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At Dansville Dental Professionals, Dr. Daniel Jammal is dedicated to providing comfortable and effective solutions to patients struggling with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

As a Board Eligible Dentist with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Jammal aims to restore his patients’ overall wellbeing by improving their quality of sleep.

Dansville Dental Professionals offers a variety of services and customized solutions to ensure that each patient receives the most effective treatment:

  • Oral appliance treatment
  • In-home sleep testing
  • Oral examinations and risk assessment
  • Dietary counseling
 

The FACTS

Snoring:
Snoring is a common condition known to many of us for its disruptive side effects to the snorer and their bed-partner. When we fall asleep, the soft tissues of the mouth and throat relax, which collapses the airway causing loud tissue vibrations during breathing - this is known as snoring. Snorers (and their bed partners) often wake up feeling fatigued and unrefreshed which could point to a more serious problem. Oral soft tissue relaxation during sleep can be so severe that the airway becomes obstructed, depriving the body and vital organs of oxygen - this condition is known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It is estimated that half of all snorers also have Obstructive Sleep Apnea.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
It is estimated that roughly 40 million Americans suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and less than 10% of these people have been diagnosed. 

How it Happens: When the tongue and soft palate relax during sleep, the airway can become obstructed causing pauses in breathing (pauses can last from seconds to minutes in some cases).  Lack of air intake causes harmful drops in blood-oxygen levels. Low blood-oxygen forces the body to wake from sleep to reopen the airway.  These arousals from sleep can occur many times throughout the night, preventing the body from entering a normal sleep cycle.

Damaging Effects: The damaging effects of oxygen deprivation, and fragmented sleep caused by Obstructive Sleep Apnea have been well studied and include:

  • heart attack
  • congestive heart failure
  • hypertension
  • high blood pressure
  • stroke
  • metabolic syndrome
  • weight gain
  • diabetes
  • mood swings
  • acid reflux
  • sexual dysfunction
  • work and driving
    related accidents

Very High Risk of Heart Attack: Most patients are unaware of the long term damage taking place while they are asleep. Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea places patients at a much greater risk of heart attack than obesity, hypertension, and smoking. Sleep Apnea patients are 23.3 times more likely to have a heart attack.

What is an Oral Appliance?

An Oral Appliance is a lightweight, comfortable, mouthguard-like device which is worn on the upper and lower teeth during sleep. It functions to gently advance the lower jaw forward which prevents the soft tissue of the mouth from collapsing during sleep, maintaining an open airway.

An FDA-Approved Therapy
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has approved the Oral Appliance as first-line treatment for patients with mild or moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or for those who have failed attempts at using CPAP therapy.

Is it Effective?
Yes, due to its high degree of comfort and minimally invasive design, studies have found a high rate of compliance with this treatment, approaching 80%. Follow up studies are also encouraging, with most patients seeing a decrease in obstructed breathing and reporting an overall improvement in daytime fatigue and quality of life.

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Daniel Jammal, D.M.D.

Daniel Jammal, D.M.D.

As a teen, Dr. Jammal spent much of his free time in his mother’s dental practice. It was there that he gained an early appreciation and understanding for the doctor patient relationship, and the positive role that healthcare providers can play in the lives of their patients. His outgoing personality and fondness of working with people led him to work toward his goal of becoming a dentist.

While attending Boston University Dental School, he published and presented dental research at numerous international meetings and was awarded an Excellence in Oral Biology Designation from the American Association of Oral Biologists at graduation.

Since graduation in 2010, Dr. Jammal has enjoyed providing general dental care to his patients, and staying current with new advancements in the field. He has received additional training in Oral Surgery, Dental Implants, Oral Sedation, Invisalign, and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Therapy.

In his free time, he enjoys sailing, skiing, and spending time with family and friends.