Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

Tired of waking up without feeling rested and energised?

Sleep wellness is a priority

Chronic fatigue, zero energy, alarm clock on repeat, dragging yourself out of bed, depending on multiple cups of coffee to get you through life… if you’re familiar with this scenario and all you crave is a good night’s sleep and waking up ready to conquer your day, then you may be suffering from sleep apnea and if you are, it’s something you should look into.

What is sleep apnea?

It is a fairly common sleep disorder during which breathing repeatedly stops and starts – sound serious? That’s because it is. When an adult or a child suffers from sleep apnea their breathing is interrupted and/or becomes abnormal multiple times during sleep. In addition to compromising restorative sleep and negatively affecting daily life, sleep apnea affects the body’s oxygen supply, which in turn can originate other health issues such as:

Type 2 diabetes
Metabolic syndrome
Liver problems
Complications with medications and surgery
If you’re snoring, you may have sleep apnea

Snoring is not normal, nor is it something that some people simply experience – in addition to deeply impacting your most personal relationships, it can also negatively impact your health. More often than not, snoring is a breathing symptom linked to a sleep disorder that can range from upper airway resistance to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The severity of this syndrome depends on how much the airway is blocked (degree of airway obstruction) and on the location of that blockage.

In other words, stay vigilant. Preventing sleep apnea is staying healthy. If left undiagnosed and untreated, sleep apnea can evolve into a very complex disturbance, so consider the following as potential warning signs:

  1. Loud snoring (that may also be keeping your partner up!)
  2. Breathing pauses during sleep
  3. Gasping for air during sleep
  4. Choking or snorting sounds during sleep
  5. Waking up with a dry mouth and/or sore throat
  6. Waking up with a headache
  7. Insomnia (difficulty staying asleep)
  8. Hypersomnia (excessive daytime sleepiness)
  9. Difficulty concentrating while awake
  10. Irritability/Impatience
Sleep Therapy is a new level of wellness

Sleep is essential. We simply can’t say that enough, and that’s why Sleep Therapy is such an important part of White Clinic’s comprehensive and 360º approach to general health, wellbeing and longevity.


Our sleep is constantly being compromised, which in turn compromises our daily life.
We easily accept the fact that we’re poor sleepers, unlucky snorers and simply have bad nights. What we need to do is question why we’re not getting the shut-eye we deserve, and understand if sleep apnea is the culprit.

What does oral healthcare have to do with sleep?

Dentistry plays a fundamental role in assessing and treating sleep apnea and snoring. We are proud to be pioneers in Sleep Therapy in Portugal: thanks to advanced technology and years of experience, our carefully constructed sleep device and closely monitored treatment protocol has helped hundreds of patients get their restorative sleep back, put a stop to uncontrollable snoring and prevent sleep apnea from reoccurring. They’re sleeping easy again.

Step 1

360º Sleep Apnea Diagnosis

Book your sleep consultation with White Clinic and get ready to discuss your case in-depth, backed by a specific sleep apnea questionnaire. This first consultation to diagnose sleep apnea also includes a 3D craniofacial and nasal airway CBCT (Cone Beam Computer Tomography), an intraoral scan, photographs and a simple at-home sleep test. Our entire workflow is digital and precise, so we have a clear view of your unique case right from the start.

Step 2

Case Analysis

With the preliminary research done, our multidisciplinary team sits down to assess your case and the best treatment plan for your specific sleep apnea diagnosis is outlined, which may include a combination of both the use of our sleep apnea device and a Fotona NightLase therapy protocol. Two outstanding options, one fundamental goal: better sleep, better quality of life.

Step 3

Sleep Apnea Treatment Plan

During the second consultation, we will discuss your diagnosis and sleep apnea treatment recommendation. We work with the most cutting-edge Mandibular Advancement Device on the market, manufactured in the USA, with 3D printed nylon and BPA free. In order to fit you for your customised sleep apnea device, we’ll take a more detailed intraoral scan of your mouth, so we can obtain the mould necessary to design a mouth piece that is 100% tailored to you.

Step 4

Sleep Device Customisation

Your personalised sleep apnea device is a high-tech Mandibular Advancement Device that is totally adapted to your jaw biomechanics, which means that by simply pushing the jaw forward and pulling the tongue away from the back of the throat, the size of the upper airway automatically increases, reducing the air resistance that triggers snoring and sleep apnea. Printed in 3D using CAD/CAM technology, this small and comfortable device brings with it huge benefits and effectiveness in sleep apnea treatment.

Step 5

Follow-up Consultation

We’ll see you in 4 weeks to re-evaluate. During and after that period, we’re always available for any questions or concerns you may have, supporting you throughout the first 6 months of your new sleep apnea treatment. At that time, we’ll run our sleep test once again to assess the treatment results so far and outline the steps necessary to continue getting a good night’s sleep, every night.

Sleep is wellness.
Wellness is deep sleep.

Meet Dr. Shouresh Charkhandeh

With a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Sciences from the University of Alberta, Canada, Dr. Shouresh Charkhandeh has earned numerous fellowships over the years and is currently working on his PhD project at the University of Antwerp Hospital, in Belgium.


A renowned educator, researcher and innovator in dental sleep medicine, Dr. Charkhandeh lectures all over the world and is actively involved in clinical research in Dental Sleep Medicine, namely developing new technologies to improve treatment outcome predictability and patient selection in Oral Appliance Therapy for patients with OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea).


Founder and director of the Alberta Dental Sleep Medicine Study Club and Clinical Director at The Snore Centre in Canada, he has been treating OSA patients for over a decade and is a passionate advocate for the interdisciplinary approach to Dental Sleep Medicine which focuses on the collaboration of sleep physicians, sleep dentists and other healthcare professionals.

Introducing the Fotona NightLase Therapy

Increasing patient’s sleep quality is a top priority and our approach to Sleep Therapy, namely the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea, is complimented by the use of the high-tech and non-invasive Fotona NightLase – a gentle and superficial Er:YAG laser light.

How does Fotona NightLase Therapy work?

Based on a laser light that is both gentle enough to be used within the oral cavity and strong enough to provide the necessary and most effective therapeutic heat, the Fotona NightLase therapy starts by heating the tissues and, consequently, tightening those same tissues which are ultimately strengthened. Because when you breathe better, you sleep better.

Main benefits

A safe, calm and pain-free therapy, research has shown that the Fotona NightLase produces a healthy change in sleep patterns, reducing snoring and improving sleep apnea. Once the treatment has been completed, the final result can last up to a year.


We use the Fotona NightLase Therapy alongside our sleep apnea device and the results have been truly impressive: almost immediately patients begin to breathe deeply, sleep soundly and enjoy life so much more fully and energetically.

Sleeping enough hours is crucial

Our beauty sleep goes so much deeper than simple rest and energy restoration. We need our sleep to truly function, to stay healthy and ensure optimal performance in all areas of life. We need our sleep to feel happy, relaxed and stress-free. We need our sleep for healthy longevity. Our minds and bodies depend on it.

Advanced Biological Dentistry will help you get your restorative sleep back

Every sleep consultation includes an in-depth medical examination and complementary tests that will help determine the best sleep apnea treatment for each case. Among the highly successful treatment options available are personalised intraoral devices that, thanks to a tailored custom fit, allow complete suppression of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. 

You need deep sleep

Sleep plays an important role in our physical health: it is involved in a variety of physiological processes, such as healing and repairing the heart and blood vessels. The scientific information indicating how sleep deprivation can be associated with numerous diseases is vast.

Don’t let sleep apnea get the best of you

When our sleep quality is undermined night after night, the bags under our eyes won’t be the only telltale sign: chronic fatigue, headaches, difficulty concentrating, memory issues, depression, mood swings, weight gain, lethargy and even mental disturbances will also make the list.

Improve your sleep cycle, improve your quality of life.

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This test is not a diagnostic tool, but it will help you and our team get a better understanding of your level of sleep wellness, of the quality of your sleep cycle and if you should be worried about sleep apnea. It’s also the first step to getting you back to deep, restful sleep.

If you’ve answered YES to 5 or more questions, your sleep wellness should be assessed by a medical professional. You may be at risk for sleep apnea and, in addition to compromising your rest, if left untreated it can originate other serious health issues.
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