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New Alternative Device for Treating Sleep Disorders

Mar 30, 2016 08:13AM

The Koala Center for Sleep Disorders – Biltmore is offering a 30-minute informational seminar, Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Snoring and TMJ with Oral Appliance Therapy, at 5 p.m., April 19, at their office in Phoenix.

Oral appliances are worn during sleep to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Similar to orthodontic retainers or sports mouth guards, oral appliance therapy involves the selection, design, fitting, use and professional titration of a custom-designed oral sleep appliance that is worn during sleep. The job of the oral appliance is to prevent the obstruction that occurs when the lower jaw, tongue and tissues in the back of the throat become relaxed during sleep and collapse into the narrow airway space.

Approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, oral appliance therapy is a non-surgical, non-pharmacological option which is a comfortable alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) approved for dental sleep medicine, oral appliance therapy, sleep apnea treatment and TMJ disorder treatment. It is covered by most medical insurances, Medicare, AHCCCS and VA Benefits.

Dr. Beth Hamann, DDS, and Dr. Shari Aftahi, DMD, have 50 years of combined experience in dentistry and advanced training in the treatment of sleep disorders. They provide comfortable treatment options for patients that suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, snoring and TMJ joint disorder, using non-invasive oral appliance therapy.

Admission is free. Location: 4235 N. 32nd St., Ste. A. For more information, call 602-357-9845 or visit

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