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March 24, 2013

Okla. dental facility earns accreditation

NORMAN — Craniofacial Pain, TMJ and Sleep of Oklahoma recently received facility accreditation from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, joining an elite group of centers around the nation recognized for proficiency, professionalism and procedural excellence regarding the treatment of patients with sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing.

The AADSM is the only nonprofit national professional society dedicated exclusively to the practice of dental sleep medicine. Dental sleep medicine focuses on the management of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea through the use of oral appliance therapy — an effective alternative treatment for patients who refer it to CPAP. Once a patient is diagnosed with OSA by a board-certified sleep physician, a dentist trained in dental sleep medicine can provide treatment with oral appliance therapy.

“The accreditation program was developed to define excellence in dental sleep medicine,” said B. Gail Demko, DMD, president of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. “Patience and referring physicians can have peace-of-mind when working with an accredited facility, knowing that the facility has proven, recognized excellence in every aspect of care.”

In order to become accredited, facilities must meet quality measures outlined in the AADSM’s Standards for Accreditation of Dental Sleep Medicine Facilities. These standards detail expectations for the proficiency of a facility’s dental director and staff; practice of policies and procedures to oversee the acceptance, documentation and billing of patients; and professionalism of consumer care, follow-up, service and safety.

“Physicians and dentists can work together to provide effective, alternative treatment options for sleep apnea patients,” said Dr. Demko. “Physicians looking for distinguished dental partners should consult the AADSM website to find an accredited facility in their area.”

For Dr. Robert L. Talley and his Norman facility, the program represents an opportunity to distinguish the facility and increase local understanding and acceptance of dental sleep medicine.

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