Dracut Dentist Offers a Better Night’s Sleep
Improving Health: Dracut Dentist Offers a Better Night’s Sleep
New American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Member,
Dr. Ian Barwick, Treats Sleep Apnea & Snoring
(Dracut, MA) May 1, 2013 – Local dentist Ian Barwick is now helping Merrimack Valley residents get a more restful night’s sleep. Dr. Barwick recently became an American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) member. AADSM is the leading national organization for dentists who treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy, an effective alternative treatment to the standard Continue Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine.
“Sleeping with a CPAP machine, which includes a face mask, tubing and a constantly running motor, can be difficult, and many patients are unaware that an effective – and comfortable – alternative treatment is available,” said Dr. Barwick. “I’m committed to using my knowledge of dental sleep medicine to help treat my patients’ snoring and sleep apnea, and to provide individuals with a better night’s rest.”
While CPAP therapy is “the gold standard” treatment for sleep apnea, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine estimates up to 50 percent of sleep apnea patients do not comply with, or cannot tolerate, a CPAP. In contrast to a CPAP machine, oral appliances are a “mouth guard-like” device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway. Patients like oral appliance therapy because it is comfortable, easy to wear, quiet, portable, and easy to care for.
“Oral appliance therapy often can equal CPAP in effectiveness and offer a higher patient compliance,” said Dr. Barwick. “I work with my patients and their sleep physicians to identify the right oral appliance device, custom fit devices to each patient, and make any needed adjustments to ensure an open airway and a more restful sleep.”
Dr. Barwick is located at 1345 Lakeview Avenue in Dracut, MA. Patients with loud snoring and diagnosed sleep apnea sufferers with difficulty tolerating CPAP should contact Dr. Barwick at (978) 957-5511 to schedule a consultation appointment. Dr. Barwick works closely with sleep physicians to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
About Ian Barwick, DMD:
Dr. Barwick is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Massachusetts Dental Society, the Merrimack Valley District Dental Society and the Greater Lowell Dental Society. He has been certified in the “Successful Implementation of Dental Sleep Medicine,” by the Nierman Practice Management Group.
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 2,800 member dentists worldwide. Visit www.aadsm.org or call the national office at (630) 737-9705 for more information.