Dental Wellness & Health, the office of Leila Chahine, recently received accreditation from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, or AADSM, in recognition of the office’s excellence in treating patients with sleep apnea, snoring and other breathing-related sleep disorders.
The office is one of only three in Connecticut and 71 in the nation to receive the accreditation.
“If a patient’s sleep ability is not healthy, the rest of his or her body cannot attain the most favorable health, either,” Chahine said. “I see my job as evaluating the whole patient and trying to create the best dental situation possible to foster optimal health. Our team is proud to be recognized for the highest level of care we provide to our patients.”
Dental Wellness & Health, at 16 Hospital Ave., offers general dentistry services as well as the sleep disorder treatments. To combat sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, and to offer an alternative to CPAP machines, Chahine custom fits patients with a mouth piece — or oral sleep appliance — that repositions the lower jaw to allow for stable air flow during sleep.
“Sleep is my passion,” Chahine said.
To become accredited, facilities must meet quality measures outlined in the AADSM’s Standards for Accreditation of Dental Sleep Medicine Facilities, which detail expectations for the proficiency of a facility’s dental director and staff. The standards also detail expectations in: documentation and billing of patients; professionalism of consumer care; follow-up service; and safety.
The accreditation lasts for three years. “The program was developed to define excellence in dental sleep medicine,” said Harold Smith, president of the AADSM. “Patients and referring physicians can have peace-of-mind when working with an accredited facility, knowing that the facility has proven, recognized excellence in every aspect of care.”
Smith said dentists and physicians can work together to diagnose and treat sleep disorders.
Chahine, who is from Lebanon, hopes the accreditation will increase understanding and acceptance of dental sleep medicine as it pertains to overall health and quality of life. “Before, there was no way to tell the difference between a dentist with experience in dental sleep medicine and a novice,” she said. “Sleep apnea is a serious condition. I’ve been specializing in this for 20 years. The accreditation is way for patients to ensure they are getting the best care.”
Chahine, a past president of the Greater Danbury Dental Society, formerly served as the education chairman of the AADSM.
The AADSM is a non-profit national professional society dedicated to the practice of dental sleep medicine. It has more than 3,000 member dentists.
To reach Dental Wellness & Health, call 203-744-1814.
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