Dr. Alex J. Johnson in Palm Harbor, FL Receives ABDSM Diplomate Status

Local orthodontist, Alex J. Johnson, DMD., MS. recently received certification from the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM).

American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine congratulates Alex J. Johnson, DMD., MS. on fulfilling the high standards required to receive certification and Diplomate status through the ABDSM.

ABDSM certification signifies to patients, colleagues, and professional organizations in both medicine and dentistry that Dr. Johnson has met established qualifications and demonstrated a thorough understanding of oral appliance therapy.

"The purpose of the ABDSM is to help set standards for the scope of dental sleep medicine, which includes oral appliances and upper airway surgery to treat sleep related breathing disorders such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and to assure professional dental and medical colleagues, patients, and the public of an acceptable level of education, training, and experience by those who become Diplomates of the ABDSM by examination. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recognizes Diplomate status granted by the ABDSM."

Dr. Alex Johnson practices at 3840 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor, Florida.

Dentists with a broad understanding of oral appliance therapy work closely with board-certified sleep physicians to treat sleep-disordered breathing. An oral appliance that is custom-made and fitted by a trained dentist is an effective treatment option for patients who have been diagnosed by a physician with primary snoring or obstructive sleep apnea.

Established in 2004, the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) is an independent, nonprofit, self-designated board of examiners that certifies licensed dentists who treat sleep-disordered breathing with oral appliance therapy. Currently there are over 200 dentists in North America who have earned certification from the ABDSM.

More information about the ABDSM is available online at www.abdsm.org.