Sleep is a necessity. The Atlanta Center for Dental Sleep Medicine was founded out of the absolute dedication to helping patients achieve healthy sleep. The functions of sleep impact organ systems and biological processes throughout the body. When sleep function is disrupted, it leaves a trail of deteriorating health which will ultimately prove to have devastating consequences.
We focus our practice on treating patients with Oral Appliance Therapy. One of the more common appliances is called a Mandibular Advancement Device. Our patients have been diagnosed with failed CPAP therapy where the patient has been unwilling or unable to wear the device, mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea, primary snoring, sleep related breathing disorders, teeth grinding (bruxism) and TMJ disorders.
We employ a multidisciplinary approach to help our patients achieve healthy sleep. We partner with both the physicians of our patients and other medical specialist referrals (e.g., ENT, Primary Care, Neurologists, Sleep Medicine Specialists, Cardiologists, Weight loss Doctors to name a few) who direct the diagnosis and prescribe the Oral Appliance Therapy. We are an important partner with your physician as they manage your sleep disorder based on the unique medical profile that each patient possesses. Our management of your Oral Appliance Therapy is the key to having your physician's treatment goals carried out, thus resulting in a good health outcome. We can help you and take good care of you.
Dr. Lumpkin is a general dentist in private practice since 1986. A large portion of her practice in the Vinings Center for Dentistry is designated as Atlanta Center for Dental Sleep Medicine and is dedicated to facilitating patients and other healthcare professionals who desire an alternative to traditional CPAP Therapy for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and solutions for snoring and other sleep related breathing disorders. We also provide treatment for Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) and TMJ dysfunction.
The journey to training in dental sleep medicine and TMJ therapy began about 15 years ago with treatment for snoring and bruxism (orthopedic occlusal splint therapy) patients. "I didn't begin to focus on specific and intensive training in this field until I personally experienced a period of sleep disturbances and debilitating jaw pain. I think you get very motivated, very fast to find some answers when it is you that has poor sleep quality and jaw pain. It lends a unique perspective to both the educational process, as well as your approach to patient care when you fully understand the health and quality of life issues of patients with sleep disturbances. The consequences of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Sleep Related Breathing Disorders are far reaching and life threatening. When you can see yourself in the same mirror as the patient, your vision and mission gain a new sense of clarity."
Memberships: American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Georgia Association of Sleep Professionals, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, Georgia Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Thomas Hinman Dental Society.
Dr. Lumpkin is currently completing board certification requirements for Diplomate status with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and American Academy of Craniofacial Pain Sleep Medicine, **Fellowship eligible and completing requirements.