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Rod Willey, DDS, D’ACSDD


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11825 N. Knoxville Ave. Dunlap, IL 61525        
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Hours: Mon-Thu 8am-5:30pm, Fri. 8am-2pm

Meet the Doctor

Rod Willey, DDS, D’ACSDD

Licensed General Dentist

Dr. Willey graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1985.  His career path has taken him from studying functional orthodontics including Pediatric Guided Growth Development at the United States Dental Institute, a five year course for the general dentist, to Neuromuscular Occlusion from the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, to treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliance Therapy.   All of these areas of dentistry deal significantly with the neuromuscular positioning of the lower jaw and have proven to be a natural progression in his studies. He has been awarded recognition in the field of TMD Developmental Diagnosis, Neuromuscular Coronoplasty and Mastering Neuromuscular Occlusion. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Academies of Sleep Medicine, Dental Sleep Medicine, and a Diplomate of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Dentistry. As the father of four, Dr. Willey enjoys interaction with children, young people and adults. He is an avid down hill skier; he loves golf, scuba diving and living life to the fullest! He and his wife, Donna, co-pastor the Richland Bridge Fellowship Church in Chillicothe, IL. Much of their traveling time is spent in an effort to uplift and encourage others personal walk with God.

What Causes Snoring?

Snoring Partial BlockageSnoring occurs when the soft tissue structures of the upper airway collapse onto themselves and vibrate against each other as we attempt to move air through them. This produces the sound we know as snoring. Large tonsils, a long soft palate, a large tongue, the uvula, and excess fat deposits in the throat all contribute to airway narrowing and snoring. Usually, the more narrow the airway space, the louder or more habitual the snoring.  Snoring is the sound of partially obstructed breathing during sleep. While snoring can be harmless, it can also be the sign of a more serious medical condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).When Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs, the tongue and soft palate collapse onto the back of the throat and completely block the airway, which restricts the flow of oxygen. The condition known as Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS), is midway between primary snoring and true obstructive sleep apnea. People with UARS suffer many of the symptoms of OSA but require special sleep testing techniques.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)?

If you’re experiencing frequent headaches, back and neck pain, dull aching facial pain, or popping in your jaw you are not alone. Approximately 35 million people in the United States suffer from TMJ problems. While both men and women experience TMJ disorders, the majority of those seeking treatment are women in their 20’s and 30’s. Many believe stress or a busy lifestyle is to blame but do not realize that these symptoms are often related to their jaw muscles and their jaw joint known as the temporomandibular joint or TMJ. Your bite can be a factor in many types of pain or functional problems because of the inter-relationship of the overall muscle and skeletal system.

TMJ Diagram

TMD is a condition involving the temporomandibular joint, bone and cartilage resembling a ball-and-socket that sits right above your ear canal on either side of your head. When the joint slips out of position, pain can result, and TMD is characterized by clicking or popping of the jaw when you open or close your mouth, persistent headaches, and sometimes chronic pain. We have many patients who come to us complaining of headaches, jaw and facial pain as well as pain in the ears, never realizing that their pain was caused by a misalignment in their jaw.  Some people, however, report no pain, but still have problems using their jaws.

Causes of TMJ Disorder
Signs & Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
Diagnosis for Sleep Apnea
Diagnosis for TMJ Disorder
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Treatment for TMJ Disorder
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Advantages of Oral Appliances

      • Covered by most medical insurances & Medicare
      • Comfortable alternative to CPAP
      • Small, convenient, and easy to travel with
      • Prevents snoring – Bed partner approved!
      • Approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and FDA

What Patients are Saying

The oral appliance is comfortable, easy to handle, and a “life changer”. What a blessing. Thank-you!
Connie, Peoria IL
I love the convenience when traveling. I’m from Kenya, and the village where my family lives doesn’t have electricity. Now I don’t have to worry about a power outlet for a CPAP machine!
Janet, Bloomington IL
Immediately after I got the oral appliance my snoring stopped. Now my wife and I are both getting quality sleep and are much happier and healthier!
Tom, Mapleton, IL
I am so excited to finally be feeling energetic and happy again! I have my life back. The appliance has truly changed my life.
Lisa, Morton IL
I never dreamed I would sleep so well the first night. I have better health, more resilience, energy, and I think I play better golf. My wife is happy too. The oral appliance is just fantastic!
Don, Peoria IL
My snoring was so bad even our pet parrot would mimic the sound. I couldn’t wear the CPAP so this was a great alternative. My wife is so happy because I now have energy to do the things we love!
Sam, Chillicothe, IL
The appliance is lightweight, easy to manage, and easy to clean. I couldn’t be happier. I have energy, don’t have to wear the CPAP, and my blood pressure has come down since wearing the appliance.
Marcia, Peoria IL