Austin Apnea & Snoring Therapy

Martin Denbar, DDS
Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (24 years)
Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, Texas A&M School of Medicine
General Dentist

Our office is an in-network credentialed medical provider with most major medical insurance companies. These insurance carriers and plans are Scott & White Healthplan, Aetna, Cigna, Humana, United Healthcare, TRICARE and Seton Healthcare. We also work with Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Select and other insurance carriers to provide our patients with most extensive medical insurance coverage in Central Texas. Dr. Denbar is also a Medicare provider.


About Martin Denbar, DDS

Dr. DenbarDr. Martin Denbar is a native Texan, born and raised in Houston. He graduated from Bellaire High School in 1969 and received his undergraduate education at the University of Houston. While attending the University of Houston he was a member of the National Biology Honor Society, International Premedical Honor Society, Freshman-Sophomore National Honor Society and PHI KAPPA PHI Honor Society. He received his postgraduate education at the University of Texas Dental School in Houston and graduated in 1975. Dr. Denbar has been married for 37 years to the same wonderful lady and has six grandchildren that keep him and his wife busy.

In 1972 he joined the United States Naval Reserve and upon graduation he served with the United States Navy Dental Corps at Camp Pendleton, California and with the Third Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan. During his tour of duty in Japan, he was the battalion dentist for the Second Division, Ninth Regiment Fleet Marine Force in the northern pacific for 5 months.

Since his honorable discharge in 1977, Dr. Denbar has been in private practice practicing comprehensive and cosmetic dentistry. For the last nearly 5 years Dr. Denbar has limited is practice to treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea with oral appliances.

In 1995 Dr. Denbar entered the new field of Oral Appliance Therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea and introduced the therapy to the Central Texas area. Since that time he has helped to develop this field as a past Board of Director of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, lecturer, publisher and teacher to medical and dental students, physicians and dentists.

Dr. Denbar has over 23 years experience treating the simplest to most severe cases of sleep apnea. As an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Texas A&M School of Medicine, he will be instructing medical students about Oral Appliance Therapy.

Published Professional Papers:

Case report: Utilization of the Thornton Adjustable Positioner in maintaining the airway for a child with obstructive apnea, micrognathia, and cerebral palsy. [Case Reports, Journal Article] Tex Dent J 1998 Oct; 115(10):21-2.

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Case Report: A Case Study Involving the Combination Treatment of an Oral Appliance and Auto-Titrating C-PAP Unit. Sleep and Breathing, volume 6, number 3, 2002.

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“A Case Study Using Hybrid Therapy to Treat a Patient with Obstructive and Central Sleep Apnea”. In cooperation with Gregg Essick, DDS, PhD Professor, Department of Prosthodontics and Center for Neurosensory Disorders, University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. June 2012, Sleep Review, Journal for Sleep Specialists

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"Obstructive Sleep Apnea, The Dentist and Two Case Reports" [(Feature Journal Article] Tex Dent J 1997 Feb; 114(2):19-20.

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"Treatment of 2 Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea Cases with T.A.P. Dental Appliance" Sleep Disorders Dental Society Report 1996 Sept.

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“Dental Clinicians’ Observations of Combination Therapy in PAP-Intolerant Patients”, Sleep Review, March 2015, In cooperation with Anne E. Sanders, MS, PhD, MS; John White, DDS, DABDSM; Ronald S. Prehn, DDS, DABDSM; Robert R. Rogers III, DMD, DABDSM; Thomas Pardue, BA; Max Schweizer, BS; and Greg K. Essick, DDS, PhD

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“A Restorative Technique for the Severe Partial Edentulous and Fully Edentulous CPAP Resistant Patient.” Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine. 2017;4 (1):11–13.

Speaking Engagements:

  1. Austin Community College School of Dental Hygiene, "The RDH - A Member of the Sleep Disorders Treatment Team". November 2010.

  2. Austin Heart, August 2011 "Oral Appliance Therapy for the Treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing"

  3. Central Texas Dental Society Meeting November 2011: "Dental Sleep Medicine, From the Basics to how it Impacts Your Practice"

  4. Texas Society of Sleep Professionals State Meeting November 2011: "Oral Appliance Therapy for the Treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing".

  5. Texas State University graduate Polysomnography program annual guest lecturer April 2012, 2013, 2014. Oral Appliance Therapy lecture and instruction.

  6. University of Texas School of Dentistry, Houston, February 3, 2012,"Dental Sleep Medicine: An Overview, Treatment Protocol, Complications and Case Presentations".

  7. Texas Sleep Conference, 6th Annual Seminar Presented by the Texas Society for Respiratory Care, May 2012, " Non PAP Devices, Is There a Place for Them".

  8. University of Alabama School of Dentistry, August 24, 2012, "Dental Sleep Medicine: An Overview, Treatment Protocol, Complications and Case Presentations"

  9. Texas Nurse Practitioners’ 24th Annual Conference, September 6 – 9, 2012, “Apnea Therapy Using Oral Appliances, Is There a Place for Them?"

  10. University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Dentistry, October 19, 2012 “Dental Sleep Medicine: An Overview, Treatment Protocol, Complications and Case Presentations"

  11. University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing, November 6 &19, 2012, "Sleep Apnea Treatment using Oral Appliance Therapy, Is There a Place for Them" (Guest lecturer to Nurse Practitioner students and faculty.)

  12. Central Texas Physicians Assistants Society, December 11, 2012, “Non- PAP Devices, Is There a Place for Them".

  13. "The Clinical and Billing Aspect of Dental Sleep Medicine, Emphasis on the Thornton Adjustable Positioner", A private, proprietary seminar given in my office for doctors from around the nation. 2011 - Present.

  14. University of Mississippi School of Dentistry, April 5, 2013, "Dental Sleep Medicine: An Overview, Treatment Protocol, Complications and Case Presentations"

  15. Grand Rounds St. David's Hospital Austin, Texas, May 14, 2013, “Non-PAP Devices, Is There a Place for Them"

  16. American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine National Convention, May 31, 2013, "Oral Appliance Therapy with Positive Airway Pressure, Managing the Previously Unmanageable Patient".

  17. Texas Nurse Practitioners’ 25th Annual Conference, “Sleep Apnea Therapy using Oral Appliances, Is There a Place for Them?” Sept. 26, 2013

  18. University of Missouri School of Dentistry, November 16, 2013, "Dental Sleep Medicine: An Overview, Treatment Protocol, Complications and Case Presentations"

  19. Southern Sleep Society, April 4-6 Memphis, Tn., 2014, "Controversies using Oral Appliance Therapy for the Dentist and Physician treating Sleep Apnea"

  20. Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine National Convention, May 29, 2014, "The Difficult Case: What is It, Understanding It and Case Presentations".

  21. International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology National Meeting, September 12, 2014, "Sleep Disordered Breathing, & Oral Appliances What Should We Evaluate, Consider and be Knowledgeable About to be an Effective Clinician".

  22. Texas Society of Sleep Professionals, Sept. 20, 2014, "Oral Appliance Therapy-2014 What is It & What's New"

  23. Texas Society of Nurse Practitioners State Convention, Sept. 6, 2014, "Oral Appliance Therapy-2014 What is It & What's New"

  24. Victoria Jr. College, August 8, 2014, "Sleep Disordered Breathing & Oral Appliances What Should We Evaluate, Consider and be Knowledgeable About to be an Effective Clinician"

  25. Austin District Dental Hygiene Society, October 18, 2014 "Sleep Disordered Breathing, & Oral Appliances, What Should We Evaluate, Consider and be Knowledgeable About to be an Effective Clinician".

  26. Texas State University School of Nursing, Guest lecturer, Nov. 2014, April 2015, "Myofunctional Therapy"

  27. The Texas Nurse Practitioners’ 27th Annual Conference, "Myofunctional Therapy, An Evidence Based Therapy for ADD/ADHD and More Without the Use of Medication" and "Sleep Apnea and Oral Appliances Therapy", Sept. 26, 2015

  28. Down Syndrome Options National Convention "Myofunctional Therapy: A Non-invasive Method for Re-establishing Airway Muscle Tone”, Sept. 17, 2016

  29. University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Sleep Fellowship Residency Program, “Oral Appliance Therapy: The Impact of Tongue Position, Breathing Patterns and Head Position on Treatment Outcome”, Sept. 1, 2016

  30. Texas Society of Sleep Professionals, March 2019, “Combination Therapy and the Severe CPAP Resistant Patient”

  31. Southern Sleep Association, March 2019, “Combination Therapy and the Severe CPAP Resistant Patient”

  32. University of Minnesota Dept. of Athletics, Feb. 8, 2019, “High Performance Breathing Technology, The Missing link in Conditioning”


Austin Apnea and Snoring Therapy can use oral appliances as an alternative to CPAP. Oral appliances have been registered by the FDA and may be used to treat sleep apnea when administered by a qualified dentist trained in Dental Sleep Therapy.


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Advanced Dental Sleep Business Seminar

Dr. Denbar is teaching an advanced seminar in Dental Sleep Medicine. This Dental Sleep Continuing Education (CE) Seminar focuses on the clinical aspects and business side of this field. This course picks up where most clinical courses end and guides you through the practical business aspect of dental sleep medicine while illuminating the medical-legal implications.


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