Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Member Spotlight: Harold Smith presents at Appliance Therapy Practitioners Association (ATPA) Symposium

AADSM Past President Harold Smith, DDS, will join industry experts to discuss the latest trends and research in oral appliances this March.

His presentation, "An Overview of Appliance Therapy in the Treatment of OSA," will explain how different types of oral appliances treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Dentists who treat sleep apnea learn what appliances work best for certain types and levels of OSA. OSA is a serious condition. So it is important to visit a qualified dentist - click here for a list.

Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is a growing area of dentistry. This year’s ATPA symposium will have a full day dedicated to OSA.

AADSM members Rob W. Veis, DDS, Michael S. Simmons, DMD, Ronald S. Prehn, DDS will also speak at the meeting.

Dr. Smith is currently President of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. Diplomates of the ABDSM represent the highest level of education and practice in dental sleep medicine. More than 150 Diplomates have earned this status.

From 2002 to 2004, Dr. Smith was President of the AADSM, which has grown greatly. In 2001 there were 309 members. Today, there are more than 1,760 members.

Dr. Smith is a recipient of the AADSM Distinguished Service Award and has served on the AADSM and ABDSM Board of Directors for many years. He currently consults at five sleep disorder clinics in Indianapolis, IN.

The 7th annual symposium will be held in Las Vegas, Nev. this March 11-14, 2010.

Read more at Dental Economics or the ATPA symposium Web site.

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