If you believe you may have a snoring or sleep problem, please contact us at either the River Edge (201-342-3600), Nutley (973-661-3368) or Wanaque (973-839-0900), or office to make an appointment with Dr. Hilsen.