New York, NY (PRWEB) September 14, 2012
Dr. John Tucker announces that his office, Erie Dental Sleep Therapy, a treatment center for snoring, sleep apnea and CPAP intolerance in Erie, Pennsylvania has been granted dental sleep medicine facility accreditation status by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Erie Dental Sleep Therapy is the first office in Erie, and the 8th 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 accreditation program was developed to define excellence in dental sleep medicine and to establish standards that can be embraced and championed nationwide,” said B. Gail Demko, DMD, president of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. “Patients and referring physicians appreciate the peace-of-mind that comes from knowing their dental sleep medicine facility has proven, recognized excellence in every aspect of care.”
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.
"I am honored that we have achieved accreditation for our office," said Dr. Tucker in a recent interview. "This is an important step in maintaining the high level of professional treatment we provide for our patients as well as letting the medical community know that we are a valid partner in the treatment of those patients that are CPAP intolerant."
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.
John Tucker, DMD can be reached for comment at his office at 3736 Sterrettania Road in Erie, Pennsylvania by phone (814-836-7777) or by email to jtucker (at) tuckerdentalexcellence(dot)com.