Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Written by Dr. Jeffrey Cahn on Friday, 05 May 2017. Posted in Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Are you the one in five adults is our society not getting a restful enough sleep?

According to the latest statistics, obstructive sleep apnea affects approximately 20% of the adult population in the United States! This means that 20% of adults in our society are not getting a restful sleep most likely due to breathing disorders and are probably overly drowsy during the day.

These individuals also have a significantly higher risk of cardiovascular disease and are more likely to have fatal heart attacks and strokes. Additional symptoms may be memory difficulties, mood changes, disorientation, loss of alertness, high blood pressure, and decreased sexual performance, as a result of the apnea.

Dr. Jeffrey Cahn has been successfully treating people with obstructive sleep apnea for over twenty years, by designing custom-made oral appliances for patients diagnosed with sleep apnea.  The oral appliances have proven to be a comfortable alternative to CPAP( continuous positive air pressure) therapy can be used both as an alternative treatment to CPAP or in conjunction with CPAP.  

Call the office of Dr. Jeffrey Cahn  at 203-323-2882 to learn more.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Written by Dr. Jeffrey Cahn on Friday, 28 April 2017. Posted in Obstructive Sleep Apnea

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month:
If you see something, say something (to your dentist!)

Oral cancers can occur anywhere in the oral cavity, but the most prevalent place for oral cancers is on the side edge border of the tongue and on the floor of the mouth below the tongue. In its early stage, it frequently presents as small white or red lesions, which are almost always painless.

These cancers are more prevalent in people who smoke and drink.

Early detection is the key to long-term oral cancer survival.

Regular visits to a dentist is essential to find and evaluate suspicious lesions and determine the proper procedure. If anything looks unusual, a brush biopsy will often be taken. This procedure is quick. The dentist uses a small brush to brush over the lesion and the cells obtained are examined under a microscope in a lab using computer-assisted technology.

Other times, it might be determined that an actual biopsy is required for a better assessment. Either way, although these cancers are relatively rare, it is critical to detect oral cancer early to increase the likelihood of long-term survival.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office and setup a free consultation.

1435 Bedford Street, Suite #1P
Stamford, CT 06905
(203) 323-2882

Relationship between gum disease and systemic diseases

on Tuesday, 20 December 2016.

Over the past 20 years there has been increasing data linking gum (periodontal) disease and various systemic diseases.

According to the Academy of Periodontology, for a long time it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other disease in the body, but more recent research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible for the association. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.

It has been well documented that people with diabetes are significantly more susceptible to gum disease. Recent evidence has shown that periodontal disease may make it more difficult for people who have diabetes to control their blood sugar. Severe periodontal disease can increase blood sugar, contributing to increased periods of time when the body functions with a high blood sugar. This puts people with diabetes at increased risk for diabetic complications.

In addition, studies have shown that periodontal disease is associated with heart disease. It is believed that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the association. Periodontal disease can also exacerbate existing heart condition and studies have pointed to a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke, as well as contributing to other systemic diseases such as osteoporosis, pneumonia, and even cancers.

It is worthwhile - significantly important - to have your teeth professionally cleaned to maintain good oral health and good health, overall!

Dental Oral Appliances in Stamford, CT, Help Prevent Snoring

on Friday, 04 November 2016.

The importance of a good night’s sleep cannot be overemphasized. Neither can the annoyance of snoring to one’s bed partner! We can make oral appliances which can comfortably help you sleep and eliminate the snoring!

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for good health and for feeling well during the day. People withobstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are not able to accomplish this.

Obstructive sleep apnea means that thereare times during sleep when breathing completely stops due to the tongue obstructing the airway. Thereare also episodes of hypopnea where the airway is partially obstructed. The result is a fragmented,restless sleep that leaves sufferers exhausted and drowsy during the day.Obstructive sleep apnea is common, affecting more than 12 million Americans; but most people withthe problem haven’t been diagnosed. In the short term, obstructive sleep apnea can cause excessivedaytime drowsiness, mood changes, memory loss. It can also lead to an inability to concentrated and todistracted driving. Long term untreated obstructive sleep apnea has been linked high blood pressure,increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Traditionally, obstructive sleep apnea has been treated with CPAP machines which pump a constantstream of air through masks into the throat to keep the airway open. As you can imagine, such devicesare not very comfortable and not very portable for travelers. Oral appliances can be made to treat OSAsuccessfully and comfortably and eliminate the snoring as well.

Please call today (203-323- 2882) for a free of charge sleep consultation.

A Great Week at the Trudi Birger Dental Volunteers for Israel (DVI) Clinic in Jerusalem

on Tuesday, 20 September 2016.

I can't imagine a more rewarding experience than working at dental clinic for underprivileged children Israel. The Trudi Birger Dental Volunteers for Israel (DVI) clinic in Jerusalem serves the lower socioeconomic population regardless of religion or background. Nothing can beat the feeling of working to help children recover their oral health -- especially in a region where children have seen enough suffering.


A visit to the holy land is bound to be exciting and breathtaking; witnessing the land of the bible. I spent a week in Israel volunteering at the DVI clinic in Jerusalem. It was there that I got the opportunity to treat dental patients, children or young adults, who would not otherwise have access to dental care. It was very rewarding to treat these young people, and a pleasure to work with state-of-the-art equipment and supplies and to be assisted by an amazingly competent and friendly support staff.

Trudi Birger, a Holocaust survivor founded the clinic in 1980. Trudi had been sent to a death camp when she was a young teenager. When, miraculously, she survived, she vowed never to abandon a child in distress. During Birger’s work with needy children in Israel, she became aware of the physical and psychological suffering the children endured due to severe dental problems. She established the Dental Volunteers for Israel clinic to provide free dental treatment to children from Jerusalem’s most needy families.

For more information on the DVI program, you may contact Dr. Jeff Cahn at 203-323-2882 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to the DVI website, www.dental-dvi.org.il/

May The Floss Be With You!

on Friday, 10 June 2016.

May The Floss Be With You!

What is all this fuss about flossing? is that little piece of string really so important?

Prevention of dental diseases is probably the most important lesson that you can learn from an early age. The two major dental diseases - decay (cavities) and gum disease (periodontitis) are both preventable! Both of these diseases are caused by bacteria that build up on tooth surfaces everyday and can be prevented by removing this bacterial deposit every day.

It seems like too good a deal true... a couple of dollars and a couple of minutes per day can keep your teeth strong and healthy.

We all know the need to brush our teeth daily and we teach this to very young children.  We emphasize it in health education, beginning in nursery school  We know brushing keeps teeth bacteria free, but too often, flossing is neglected.

If you are brushing your teeth 100% effectively but not using floss, you are missing 40% of your teeth surfaces!  Teeth are 3D - and you need to clean all surfaces, including those between the teeth. By neglecting the surfaces in-between your teeth, the teeth become more susceptible to decay and periodontitis, and, ultimately, compromise the health of your teeth and shorten their longevity.

Another surface to be aware of is the surface along the gum line.  Brush gently there and when using floss, be sure to get the floss below the gum line, wrap it around the tooth, and then pull it towards the chewing surface. The motion helps to remove the surface bacteria.

To Good Health & May The Floss Be With You!

Pediatric Dental Care

on Monday, 11 April 2016. Posted in Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dental Care

Pediatric Dental Care

Baby Teeth

Ensure your child has healthy teeth and you can do that even before your baby is born!

Intervention to ensure the baby’s good health can begin when you are pregnant. A pregnant woman should drink tap water to bring fluoride ion to the developing fetus to make the teeth more cavity resistant. After birth, the infant should continue drinking fluoridated tap water as a supplement to breast milk or to dilute concentrated formula. If fluoridated water is unavailable, (Stamford water is fluoridated), fluoride supplement drops.

The primary or “baby” teeth begin to form at about 7 weeks in utero and usually appear when your baby is about 6-8 months old. The adult teeth also begin to form in utero, but the first adult teeth, the 6-year molars usually come into the mouth behind the baby molars when a child is about six or seven years old. The lower middle incisors are usually the first baby teeth to be lost and that usually occurs at about 6 1/2 to 7 years of age.


Teething is another concern, especially for first-time parents. As the teeth begin to push their way into the mouth, many babies tend to feel some discomfort.  Also, the gum tissue might swell and become tender.  The baby may be irritable and tend to drool. Often, just holding the baby might be enough to soothe and comfort. Teething rings or putting a clean, cool spoon on the gum may soothe the discomfort as well. Ask your dentist or pediatrician about commercial preparations and medicines that may be used to relieve teething discomfort. The good news is that teething symptoms will disappear once the teeth come into the mouth.

Never put your baby to bed with a bottle. In order to avoid “nursing bottle caries,” a condition that will rapidly decay the baby’s teeth, you must not put the baby to bed with a bottle.  The milk, formula, juice, or almost any drink except plain water, contains sugar.  At night, these sugary liquids tend to stay in the baby’s mouth rather than be swallowed.  Bacteria in the mouth turn the sugar into acid, which decays the teeth.

 When the teeth come into the mouth, they need to be cleaned daily.  In an infant and toddler, this can be accomplished with a clean, damp, soft cloth. When the child is around age 2, you should start teaching your child how to use a toothbrush.  Avoid using more than a very small drop of toothpaste until the child fully understands that toothpaste is to be spit out, not swallowed.  Carefully supervise a child’s tooth brushing from age 2 until the child is about 8-9 years old.  It is a good idea for an adult to actually brush the child’s teeth.  Be sure to scrub the fissures or grooves on the chewing surfaces of the teeth.  Begin to floss your child’s teeth when the primary molars (back teeth) appear. 

Children should begin visiting a dentist when they are 1-1/2 to 2 years old so that any possible problems or abnormalities can be detected early.  Also, it provides an opportunity for child to learn that visiting the dentist to have their teeth counted and brushed is a positive experience.

 Primary (baby) teeth

Primary teeth have a number of important functions and caring for baby teeth cannot be neglected

Primary teeth:

·       Allow the child to properly chew and digest their food.

·       Help the child learn to speak and articulate properly.

·       Holds space for the adult teeth which will succeed them. 

·       Maintain proper self-esteem. (Kids don’t like to look different)

Losing baby teeth at an early age can lead to severe crowding problems later.

Maintain Proper Diet

A proper diet is extremely important for oral health and for the proper development of your child.  Your child’s diet should include fruits and vegetables; meat, fish and eggs; three glasses of milk per day or the equivalent in yogurt or cheese; and breads and cereals. Sugary snacks should be avoided, especially sticky substances such as taffy, raisins, and jellybeans.  The sugars in the candy are converted to acid by the bacteria in the mouth and will cause tooth decay.

Questions?  Ask Dr. Jeffrey Cahn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 203-323-2882. 

Beautiful, White and Straight Teeth

on Thursday, 25 February 2016.

Beautiful, White and Straight Teeth

Stamford Dentist dr Cahn

Did you ever wonder how that television star got those beautiful, white, straight teeth? Where did she get that twenty year old looking smile?

In most cases, the answer is porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are custom made, very thin pieces that are bonded directly to your natural teeth. Veneers can be used to change the size, shape, and color of crooked or discolored teeth. Besides being very esthetic, they are also very strong and very colorstable. Only a very minimal amount of tooth preparation is required and the procedure takes a small amount of time. The veneers are individualised to your own specific needs by the dental laboratory and are usually bonded in place in two weeks.

Another important area of cosmetics is tooth whitening, which consists of a controlled application of agel to the teeth which whitens the tooth enamel. There are three ways that we can accomplish this: 

1 - Professional whitening strips 
2 - Take home whitening kits 
3 - In-office whitening.

The professional strips would be supplied by the office and are self-molded to the teeth to release thegel. They are worn for several consecutive days to the desired result.The take home kits are custom made trays to fit the individual teeth and are also worn for several days to get a gradual even result.The in-office whitening is an approximate ninety minute in chair procedure which rapidly whitens the teeth several shades.All three procedures will give comparable results, but there are two important things to keep in mind:

First, a professional cleaning should be done first to remove the external stain. 

Second, if the plan is todo veneers, crowns, or bonding to the front teeth, the whitening should be done first.

Oral Cancers

on Friday, 29 January 2016.

Oral Cancers

The statistics can seem frightening. The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers in the United States show that approximately 39,500 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer. Of this number an estimated 7,500 people will die of these cancers. While oral cancers are much more rare in the US than other forms of cancer, they are still of real concern. 

The most prevalent place for oral cancers is on the tongue and on the floor of the mouth below the tongue, although they can occur just about anywhere in the mouth. Also, cancers are more prevalent in smokers and alcohol users. 

The most important thing to remember: Early detection is the key to long term survival. Regular visits to the dentist is essential to evaluate if there is a suspicious lesion present and determine the proper procedure. If anything looks unusual, a brush biopsy will often be taken. This procedure is very similar to a PAP smear, where a small brush is run over the lesion and the cells obtained are examined under a microscope in a lab using computer-assisted technology. 

Other times, it might be determined that an actual biopsy is required for a better assessment. Either way, although rare, it is critical to detect oral cancer early to increase the likelihood of long term survival. 

Please call 203-323-2882 to get more information on how we can help you can maintain optimium oral health.

Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Stamford, CT

on Monday, 21 December 2015.

Traveling with Sleep Apnea

Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Stamford, CT 

Traveling with Sleep Apnea 

In my last blog, I wrote about the dangers of impaired driving due to sleepiness. There are other challenges for people with obstructive sleep apnea when travelling. 

If one is using CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) to treat their sleep apnea, they must deal with the fact that these machines are bulky, require electricity, and must be humidified. Because the machines must be plugged in and require distilled water, CPAP can’t be used on an overnight flight. Furthermore, getting through TSA security at airports with your CPAP machine can be a challenge. 

Even if one is staying local, but sleeping away from home, the CPAP machine does not travel easily. 

By contrast, oral appliances do not require electricity or water, and are small enough to fit in your pocket. They will not slow you down one’s travel! Because of their portability and convenience, our office often makes oral appliances for even for patients who primarily use CPAP therapy. This allows the appliances to treat their sleep apnea when traveling and sleeping away from home. 

Our office makes comfortable oral appliances for treating sleep apnea that will ensure a restful night of sleep. Even if CPAP is your treatment of choice, oral appliance therapy is a great backup therapy when travelling or away from home. 

Please call 203-323-2882 to get more information about oral appliances to treat obstructive sleep apnea.

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