Sleep Apnea specialist in Fairfield County
What is Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder, affecting nearly 1 in 8 individuals. 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. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the tongue and soft tissues fall back into the throat during sleep, completely blocking the airway. Similar to obstructive sleep apnea, hypopnea is a partial blockage of the airway during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea as well as hypopnea decrease the efficiency of sleep and are associated with daytime sleepiness. Obstructive sleep apnea also adversely affects cardiovascular health.
What treatments are available? Dr. Cahn is a diplomate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Working closely with pulmonologists who, through sleep studies, determine the severity of the condition and the patient’s needs, Dr. Cahn makes comfortable oral appliances to greatly reduce or eliminate apnea. Snoring is improved and often eliminated in almost 100 percent of patients who use oral appliances. He is one of the only dental sleep specialists in stamford and fairfield county.
Oral Appliance Therapy Oral appliance therapy involves the selection, design, fitting and use of an oral appliance that, when worn during sleep, maintains an opened and unobstructed airway in the throat. Oral appliances that treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are worn in the mouth, similar to orthodontic retainers or sports mouth-guards. Oral appliances work by repositioning the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and uvula and stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue.