Dental Sleep Medicine

What is it?
Dental sleep medicine is treatment by your dentist to lessen or eliminate snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Kahn can fabricate a night-time appliance that is worn while you sleep. That appliance can be made to fit over your teeth or tongue to ensure that you can breathe properly.

How do I know if I might have a dental sleep problem?
The most obvious sign of a dental sleep problem is snoring. Dental sleep problems arise when people develop obstructions in their airway that affect breathing during sleep. These blockages can limit the amount of air that gets to your lungs and can even eliminate all airflow for several seconds at a time. You may have obstructive sleep apnea if someone has told you that you snore loudly while asleep, gasp for air while asleep, or if you are excessively tired during the day.

How can dental sleep medicine help me?
Obstructive sleep apnea often occurs as a result of the tongue moving back towards your throat while you lie down. Dr. Kahn can make an appliance that is worn on your teeth almost like a retainer or mouth guard. The appliance is designed to move your lower jaw down and forward to provide extra room for your tongue and open your airway. Dr. Kahn can also make an appliance that pulls the tongue forward, which is a helpful alternative for patients with obstructive sleep apnea who do not have teeth.

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