Oral Appliance Therapy Without Rigid Fixation. Comfort = Compliance

Bfit Sleep LLC is proud to announce the FDA 510K clearance of their full line of oral sleep appliances. The Bfit Sleep line of appliances was designed by some of the leading Sleep, Orthodontic and Dental professionals in the industry. The appliances offer a low profile, non-rigid design for easy fit and patient comfort. What sets these appliances apart from other industry competitors is its elegant simplicity and dynamic function. Due to the dynamic function, the traditional adjustment of appliances is not required, therefore reducing the number of office visits a patient will have to experience.

Using either the dynamic mild elastic or the spring pull during sleep while muscle atonia may occur, allows the patient the ability to “clench and replace” the jaw into a normal position once atonia subsides. This allows the patient to likely experience a reduction in pain or discomfort that may be experienced when using traditional fixed appliances. The ability for the patient to recover to a more natural position likely reduces sleep arousals and provides a more complete sleep architecture. The design offers dual layer technology, a soft inner layer that allows for some flexibility and a hard outer acrylic layer for strength. Bfit Sleep Appliances were designed with the professional input of two respected Dental and Orthodontic professionals, Dr. Emily Bandeen D.D.S. and Dr. Timothy Bandeen D.D.S., M.S. to specifically address the reduction of typical side effects of mandibular advancement with sore temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and unwanted bite and tooth movement experienced by some patients who use rigid fixed appliances.

Bfit Sleep is changing the landscape of the traditional rigid sleep appliance industry by offering a dynamic approach to mandibular advancement. “We consider the Bfit Sleep line of appliances to be an advanced generation of devices used in the treatment of Mild to Moderate Sleep Apnea,” said Chris Gillette, Inventor and Co-founder of Bfit Sleep, LLC. “Our engineered designs offer mild elastic or spring pull functionality that activates during the stages of sleep when muscle activity is lost. Giving the appliance a sense of Auto-Titration”.

We are excited to partner with Braebon Medical Corporation, leaders in patient sleep monitoring. Both the Bfit Sleep and Bfit Engage are FDA approved appliances that can be engineered with the DentiTrac Micro-Recorder. “The new auto-titrating Bfit is an exciting evolution in oral appliance design,” said Dr. Richard Bonato, BRAEBON CEO. “BRAEBON welcomes the introduction of DentiTrac into a novel oral appliance which does not require a bite registration.” he added. The Bfit line of appliances offers a comfortable, effective and portable alternative to individuals who have mild to moderate sleep apnea and may not be able to successfully use CPAP. Specifically, the appliances allow professionals in the transportation industry to be treated and show compliance of treatment while working in their field of transport.

Additionally, Bfit Sleep appliances are an effective and compliant combination therapy for CPAP users who need improved mask fit and possible pressure reduction in order to comply with the prescribed CPAP or BiPAP interface. Bfit stands for Better Facial Integrity Treatment, meaning better facial stability so that undesirable mask leaks are a thing of the past.

Bfit Sleep LLC is co-founded by partners Dr. Emily Bandeen D.D.S, Dr. Timothy Bandeen D.D.S, M.S. and Chris Gillette RPSGT. The Bfit line of appliances will launch and welcome orders starting in May, 2020. Appliance ordering will be available through Dental, Orthodontic or medical industry professionals. Appliances can be ordered direct through the Bfit website www.getabfit.com using the convenient online ordering system by providing digital scanning, mailing an alginate impression or models, or by requesting and utilizing the specially designed impression kit by Bfit Sleep LLC. Dentists, and Orthodontists will be able to register as a Bfit Sleep Appliance Provider and will be added into our database of Bfit providers world wide.

For more information on Bfit: https://www.facebook.com/bfitsnore/.

Bfit Sleep Appliances are going to change the landscape of Oral Appliance Therapy.

Professional Biographies: 

Inventor, Co-Founder Chris Gillette RPSGT | Chris Gillette is a Registered Polysomnographic Sleep Technologist and has been a sleep medicine professional since 2006 where he first discovered his love for patient care and the ever-changing landscape of sleep medicine. Chris began his career as a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist and went on to manage sleep centers working closely with physicians to achieve complete patient care. In 2015, Chris transitioned professionally to the Dental Sleep Medicine sector where he partnered with industry professionals in the development of a safe, effective, and comfortable sleep appliance that can offer an effective alternative to those who suffer from the inability to tolerate CPAP. Chris is the inventor of four United States Patents for Systems and Methods of Sleep Monitoring, one \Patent for a Diagnostic Testing Headband for sleep monitoring and Patents for the Bfit line of appliances.

As co-founder, inventor, and director of Bfit Chris’ core responsibilities include R&D innovation and design, FDA and regulatory standards, manufacturing quality control, sales and marketing and continuing education unit development. He strives to ensure that patients receive a complete circle of care in the industry of dental sleep medicine and serves as an ambassador of sleep health. Chris attended the University of Toledo studying Exercise Science and Elementary Education and was a member of the NCAA Division 1, Mid-American Conference Championship football team.

 

Co-Founder Dr. Emily Bandeen D.D.S. | Dr. Emily Bandeen D.D.S. is a general dentist from Chattanooga, TN. She attended The University of Richmond where she graduated with a B.A. in Religious Studies with a concentration in Ethics and a minor in Biology. Dr. Emily was an All American and All Conference for the Atlantic 10 in swimming. Also, while at The University of Richmond, she was a member of their NCAA Division I swim team. As a senior she was elected by her fellow swimmers to the position of team captain. She then went to The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry where she earned her D.D.S. in 2006. While at The University of Tennessee, she was a charter member of the local chapter of the American Association of Women Dentists where she served as chapter Secretary, Vice-President, and then President. In addition to being on the Dean’s list for the College of Dentistry, she was inducted into the “Imhotep Society” as recognition for the many leadership positions that she held while studying dentistry.

After dental school, she moved with her husband, Dr. Timothy Bandeen, to Battle Creek, MI where she worked at the Family Health Center of Battle Creek (now known as Grace Health) from 2006 to late 2009 and was a member of the National Health Service Corps. At the end of 2009, she resigned from the Family Health Center to take a full time position with Bandeen Orthodontics. Dr. Bandeen is a Fellow of the World Clinical Laser Institute, and her continuing education is focused on orthodontics using the Damon system and temporary anchorage devices (TADs) to aid in orthodontic treatment. Dr. Emily Bandeen is a past president of the Southwest Michigan Dental Society. She has also participated as a representative to the Michigan Dental Association House of Delegates on behalf of the Southwest Michigan Dental Society.

 

Co-Founder Dr Timothy Bandeen D.D.S, M.S. | Dr. Timothy Bandeen is an orthodontist from Battle Creek, MI. He attended Central Michigan University as a Centralis Scholar. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Central Michigan University with a B.S. in Biology and minor in Chemistry. He then completed his dental degree (D.D.S.) at The University of Michigan School of Dentistry where he graduated with honors and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honors society. After dental school, Dr. Timothy Bandeen went to The University of Tennessee for his specialty training in orthodontics and to complete his Masters degree. While at The University of Tennessee, he was awarded the James Powell Research Award for research that contributes to the Arts and Sciences of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics for his thesis “Effects of Sickle Cell Disease on Growth of the Craniofacial Complexes”.

After completing his residency, Dr. Timothy Bandeen worked with an orthodontic practice in Southaven, Mississippi. He also served as faculty at The University of Tennessee in the orthodontics department as a clinical instructor and as director of the graduate course in Cephalometrics and Radiology. Dr. Bandeen has been presenting nationally and internationally since 2012 on the topics of the Damon System, efficiency in orthodontic treatment, and Insignia™ Advanced Custom Smile Design™ (which has been the standard of care since January 2010 for Bandeen Orthodontics of Battle Creek).

Dr. Timothy Bandeen has also participated as a representative to the Michigan Dental Association House of Delegates on behalf of the Southwest Michigan Dental Society. Dr. Bandeen has been practicing in Battle Creek since May 2006.

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