Dental Sleep Medicine is one of the most exciting medical-dental connections and is an integral part of the "sleep team". It focuses on the management of Sleep-related Breathing Disorders, which includes snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), along with oral appliance therapy and upper airway surgery. It is extremely gratifying to be able to help an astonishing 50-70 million Americans who are experiencing sleep-related breathing disorders, people who are undiagnosed, or untreated to breath better, sleep better, and to see their quality of life improve greatly by providing an effective and comfortable treatment modality.
Dental Sleep Medicine is practiced by dentists, however, it is more than general dentistry. Oral Appliance Therapy should be performed by qualified dentists, who have extended education, knowledge, and hands-on training. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (www.aasmnet.org) recommends oral appliance therapy practitioners are those who are Board Certified as Diplomates of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine or others who have undertaken comprehensive training in sleep medicine and/or sleep-related breathing disorders with an emphasis on the scientific literature and the use of an appropriate protocol for diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up.
The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (www.aadsm.org) is a professional organization of more than 2,600 dentists worldwide. The AADSM promotes research and the clinical use of oral appliances and upper airway surgery for the treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and loud snoring, and provides training and resources for dentists and other professionals who work directly with patients, and sets Standard of Care./p>
Oral Appliance Therapy involves the selection of the appliance, fabrication, fitting, adjustments, and long term follow-up care and management of potential complications such as malocclusion and temporomandibular joint dysfunction. These custom-designed oral devices are worn during sleep to reposition the mandible and tongue base anteriorly to enlarge and stabilize the oropharyngeal airway.
Dr. Kim, the director of the TMJ Head & Neck Pain Center, is certified as a Diplomate from the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. This certification as a Diplomate represents a professional commitment to education, knowledge, and skill in the areas of dental sleep medicine and oral appliance therapy. Diplomates are recognized by patients, colleagues, and professional organizations in both medicine and dentistry as having met the highest level of knowledge and clinical competence in the field of dental sleep medicine.
TMJ Head & Neck Pain Center welcomes referrals from all health practitioners and individuals who wish to treat or manage loud snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with an oral appliance, who are seeking a second opinion, or who have problems with CPAP or surgery.
TMJ, Head & Neck Pain Center would love to meet you and your family and provide you with the Sleep Apnea & TMJ care you need to give you the well being you deserve!