11 Jun Spotlight on the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)
If you’ve been struggling with snoring and unable to find relief, or you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and having trouble using a CPAP machine, then chances are you’ve been referred by a sleep physician to a dentist that practices dental sleep medicine. Dentists that practice dental sleep medicine are members of the AADSM, but what exactly is the AADSM?
The AADSM is a non-profit professional society, established in 1991, solely committed to ensuring that the most up-to-date research and training are provided to dentists using oral appliance therapy (OAT) in dental sleep medicine.
With more than 3,000 members worldwide comprised of students, researchers, and dentists, there is constant exploration being done to achieve the AADSM’s mission to not only enhance treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders with oral appliances, but also to expand patient education and continuously develop an improved standard of care for screening and treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders in partnership with certified sleep physicians.
Qualified Dentist Designation
Dental sleep medicine is not usually part of standard dental education, but dentists who become members of this society seek out additional education to enhance their practice. Once a dentist has demonstrated their knowledge in dental sleep medicine, and shown they are focused on supporting the AADSM’s mission, they can achieve the designation of Qualified Dentist. This means you can be sure you are in capable hands and will receive treatment from a knowledgeable dentist.
Within the AADSM, there is also the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM). Dentists who have completed the AADSM Mastery Program, have proven their competence in dental sleep medicine, and complete continuing education receive the designation of Diplomate of the ABDSM. With continuous training, Diplomates aim to provide the best quality of care for your condition.
Dr. John R. Carson, DDS is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and can help you sleep easier with the use of a custom dental appliance. To explore more about snoring or sleep apnea treatment in Tucson, call (520) 514-7203.