Breathe Deeply and Freely

When you’re not breathing like you need to—awake or asleep—you’re not able to live your best life. From relying on caffeine to get you through the day, to keeping your partner up with your snoring at night, it’s taking a huge toll on your health and relationships.

Maybe you’ve thought that feeling exhausted and weak is normal. Or maybe you’ve seen a sleep doctor and gotten a CPAP machine, leaving you stuck in the Catch-22 of awful sleep or uncomfortable machines. There has to be a better way!

At Sierra Sleep Airway and Wellness Center, we get it.

We’ve treated dozens of patients just like you who have found that with a simple, noninvasive, and relatively short treatment time to widen their airway, they can breathe deeply and freely all night long.

By widening your airway, not only will you feel more rested and sleep better, but you can also actively avoid chronic illnesses in the future like heart disease, pulmonary disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.

The process is simple:


Go to the Source

Using the latest technologies, our comprehensive sleep and airway evaluation will look for the root causes of your sleep and airway issues.


Make a Plan

Results in hand, we’ll create a customized care plan and connect you with the providers and therapies you need.


Sleep Tight

It’s time for a good night’s sleep! Most patients resolve their sleep issues in 12 months, with noticeable results in just a few months.

You deserve to live a fully present life, healthy and long-lasting; all you need is a consistent good night’s sleep to get there. We help you sleep better so that you can live your best life!

Get started today!

Meet the Team

Dr. John Bocchi, DDS

Dr. Bocchi is passionate about dentistry and the effect it can have on your whole-body health. This is where complete health dentistry comes to life! He believes in optimizing growth and development for kids and adults to improve breathing, prevent chronic health issues, and make the smiles of his patients’ dreams. Because he believes that you always need to continue learning in order to provide the best care for patients, he has traveled the country to learn the latest dental technologies, including the CEREC machine that completes porcelain crowns and veneers in a single visit. Dr. Bocchi has become so passionate about sleep and airway after realizing he and his kids had sleep issues that were affecting their health. He has spent many hours in sleep and airway classes to bring these incredible sleep treatments to Northern Nevada.

He and his wife, Jen, have two children, Keira and Kipton; he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, photography, fishing, hiking, biking, snowboarding, and the many other outdoor activities available in Northern Nevada.

Featured in:


Best Dentist—Reno News and Review


Best Cosmetic Dentist—Reno Magazine


Top 20 Professionals Under 40—Reno Journal


Ask the Doctor—Channel 2 News


Pro-bono Dental—Channel 4 News

Member of:

Healthy Start
Dr. Mariangela Verano

Dr. Mariangela Verano

Dr. Mariangela Verano and her family moved to the Reno area in 2019 bringing 24 years of exceptional dental experience from her San Francisco Bay Area practice.

Receiving her Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, she attended dental school at the University of California, San Francisco where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and also continued her training at UCSF by completing an Advanced Education in and General Dentistry (AEGD) residency.

As a consummate educator, Dr. Verano advises her patients in complete health dentistry, the oral systemic connection, and airway health. Her passion to provide optimal care has led her to become a Breathe Institute Ambassador and she started the Northern Nevada Breathe Collaboration group— bringing like-minded practitioners together to address all conditions related to sleep disordered breathing and overall health.

Dr. Verano focuses on precision diagnosis and comprehensive treatment planning in snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, breathing disorders, and improving nasal breathing.

As a highly trained practitioner, Dr. Verano has gained extensive knowledge and experience during her career. She truly cares about each patient and strives to provide quality care with a gentle touch. Her passion for dentistry is seen every day in her attention to detail and steadfast work ethic.

In her spare time, Dr. Verano enjoys golfing, skiing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Member of:

Breathe Institute Ambassador
Healthy Start
SPEAR Dental Continuing Education
The Breathe Institute
Airway Circle
Dr. Mariangela Verano


Clinical Director for Sleep and Airway

Lancette graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1995 and would love to help you reach your goals for a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime! In addition to her work at Sierra Smiles, Lancette is also a dental hygiene professional coach, a continuing education speaker for dentists and dental hygienists (including developing a continuing education company), owns a mobile dentistry practice, is the past president of the Nevada Dental Hygienists Association, and was a member of the board of directors for the American Dental Hygienists Association.

She is extremely passionate about sleep and airway development, and after extensive training has started speaking and coaching other dental offices around the country.

It’s no wonder she’s been awarded the Nevada Dental Hygienist of the Year and the national Denobi award!

When she is not talking about teeth, sleep, airway, and complete health, she loves to spend time outdoors with her husband, two children, parents, and her siblings.



Airway Success Concierge 

Jeannie came to Sierra Smiles from her own independent practice in Northern California, where she was the sole owner of a corporation and developed one of the first (RDHAP) Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice offices in the State.

Her pioneer spirit and passion for educating, coaching, and teaching patients about complete health are the ideals that fuel her desire for lifelong learning and continual professional development.

She is honored to be a part of the amazing team at Sierra Smiles, where innovation, cutting-edge technology, and compassionate health care are second to none!

Out of the office, Jeannie enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as, participating in a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including Kayaking, SUP, Hiking, Running, Snow Shoeing, Cross Country, and Alpine Skiing.



Airway Assistant

Ari is from California originally but has lived in Nevada for the last 15 years. Nevada is home to her. She has an amazing supportive husband and 2 beautiful girls. She is an advocate for the blind as her oldest daughter is visually impaired. Ari graduated from the ATS Northern Nevada Dental Assisting School winter class of 2022. She is very passionate about patient care and recently found a love for sleep and airway. You may even find her assisting on tongue tie releases (her favorite).

When she isn’t helping our patients she likes to play softball, bowl, and spend quality time with her friends and family.



Registered Dental Hygenist

Hannah was born and raised in Reno, NV. She loves spending time with her family, husband and doggos. She enjoys travel, food and people. She has been practicing as a hygienist for 7 years and for the last 2 of them at Sierra Smiles. She chose to become part of the team because she was captured by the culture, continuous education and complete health provided to patients. As Sierra Smiles began to educate and treat patients for sleep and airway she saw how patients were affected on a deep emotional and physical level. The overall wellness impact for our patients and our community was so great. This struck a cord of how she could impact people’s lives in a big way. As part of the airway team she is learning and growing to become a pillar in the community and to create a life changing movement.


Treatment and Financial Coordinator
Jackie was born and raised in Reno. She graduated from Milan Institute as a Registered Dental Assistant in 2017. Jackie has been cross-trained to help out as a treatment coordinator and appointment coordinator, as well. When Sierra Smiles began educating patients on sleep and airway issues, she became interested in learning more about the importance of sleep and breathing disorders. Jackie appreciates the opportunity to be able to help patients maintain their overall health, starting with their sleep.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going on adventures, outdoor activities, and traveling.