Diplomate Status for Treating Sleep Apnea - News Release



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Improving Health: Bartlesville Dentist Offers a Better Night’s Sleep

New American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine Diplomate, Dr. Ron Hart D.D.S., Treats Sleep Apnea, Snoring


(Bartlesville, Oklahoma) July 23, 2014, - Local dentist Dr. Ron Hart is now helping Bartlesville residents get a more restful night's sleep. Dr. Hart 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 continue 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 Bartlesville residents are unaware that an effective - and comfortable - alternative treatment is available," said Dr. Hart.  "I'm committed to using my knowledge of dental sleep medicine to help treat my patient's snoring and sleep apnea, and provide Bartlesville 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. Hart. "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. Hart is located at 2320 E. Nowata Place. Patients with loud snoring and diagnosed sleep apnea sufferers with difficulty tolerating CPAP should contact Dr. Hart at 918-336-3344 to schedule a consultation appointment. Dr. Hart works closely with sleep physicians to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. 


About Dr. Ron Hart

Dr. Hart started practicing in Bartlesville two years after his graduation from the University of Oklahoma in 1988.  He believes that continuing education is critical.  He has attended numerous courses over the years and invested several years studying at the world-renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.  Dr. Hart was hand selected to serve as an instructor at the Institute, teaching dentists from around the world about modern dental techniques.  Most recently, after four years of attending classes, submitting case studies, and taking board examinations, Dr. Hart achieved Diplomate status in the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine  and Fellowship status in the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain.


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 www.aadsm.org or call the national office at (630) 737-9705 for more information.