Voted Top Doctor 2023
National Consumer Advisory Board

Select Page


You’ve snored for as long as you can remember – to be honest, you’re lucky your wife married you and that she can deal with your noisy resting habits. She told you that lately though, she’s noticed times when you stop breathing completely. She’s worried about you and says the extended pauses between your breaths were scary. You see your doctor and find out you have sleep apnea after getting a sleep study. The doctor tells you your sleep disorder can cause heart attacks and orders a CPAP machine. The tubing is cumbersome – and it’s uncomfortable, too. The air blowing in your nose and mouth all night long is not helping you sleep. What can you do? You can visit McElroy Smiles by Design for dental sleep apnea therapy in Encinitas. With our custom solutions, you can live a long, healthy life and sleep like a baby your whole life long.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is the second most common sleep disorder, behind insomnia. While asleep, the tongue and jaw relax and slide against the back of the throat, causing the airway to be obstructed and preventing you from breathing like you should.

The body will wake itself up to start breathing again, but will not fully wake you. You can wake up slightly hundreds of times a night, leaving you exhausted the next day and at risk for serious health problems – without even knowing it.

How Dangerous Is Untreated Sleep Apnea?

People often take sleep apnea lightly because the most common characteristic of the disorder is snoring – which can often be the subject of jokes. Dr. McElroy cautions against this – sleep apnea can be deadly. The list below shows some of the risks of leaving sleep apnea untreated:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Sudden Death
  • Severe Asthma Attacks
  • Shortened Life Span
  • Car accidents (from being exhausted behind the wheel)
  • Work accidents (again, from exhaustion)
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Decreased interest in sex
  • Chronic Exhaustion
  • Weight Gain
  • Diabetes

Check out this sleep apnea quiz to see if you might have this disorder, or look at the risk factors to see if this condition could affect you.

Can I Treat My Sleep Apnea Without CPAP?

Many people with sleep apnea can’t tolerate the CPAP machines their doctors often prescribe – don’t let this be a reason for avoiding treatment and leaving yourself at risk for the conditions above.

At our office, we can address your sleep disorder with custom oral appliance therapy. We’ll fit you for a 100% individualized device that’s similar to a nightguard. You’ll only wear this while you sleep – it will gently pull your jaw and tongue away from the back of your throat, allowing you to breathe easy and get the rest you need.

This therapy has several advantages over CPAP – it’s less expensive, it’s comfortable and patients actually use their oral appliances, and it’s effective. Dental therapy for sleep apnea works for about 80% of patients.

If you have sleep apnea and CPAP isn’t for you, don’t let another night go by where you’re at risk for serious health problems. Schedule your appointment today and get back to sleeping soundly!


Smiles For FreedomMcElroy Smiles By Design is proud to be hosting Smiles For FREEdom Event!  This is a free day of dentistry for our veterans, active duty military service members, first responders and law enforcement. This event is by appointment only. Please contact...

Our Dentist in Encinitas, CA Is Here for You

Our Dentist in Encinitas, CA Is Here for YouAt McElroy Smiles By Design, our mission is to offer high-quality dental care to our valued patients. Even though we’re all adjusting to a new normal way of doing business, our dentist in Encinitas, CA is open and seeing...

Teeth Whitening In Encinitas – Essential For Summer

BlogYour best friend just got engaged and you couldn’t be happier – it’s high time your pal received the commitment and lifelong support they deserve. You’re thrilled to be a major part of the wedding party and you have so much to smile about. But when you grin, you...

San Diego Dentist Discusses The Benefits Of Invisalign Treatment

BlogConsider Invisalign clear aligners to get the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted — without braces and brackets. An exam and consultation with our San Diego dentist can determine if Invisalign clear aligners are right for you! What Is Invisalign? Our San...

Cosmetic Dentist in Encinitas Explains Dental Crowns and Veneers

BlogAs cosmetic dentist in Encinitas, Dr. McElroy often provides patient with dental crowns and porcelain veneers. While you may think these two procedures are the same, there are clear differences between the two. A dental crown is a custom-made cap that is placed...

Encinitas Dentist for Teeth Cleanings, Pain-Free Dental Care, Gum Treatment, Dentures, Dental Implants, Invisalign, Teeth Whitening, Veneers, & More – Serving Encinitas, Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, Oceanside, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, Escondido & San Diego, CA

Your Top-Rated Dentist in Encinitas, CA

"This is a fantastic Dentist, McElroy and the associates in the office are amazing. Our daughters enjoy every time they are here. Very good practice, highly suggested!!"

- Cody H.

"I would definitely recommend Smiles By Design dental office to anyone who is looking for a personable, honest, thorough, and professional dentist. Dr. McElroy and his staff make you feel so comfortable, you forget you are at the dentist!! Highly recommend!"

- Kelly C.

"Had my first appointment at McElroy smiles by design, and the staff was so friendly and informative. It was an enjoyable experience and I plan on going back in the future."

- Isaac W.

"Thanks to everyone in the office! Great service and very punctual. Dr.McElroy is a wonderful dentist, he is very professional and friendly. He does what it takes to do the job perfectly— even if it requires extra time. I needed a lot of work when I first came to the office, but now when its all done, I love the outcome and my new smile! I am stoked!!"

- Wera S.

*The reviews listed are from actual patients of McElroy Smiles. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

What To Expect On Your First Visit

Dr. McElroy is excited to provide you a $99 new patient special!


Discuss Your Goals With Dr. McElroy


Thorough Exam & Professional Cleaning


Digital X-Rays


Discuss Your Potential Treatment Options


Bonus: Free copy of Dr. McEroy’s Book