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Dr. Mark Burhenne is a bestselling author and family dentist who has been in private practice for 30 years. His focus is preventative and functional care with patients who come to him from all over the world. He loves the profession of dentistry because restoring teeth to their original function and beauty is both an expression of art and helps others in a meaningful way.

Dr. Burhenne received his degree from the Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, which is consistently ranked as one of the best

It’s not commonly known that dentists are on the front lines of identifying potential sleep issues. Facial structure, teeth grinding and other oral signs are clear indicators of a sleep issue and ones for which doctors do not often check. Dr. B has helped thousands of patients identify and treat their sleep issues with oral appliances and general awareness.

Dr. B chose to join the Knit advisory panel because he believes the Knit technology is uniquely positioned to change the current standard for identifying sleep issues. The standard test to diagnose sleep issues is the polysomnograph (PSG), which is essentially a night spent in a sleep lab where one is hooked up to a number of electrodes and assessed based on that one night of uncomfortable sleep in an unfamiliar environment. But he sees Knit as having the potential to go beyond the PSG by providing greater visibility into the source of breathing issues as it tracks a person’s sleep over time from the comfort of their own home. Once the source of an issue has been detected, Knit users could then monitor the efficacy of changes they are making over time and share with their doctor for continuing treatment.

“Instead of a snapshot into someone’s sleep and not understanding if changes are actually resulting in improvements, Knit could provide a holistic picture of a person’s sleep in their own environment, which is invaluable information when it comes to sleep health.” - Dr. Burhenne

Dr. Burhenne is the author of AsktheDentist.com, which he co-founded with his daughter in 2010.

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