Midwest Dental Sleep Center Accredited by the
American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Recognizes Midwest Dental Sleep Center for Excellence

(Woodridge, IL) January 30th, 2013 – Midwest Dental Sleep Center recently received facility accreditation from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), 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. All three Midwest Dental Sleep Center locations were accredited by the AADSM, Chicago, Oak Brook and Shorewood.

The AADSM is the only non-profit 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. 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. “Patients 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.

“The recognition from the AADSM is quite an achievement for our practice. Our entire team is proud to be recognized for the high level of quality care we provide to our patients. As we approach our tenth year in operation; we’ll remain dedicated to our patients and to the excellent physicians that have trusted us over the years,” said Scott Craig, CEO of Midwest Dental Sleep Center. “The accreditation also serves as a great tool for us as we continue to solidify our practice as a global leader in dental sleep medicine.”

“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.”

Midwest Dental Sleep Center has three locations, please visit MidwestDentalSleepCenter.com or contact the office directly for more information. Medical insurance is accepted, ensuring patients are provided with in-network rates.

  • Chicago Location: 150 E. Huron, Suite 1103 - Chicago, IL 60611 - Phone: 312-676-9893
  • Oak Brook Location: 120 Oakbrook Center, Suite 726 - Oak Brook, IL 60523 - Phone: 630-218-1920
  • Shorewood Location: 220 Channahon St. - Shorewood, IL 60404 - 815-483-2980

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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 more than 3,000 member dentists worldwide. Visit www.aadsm.org or call the national office at (630) 737-9705 for more information.

There's lots of information available online about sleep, sleep disorders and the myriad ways to treat them. This one, from todayhealth.com, is quaintly appropriate as we head into the holiday season.
(copied from: http://todayhealth.today.com/_news/2012/09/17/13920866-heres-a-weight-loss-tip-for-you-get-some-sleep?lite)
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In common weight-loss advice, "get more sleep," should figure just as prominently as "eat less" and "move more," two researchers in Canada argue.

There is strong evidence that lack of sleep is contributing to the obesity epidemic, they said, and factors that contribute to obesity that have been given less attention than diet and exercise may at least partly explain why weight-loss efforts fail, according to the researchers.

"Among the behavioural factors that have been shown to impede weight loss, insufficient sleep is gaining attention and recognition," the researchers write in their editorial published today (Sept. 17) in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

The researchers pointed to a 2010 study in which participants were randomly assigned to sleep either 5.5 hours or 8.5 hours every night for 14 days. They all cut their daily calorie intake by 680 calories, and slept in a lab. Participants who slept for 5.5 hours lost 55 percent less body fat, and 60 percent more of their lean body mass than those who slept for longer.

In other words, the sleep-deprived people held onto their fat tissue, and instead lost muscle.

In another study, published in July, researchers looked at 245 women in a six-month weight loss program and found that those who slept more than seven hours a night, and those who reported better quality sleep, were 33 percent more likely to succeed in their weight-loss efforts.

In a large analysis of the link, researchers looked at 36 studies, including 635,000 people around the world, and found that adults who didn't get enough sleep were 50 percent more likely to be obese, and children who didn't get enough sleep were 90 percent more likely to be obese, compared with those who got more sleep.

People's success in weight-loss programs varies greatly, and including advice about sleep in weight-loss programs could improve success rates, the researchers said. While the exact way that losing sleep may contribute to obesity is not understood, studies have shown that lack of sleep affects the parts of the brain that control pleasure eating. It's also been shown that levels of the hormones leptin, ghrelin, cortisol and orexin — all of which are involved in appetite or eating — are affected by lack of sleep, the researchers said.

Health care providers might be better able to help their overweight and obese patients by screening for sleep disorders, according to researchers Jean-Philippe Chaput, of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, and Angelo Tremblay, of Laval University in Quebec.

Future research should look at ways that people could get more sleep — for example, by decreasing the amount of time they spend on other activities such as watching TV in the evening — and see whether getting more sleeps affects weight-loss efforts.

"Successful weight management is complicated, and a good understanding of the root causes of weight gain and barriers to weight management is essential to success," the researchers said.

While getting more sleep is not the solution for everyone who is struggling to lose weight, "an accumulating body of evidence suggests that sleeping habits should not be overlooked when prescribing a weight-reduction program to a patient with obesity."

June and July have been very busy with news about the Affordable Care Act.

Midwest Dental Sleep Center has been following the provisions of PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) for several years. As more information comes available each day, we are working diligently to ensure each patient is receiving the maximum care they deserve.

The first impact we saw was the elimination of Lifetime Maximums for Essential Health Benefits. Previously, plans could limit the benefit they would reimburse for. Oftentimes, we found that patients were left financially obligated for treatment because of the small amount insurance companies would allocate for these services. Since the Lifetime Maximum has been prohibited, many patients are now able to receive the treatment they need.

The second impact we saw was the elimination of pre-existing clauses. This has helped many of our patients gain coverage with individual insurance plans that are affordable and cover Oral Appliance Therapy with no waiting period. Another impact we saw was the allowance of dependents to remain covered on their parents' plan until age 26. Since Oral Appliance Therapy is generally recommended for individuals over the age of 18, we saw young adults with OSA who were left untreated due to the financial burden of being uninsured/under-insured. In 2010, PPACA provisions enabled many dependents, like college-bound students, to keep their coverage and receive the care they needed.

Many more changes are forthcoming, such as the elimination of lifetime maximums on policies as a whole, deductible maximums, and insurance exchanges at the state level. If you have questions about your coverage, please call our office and we will be happy to help.