Sleep apnea 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.

Dr. Martin Denbar has used Oral Appliance Therapy to treat sleep disordered breathing for over 19 years in the Austin area. He has treated over 1,500 cases, ranging from the simplest to the most difficult. As the only general dentist that is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine in Central Texas, Dr. Denbar has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education, lectures nationally, and trains other dentists in this field.

Open Letter to Prospective Patients
from this Healthcare Provider

I am writing this letter to prospective patients and individuals who are investigating oral appliances for themselves or a loved one. My objective is to inform you about important considerations when choosing an experienced dentist as your medical provider for this medical condition.

In 1995, I introduced Oral Appliance Therapy to our Central Texas physicians. I have been on the consulting staff of the Seton Hospital System for Oral Appliance Therapy for years. Knowing that this therapy could offer patients more treatment choices, I decided to stay on the cutting edge of this technology. I am now teaching doctors, lecturing and publishing on a local, state and national basis.

With 23 years of clinical experience and having treated thousands of patients ranging from the simplest to the most difficult of cases, my office is in the top tier of qualified and experienced providers for Oral Appliance Therapy on a national basis.

I know that at times this therapy can appear quite easy. Many dentists have taken one or two courses and made a few appliances. Please understand that there is a long learning curve with this therapy. Since there is no cure for apnea and every patient is unique with unique medical conditions, your treatment will need to be monitored and possibly fine-tuned on a continual basis. As a part of your treatment our office uses sophisticated monitoring devices for your comfort and convenience to monitor your medical condition while working with your local physician. Complications can arise and my years of experience allow my office to quickly treat your problem. The last situation you want to place yourself in is your doctor's learning curve. Our office has those years of experience to avoid the problems first of all, and if any problems do develop we have multiple ways to treat them. Not all dentists get the same results with Oral Appliance Therapy. Yes, all doctors have to start somewhere at some time but few patients want to be treated by an inexperienced clinician. When you do see a dentist for this therapy you might want to inquire into his or her experience. Here are a few questions you could ask.

  1. How long and how many patients have you treated with oral appliances?
  2. Have you used oral appliances with patients that have other complications?
  3. What type of complications have you treated?
  4. Do you have monitoring equipment in your office?
  5. Are you able to repair appliances?
  6. Are you familiar with combination treatment? Have you ever used it?
  7. How do you treat muscle or TMJ complications?

My office can answer each of the above questions with years of solid experience behind each answer.

There are numerous variables that will impact your treatment result. Every person, along with their medical history, is a unique entity. I wish every case was simple with a predictably excellent result. After 23 years of treating patients with oral appliances, myself included, that is not reality. Only experience can provide you with a more predictable and positive treatment outcome.

Martin Denbar, D.D.S.
General Dentist
Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine

Austin Sleep Apnea and Snoring Therapy provides an alternative to CPAP therapy for snoring and mild to severe sleep apnea.

Insurance Assignments Accepted:

Our dentist, Dr. Denbar, is a Medicare and medical insurance in-network provider for most major medical insurance carriers.

Advanced Dental Sleep Business Seminar

Dr. Denbar is teaching an advanced billing and clinical seminar in Dental Sleep Medicine. This Dental Sleep Continuing Education (CE) Seminar focuses on medical insurance reimbursement, business principles and the clinical aspects 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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