Dr. Elliott Alpher is Named Diplomate by the American Board of Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Medicine


October 28th, 2013

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Washington, D. C. — Dr. Elliott Alpher, one of the District’s most experienced specialists for sleep and jaw disorders, on staff at George Washington University Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital, has successfully completed requirements for certification in Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Craniofacial Pain (ABCP). Dr. Alpher earned his Diplomate status to the Board of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain in 2006.

Recognizing Dr. Alpher’s achievement, ABCP President, H. Clifton Simmons III, explains, “The ABCP is committed to assisting the public by certifying dentists who successfully demonstrate their knowledge of the relationship between craniofacial pain and sleep-disordered breathing. Earning the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Medicine is an important professional achievement that signifies to patients, medical and other health professionals that the dentist has met the high standards set forth by the ABCP.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders with 80% believed to be undiagnosed. There is an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and accidents and injuries in the workplace for those that are not treated. Dr. Alpher prefers to treat appropriate patients with a custom oral appliance to resolve their sleep apnea and snoring issues.

“Patients with sleep apnea who cannot adapt to a CPAP often find oral appliances are a viable alternative,” states Dr. Alpher. “The same goes for snoring. And what patients and many doctors do not realize is the relationship that exists between sleep disorders, the jaw, jaw pain and even migraine headaches. So, often we treat all three with an oral appliance. It’s fascinating to see how quickly a patient can return to a normal life when their jaw is in the correct position!”

Over the past two decades, Dr. Alpher has worked diligently to generate public awareness of the various aspects of craniofacial pain disorders. He has lectured throughout the United States, as well as Europe and South America, and has authored, co-authored and published many studies on TMD and sleep disorders. For more information on Dr. Alpher and the Alpher Center for Sleep Disorders and Jaw Pain, visit www.thealphercenter.com.

Established in 1985 and headquartered in Reston, VA, the ABCP is an independent, non-profit academic organization whose purpose is to conduct certification examinations in the field of Craniofacial Pain and its related disciplines. For more information of the ABCP, visit www.abcp-us.org.

Downloadable File: Named Diplomate