New York, NY (PRWEB) September 05, 2012
Dr. Nancy Addy announces that her office, Dental Sleep Options, a treatment center for snoring, sleep apnea and CPAP intolerance in Leawood, Kansas has become accredited by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM).
Dental Sleep Options is the first office in Kansas City, and the 15th office in the United States to meet all the accreditation requirements of the AADSM in patient care, records and training. The AADSM is a professional membership organization that provides educational resources for dentists and promotes the use of oral appliance therapy for the treatment of sleep-disordered breathing.
"The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine congratulates Dental Sleep Options on fulfilling the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a dental sleep medicine facility," said Dr. Gail Demko, AADSM president. "Dental Sleep Options is a significant resource to the local sleep medicine community and will provide the highest quality care for patients with sleep-disordered breathing."
To receive three-year accreditation, a dental sleep medicine facility must meet or exceed all standards for professional practice and patient care as designated by the AADSM. Those standards include the continuing education of staff; a developed set of policies and procedures for accepting, treating and billing patients; and adherence to approved standards for safety, customer service and patient follow-up.
Dental sleep medicine is a growing segment of dentistry that focuses on managing snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy (OAT) – an effective alternative to the standard continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. Once a patient is diagnosed with primary snoring or obstructive sleep apnea by a board-certified sleep physician, a dentist trained in dental sleep medicine can provide treatment with OAT.
OAT uses a "mouth guard-like" device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway. OAT devices prevent the airway from collapsing by either holding the tongue or supporting the jaw in a forward position. The devices are also quiet, portable and easy to care for.
"We are excited and honored by this accreditation," said Dr. Addy. "The accreditation has validated our efforts to provide the best dental sleep medicine possible."
About Snoring Isn't Sexy, LLC
Snoring Isn't Sexy, LLC was founded in 2008 by Laurence I. Barsh, DMD, a dentist who has been involved with sleep medicine since 1992 and who now devotes full time to educating the public about dentistry's role and responsibility in the recognition and management of snoring and sleep apnea. Dr. Barsh and the dentists associated with Snoring Isn't Sexy, LLC feel strongly that management of sleep-breathing disorders is a shared responsibility of both the medical and dental professions.
Snoring Isn't Sexy, LLC consists of independently owned and operated affiliated offices. Visit http://www.SnoringIsntSexy.com for a directory of all participating dentists or our dedicated Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/findsleepapneadentist.
Dr. Addy can be reached for comment at her Leawood, KS office by email at naddy(at)kc.rr(dot)com or by phone at (913) 491-6282