David G. Silk DDS, D.ABDSM
The Dental Therapy Solution to Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Dr. David Silk is originally from Ohio and has resided in Aurora since 1987. Dr. Silk graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1980, continued with a post-graduate General Practice Residency at the Cleveland V.A. Hospital. He is a Level 4 Continuum graduate from The Pankey Institute. Dr. Silk has completed hundreds of hours in continuing education with a strong focus on sleep apnea. He completed The University of Utah Sleep Medicine Program’s Mini Residency which is a practical, diagnostic and treatment focused program that recognizes the connections between medical diagnosis and management of sleep apnea, dental sleep medicine, craniofacial pain and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). He has also completed the Mastery Program from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM), and member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
Dr. Silk is also an active member in the following associations:
- Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
- American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
- American Academy of Sleep Medicine
- American Dental Association
- Ohio Dental Association
- Cleveland Dental Association
- The Pankey Institute
Dr. Silk has been practicing in Solon since 1984. Over the years he has received continuing education and training in sleep disordered breathing and has become much more aware of the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea and how CPAP and oral devices can help many more patients with their problems. He works closely with his patients and their physicians to help guide them to appropriate treatment (CPAP, oral devices, surgery, etc.) while following guidelines laid down by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s (AASM) position paper on the parameters for use of oral devices in the treatment of OSA, updated 2015. It states that oral devices may be used as a first line of therapy for patients with mild to moderate OSA as well as for patients who are severe and have failed CPAP therapy or prefer them to CPAP. He keeps in constant communication with physicians regarding their patients.
He has many patients who have been happily and successfully treated with Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) Therapy when appropriately diagnosed and screened for this treatment modality.
His office is a registered, certified Medicare Provider of Durable Medical Equipment (DME) of which the MAD is included into this category.
He works with most insurances and Medicare to minimize the patient’s out of pocket expense.
He strives to adhere with each physician’s protocols regarding the treatment of each of their patients.