Local Dentist Brings Expertise in Growing Practice to National Leadership Role
Franklin-based Dentist Elected to American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Board to Combat Snoring and Sleep Apnea
(FRANKLIN, Tenn.) June 1, 2013 – Helping Franklin residents get a more restful night’s sleep for 12 years, local dentist Grant Hensley, DDS, of Grant Hensley Dentistry has been elected to the board of directors of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) – the country’s top organization for the growing practice of dental sleep medicine – taking his experience to a national leadership role.
The AADSM is the foremost organization in the United States 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 and mask. Currently, the AADSM is the only nonprofit, national professional society dedicated exclusively to the practice of dental sleep medicine.
“With more than a decade of treating sleep apnea, Dr. Hensley has shown an unwavering commitment to helping patients in Franklin,” said B. Gail Demko, DMD, president of the AADSM. “Dr. Hensley’s deep dedication to local patients remains steadfast, but he’s now also actively involved with our mission of advancing dental sleep medicine and oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea treatment in his new national leadership role.”
Although CPAP is the standard treatment for sleep apnea, the AADSM estimates up to 50 percent of sleep apnea patients do not comply with or tolerate CPAP. Conversely, patients like oral appliance therapy because it is comfortable, easy to wear, quiet, portable and easy to care for. Oral appliances are a “mouth guard-like” device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway.
“In many cases, oral appliance therapy can be as effective as CPAP and even increase patient compliance,” said Dr. Hensley. “I work closely with patients and their sleep physicians to identify the right oral appliance device, customize fit for each patient and make any necessary adjustments to ensure an open airway and a more satisfying sleep.”
Dr. Hensley was elected by the organization membership for a three-year term as an AADSM director-at-large. In this role, he will work together with sleep physicians and dentists to further sleep apnea research, treatment and education in an ongoing commitment to oral appliance therapy best practices. There are currently five directors on the AADSM board.
Grant Hensley Dentistry is located at 114 Rand Place in Franklin. Patients with loud snoring and diagnosed sleep apnea sufferers with difficulty tolerating CPAP should contact Dr. Hensley at 615-794-1546 to schedule a consultation appointment.
About Grant Hensley
Dr. Hensley is a director-at-large for the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. After graduating from University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, Dr. Hensley practiced with the U.S. Army Dental Corps for six years before starting his practice, Grant Hensley Dentistry, in Franklin, Tenn., where he currently resides. To reach Dr. Hensley, call 615-794-1546 or email DDSvisit@granthensleydentistry.com. Visit www.granthensleydentistry.com for more information.
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 2,900 member dentists worldwide. Visit www.aadsm.org or call the national office at (630) 737-9705 for more information.