Dental Sleep Medicine
Dental sleep medicine involves the management of sleep-disordered breathing, utilizing oral appliances and/or surgical techniques. Sleep-related breathing disorders (SBDs) may range from mild snoring to potentially life-threatening sleep apnea. The diagnosis of SBDs follows a sleep study, interpreted by a sleep physician. Treatment can include:
- improvement in sleep habits
- weight loss, as applicable
- use of a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine
- Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)
Drs. Amy and Todd Kinney are trained in the fabrication and use of Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). With individuals for whom CPAP treatment is not well tolerated, OAT can be an effective approach to help improve oxygen levels. The goal of OAT is to move and hold the lower jaw in a more forward position in order to artificially open up the upper throat and airway. There are specific considerations in using OAT, and with their advanced training in TMJ therapy, Drs. Kinney can provide additional support and attention to the health and stability of the TMJ during OAT treatment.
For more information, visit the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, or contact Drs. Kinney.