Hello – My name is Nojan Bakhtiari, and I am the new Chief of Dental Sleep Medicine here at ProHEALTH Dental in Lake Success. My role is to help manage snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy (also known as MADs or oral sleep appliances). I am excited to be part of the collaborative ProHEALTH Dental team, working directly with Dr. Lawrence Shulman, the Medical Chief of Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine. Working closely on one team together, we are able to provide optimal care for our patients so they can get the full restful night of sleep that they deserve.
Getting a consistent good night’s sleep is much more important than people may think. It can truly affect your overall health, overall performance and the quality of your life. Although CPAPs are the most often recommended solution for sleep apnea patients, they are not always practical for every patient. Some common complaints include dry nasal passages, skin irritation and accidently removing the mask while tossing around at night. For patients like this, we may recommend something different like an oral appliance. Oral appliances can help manage sleep apnea and snoring without the need for surgery or CPAP. An oral sleep appliance is designed and custom fitted to maintain an open and unobstructed airway while sleeping. The appliance keeps the lower jaw and tongue forward, preventing it from falling back and obstructing the airway. The appliance is similar to a plastic mouth guard, however, has some additional features. Patients report that they can be much more comfortable than wearing the mask that comes with the CPAP machine. Furthermore, oral appliances are portable and easy to carry for frequent travelers.
Last month Dr. Shulman and I hosted our very first Seminar: Addressing the Epidemic of Sleep Apnea/Snoring & How Oral Sleep Appliances Can Help. There we spoke about all available forms of sleep treatments, and provided individual case scenarios and solutions.
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