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A Sleep Dentistry Specialist Joins Auburn Dental Group

Posted on: March 19th, 2024 | Categories: Sleep Medicine

You may have noticed a new face on our dental team page: a sleep dentistry specialist. This addition marks a significant leap forward in our dental office’s goal of offering comprehensive dental care. Our dentists want to address not only routine dental needs but also cater to patients that have sleep-related disorders and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues that can be treated with oral appliances.

Worcester sleep apnea specialist Dr. Lobo Lobo

The Emergence of a Sleep Dentistry Specialist at Auburn Dental Group

The addition of a Sleep Dentistry Specialist to Auburn Dental Group’s team underlines the practice’s commitment to staying at the forefront of dental innovation. Sleep dentistry, also known as dental sleep medicine, is a specialized field that addresses sleep-related breathing disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and other related conditions that can impact one’s overall health and quality of life. With the recognition of the profound impact of sleep disorders on overall health and the simple oral appliance that can help treat it, Auburn Dental Group’s decision to introduce a dedicated specialist in this area demonstrates their dedication to holistic patient care.

Understanding the Role of a Sleep Dentistry Specialist

So, what exactly does a sleep dentistry specialist do? In essence, they are a dental professionals who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of sleep-related breathing disorders and associated dental issues. These specialists possess a deep understanding of the complex relationship between oral anatomy and sleep, enabling them to offer tailored solutions to patients suffering from sleep disorders like OSA.

In order to treat sleep apnea, a sleep dentistry specialist will perform:

  1. Diagnosis: Conducting thorough assessments, including a sleep study and CT scan of the mouth and airway area, to identify sleep-related breathing disorders and their underlying causes.
  2. Treatment Planning: Devising personalized treatment plans that may involve oral appliance therapy, lifestyle modifications, or collaborative care with other healthcare professionals.
  3. Appliance Therapy: Prescribing and custom-fitting oral appliances, to help alleviate symptoms and improve sleep quality.
  4. Follow-up and Monitoring: Providing ongoing support, follow-up care, and adjustments to ensure the effectiveness and comfort of treatment modalities.

By specializing in sleep dentistry, Auburn Dental Group’s new dentist offers patients a comprehensive approach to addressing sleep-related issues, thereby improving their overall health and well-being.

The Synergy of Skills: TMJ Therapy and Sleep Dentistry

In addition to treating snoring and sleep apnea, the specialist also created appliances for TMJ treatment. This combination may not be as outlandish as it might first appear.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a complex structure that connects the jaw to the skull, and dysfunction in this joint can lead to a myriad of symptoms, including jaw pain, headaches, and restricted jaw movement. The same process that is used to place the mouth in the right position for improved airway flow and sleep can be used to place the mouth in the right position to alleviate TMJ pain. This convergence of expertise allows for a holistic approach to patient care, where the treatment of TMJ disorders is seamlessly integrated with sleep dentistry protocols.

By addressing both TMJ issues and sleep-related breathing disorders, the specialist at Auburn Dental Group can provide comprehensive solutions that not only alleviate symptoms but also enhance the overall quality of life for patients.

If you live in or near Worcester and are looking for a TMJ or sleep apnea specialist we would bee glad to welcome you into our practice. Don’t hesitate to call or book a consultation with our sleep dentistry specialist online.

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