DARIEN, IL - When it comes to business decisions, Nancy Addy, DDS, knows it was a smart choice to earn the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) Dental Sleep Medicine Facility Accreditation for her practice, Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center of Kansas City, located in Leawood, Kansas. After achieving facility accreditation in 2012, Dr. Addy has raised the profile of her practice within the community. Accredited dental facilities are positioned to strengthen relationships with sleep physicians, increase patient referrals, maximize office efficiency and more easily make decisions on how to navigate medical insurance.
“I sought AADSM Dental Sleep Medicine Facility Accreditation so that I could continue to progress in a field that I love,” stated Dr. Addy. “Earning facility accreditation offered a wonderful learning experience and the opportunity to grow my practice.”
Establish Partnerships with Physicians
As more sleep physicians are seeking dentists qualified in dental sleep medicine, AADSM Dental Sleep Medicine Facility Accreditation provides a significant opportunity for dentists to expand their professional networks. Facility accreditation demonstrates that an office meets standardized guidelines, follows rigorous protocol and has procedures in place to address any problems or complications a patient may incur with oral appliance therapy. Facility Accreditation also attests that the dentist understands that proper communication with medical colleagues is critical to the teamwork required to treat patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Such professional recognition helps improve relationships with sleep physicians and promote a dental practice.
“When dentists take the time to get their facility accredited by the AADSM, physicians take notice,” asserted Dr. Addy. “My facility accreditation showed sleep physicians that I am dedicated to dental sleep medicine and has worked as an endorsement of my skills and my practice. Physicians are confident that when they send patients to my accredited dental office, those patients will receive optimal care for the treatment of sleep apnea. This has significantly increased the patient referrals I receive.”
Prepare for Medical Insurance Coverage
The current structure of medical insurance provides challenges for many dentists treating sleep apnea patients with oral appliance therapy. While nearly all U.S. medical insurers now cover oral appliance therapy, coverage is not as straightforward as dental insurance and involves arduous paperwork. Dr. Addy asserted that AADSM Dental Sleep Medicine Facility Accreditation helped her better understand medical insurance and more easily decide how to navigate this area.
In addition, facility accreditation provides third-party validation of a dentist’s experience, which helps better qualify dental practices for acceptance by medical insurance companies. By assuring medical insurance decision-makers of a dental practice’s exceptional performance and quality patient care, facility accreditation also supports fair reimbursement for dental sleep medicine services.
“There is a huge opportunity for dentists in the fast-growing field of dental sleep medicine, and AADSM Dental Sleep Medicine Facility Accreditation is one of the few ways dentists can demonstrate proficiency in this area of care and help grow their dental practice,” said Kathleen Bennett, DDS, AADSM president.
Through facility accreditation, AADSM provides a wealth of resources, education and training, offering dentists ongoing professional development and the assurance that they’ll remain at the forefront of dental sleep medicine.
“Upon completing the AADSM Dental Sleep Medicine Facility Accreditation, I gained a tremendous amount of confidence and credibility with physicians” added Dr. Addy. “I know that I’ve done the best I can for my sleep apnea patients and my small business.”
To learn more about the benefits and the process for achieving AADSM Dental Sleep Medicine Facility Accreditation, visit http://www.aadsm.org/process.aspx.
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.