I’m committed to using my knowledge of dental sleep medicine to help treat my patient’s snoring and sleep apnea, and provide Seattle and Tukwila residents with a better night’s rest
Seattle, WA (PRWEB) June 23, 2015
Local dentist Lance Timmerman DMD is also helping Seattle and Tukwila residents get a more restful night’s sleep. Dr. Timmerman at Fort Dent Smile Source recently became an American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) Diplomate. ABDSM is the board for the leading national organization for dentists who treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy, an effective alternative treatment to the standard continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Earning Diplomate status from the ABDSM is a unique honor that recognizes special competency in dental sleep medicine.
“Sleeping with a CPAP machine, which includes a face mask, tubing and a constantly running motor, can be difficult, and many Seattle residents are unaware that an effective – and comfortable – alternative treatment is available,” said Dr. Timmerman. “I’m committed to using my knowledge of dental sleep medicine to help treat my patient’s snoring and sleep apnea, and provide Seattle and Tukwila residents with a better night’s rest.”
While CPAP is the standard treatment for sleep apnea, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine estimates up to 50 percent of sleep apnea patients do not comply with or tolerate CPAP. In contrast to a CPAP machine, oral appliances are a mouth guard-like device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway. Patients like oral appliance therapy because it is comfortable, easy to wear, quiet, portable and easy to care for.
“Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option that offers a higher rate of patient compliance than CPAP,” said Dr. Timmerman. “I work with my patients, and their sleep physicians, to identify the right oral appliance device, custom fit devices to each patient and make any needed adjustments to ensure an open airway and a more restful sleep.”
Dr. Timmerman is located at 7100 Fort Dent Way #270, Tukwila, WA 98188. Patients with loud snoring and diagnosed sleep apnea sufferers with difficulty tolerating CPAP should contact Dr. Timmerman at 206-241-5533 to schedule a consultation appointment. Dr. Timmerman works closely with sleep physicians to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
About Lance Timmerman
Dr. Timmerman is an American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine Diplomate. A Kirkland native, he started his dental education at Oregon Health and Sciences University and continues to master his profession with hundreds of hours of continued education beyond the minimum requirement each year. In addition to general dental care, he offers specialty treatment and has advanced certification in dental implants, orthodontics, smile makeovers, and snoring/sleep apnea therapy. He lectures and teaches OTHER dentists how to do what he does and serves in many leadership capacities. Married to his wife Holly, they have three beautiful daughters that keep them both very busy.
About The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) is the only non-profit national professional society dedicated exclusively to the practice of dental sleep medicine. The AADSM provides educational resources for dentists and promotes the use of oral appliance therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing. Established in 1991, the AADSM has nearly 3,000 member dentists worldwide. Visit http://www.aadsm.org or call the national office at (630) 737-9705 for more information.