Dr. Daar is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. One of 11 in the State of Connecticut and there are only a few hundred in the country. He is also a Diplomate of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy. This level of Dental Sleep education and training sets him apart from others making Snoring and Sleep Apnea appliances.
Dr. Daar began practicing dentistry in 1982. Like most dentists he made the occasional snore guard at the request of a patient whose spouse or sleep partner couldn’t put up with the noise. In recent years and after numerous continuing education courses, it became apparent to Dr. Daar that this appliance wasn’t doing his patients a true service. "I soon realized that helping a patient quit snoring with an appliance without testing for Sleep Apnea was like turning off a smoke alarm while the fire was still roaring. Snoring in most cases was an outward sign that a patient was suffering from some degree of the life threatening disease Sleep Apnea. From that day on we no longer randomly made snoring mouthpieces."
Wishing to learn more about Sleep Breathing Disorders, Dr. Daar and his staff began focusing their continuing education on courses to understand, screen, and treat Sleep Apnea. Dr. Daar actually attended his first Sleep Apnea course for Dentistry at Tufts University in 1996! Dr. Daar joined the two major Dental Sleep Disorder organizations and followed them closely. He brought in experts to train his team both at seminars and in the office. Dr. Daar and his team continually make the effort to visit Sleep Study Centers throughout the area to better understand their needs. Dr. Daar also makes a point of meeting with the affiliated Sleep Doctors to make sure that everyone is on the same page. It takes a team effort to treat a Sleep Apnea patient.
Recognizing that possibly a third (33%) of the population suffers from some degree of Sleep Apnea, it became standard protocol to screen all patients in the dental office. The investment was made to purchase the technology needed to screen and fabricate the best oral medical devices possible for treating sleep apnea. Those patients that appeared to have the disease were then referred to a Sleep Specialist for Polysomnograhy (Sleep Study) or in limited cases given a home sleep study through our office. Soon sleep and snoring treatment was a part of every day's schedule. Within a short time physicians, sleep doctors and other patients were seeking us out for treatment.
To better serve the needs of these patients, we have opened an office dedicated to treating Sleep Apnea and Snoring issues. This new facility will screen for Sleep Apnea and refer out when indicated. In addition it will be the site where we can use our technology and equipment to fit our patients with effective oral appliances. We then confirm that our appliance is creating a healthier situation using home sleep study to evaluate the results. We can then refer the patient back to the referring Physician and Sleep Doctor. We share our progress all along the way with the patient's doctors in order to guarantee the best treatment possible.
Dr. Daar has been practicing Dentistry in Manchester Connecticut since 1982. He has a satellite practice in Old Saybrook, Connecticut since 2012. His interest in Sleep Apnea and Sleep Breathing disorders has changed the direction of his practice. His goal is to primarily focus on screening and treating Sleep Apnea patients with Oral Appliances. Dr. Daar recently opened an office space in Manchester dedicated to treating only Sleep Apnea and Snoring patients.
Kim has over 25 years helping patients with their Medical (Dental) insurance. Kim handles the predetermination of benefits and claims, making sure you get the most out of your insurance. She will follow through on each aspect of your treatment from consultation to follow ups after delivery of your appliance. She also can guide you to your best payment choices and financing options. Kim attends continuing education in both Sleep Apnea and Medical billing to insure that she understands your needs.
We are here to guide you to a healthy and happy sleep. Come in for a free consultation if you are looking for more information. Make an appointment if you are ready to seek our services and make an appliance for you.
1. To provide the public with a brief introduction to Sleep Apnea. It is not intended as a comprehensive study on the subject. We hope that it brings awareness to those who themselves or close ones have symptoms of this serious health hazard. We hope it motivates people to take action and maybe we can save some lives and create a healthier community.
2. To be recognized by potential patients and the medical sleep community as a provider of Oral Sleep Apnea and snoring appliances. Our goal is to provide a means to lessen or eliminate the harmful effects of Sleep Apnea working as a team with the patient's primary care physician and sleep specialist.