Orleans Dentist First Local to Earn Certification in Dental Sleep Medicine

Named Diplomate of American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
Dr. William J. Scheier (Courtesy photo)

Dr. William J. Scheier of Cape Cod recently became an American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) Diplomate. ABDSM is the Board for the leading national organization for dentists who treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy, an effective alternative treatment to the standard continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Earning Diplomate status from the ABDSM is a unique honor that recognizes special competency in dental sleep medicine.

Dr. Scheier is the only dentist from Provincetown to Plymouth who is board certified in sleep medicine through the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine is the only credentialing organization that has been endorsed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

“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. Scheier.  “I’m committed to using my knowledge of dental sleep medicine to help treat my patient’s snoring and sleep apnea, and providing a better night’s rest for those I treat.”

While CPAP is one type of 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 tolerate CPAP. Besides a CPAP machine, other options include; oral appliances -- mouth guard-like devices that help 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 is an effective treatment option that offers a higher rate of patient compliance than CPAP,” said Dr. Scheier. “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. Scheier is located at 56 Eldredge Parkway, Orleans, Ma. Contact him at 508-255-2511 to schedule a consultation appointment. Dr. Scheier works closely with sleep physicians to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. 

About Dr William J Scheier: After over 30 years of clinical experience in family dentistry, orthodontics and TMJ treatment, Dr. Scheier has developed a thorough understanding of applying that knowledge to his sleep apnea treatment. Dr. Scheier is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery with membership in both the Gorgas (restorative dentistry) and Gamma Pi Delta (prosthetic dentistry) honor societies.

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.         

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