Welcome to the dental office of Dr. Elizabeth Duling, a family and cosmetic dentist in Owens Cross Roads, AL dedicated to the health and wellness of all of her dental patients. Dr. Duling has advanced training in many aspects of dentistry and has trained with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine to provide personalized care for sleep-disordered breathing and sleep apnea using oral appliance therapies.
Dr. Duling is a family dentist and allows all members of your family to receive the dental care they need under one roof. Our goal is to provide extensive general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care for the changing needs of the growing and aging smiles. We are committed to open communication with our patients as well as patient education so that you can make an informed decision about oral health and dentistry needs.
Yes, Dr. Duling is accepting new patients from the Owens Cross Roads area. She works with patients on an individual basis, taking their concerns and specific needs into account. If you require assistance with the care of you or a member of your family, please let Dr. Duling know.
Contact our office immediately for care. We will do our best to see you as soon as possible. Some of the most common dental emergencies we treat include knocked-out teeth, broken dental restorations, toothaches, and bleeding gums.
Hello! Thank you for visiting my office page. Before visiting any doctor it is a good idea to know a little bit about who they are as a person. Outside of the office, I am a wife and mother of 3 little girls- they are my greatest gifts. We enjoy traveling together, love tent camping, shopping, and trying new restaurants.
My husband and I met at Ft. Drum while we were both on active duty in the Army. Chris was a Kiowa pilot and I was his dentist. We got married just over a year after we met and most of that year he was in Iraq! We landed in Huntsville when he got out of the Army because he is an aerospace engineer- where else would we go?!
Most people want to know why I became a dentist. I kind of happened upon dentistry by an odd mix of circumstances. As a freshman in college, most of my friends were pre-med so I thought I would be too. The trouble started with that plan when I took my first studio art class. I was in love with creating. Fortunately, a friends father suggested I become a dentist. It really is the perfect blend of art and healthcare.
Dr. Courtney E. LaForte was born and raised in Texas but fell in love with the Southeast while obtaining her bachelors degree in Nutritional Science at the University of Alabama. Following her passion for health and wellbeing she moved back home to study and later receive a Doctorate of Dental Science from Texas A&M College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas.
Though she loved her time in Texas, Dr. LaForte waited all of two days after graduating to marry her college sweetheart, Brent, and happily return to Alabama to begin her career as a General Dentist. She now strives to educate her patients on the importance of oral healthcare and provide comprehensive and personalized treatment to improve her patients health and quality of life. Furthermore, she loves having the opportunity to form long-lasting relationships with every patient she meets. She and her husband live with their two daughters and an ever-increasing number of farm animals. In their free time the couple enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. Dr. LaForte is a member of the American Dental Association, the Alabama Dental Association, and the Huntsville-Madison Dental Society.
Dr. Elizabeth Duling is a Diplomate with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) and can offer comprehensive treatment for sleep apnea with advanced oral appliance therapy (OAT). Sleep appliances are custom designed to improve airway function and minimize the symptoms associated with sleep apnea.
They can offer benefits for patients who have mild to moderate sleep apnea or are intolerant of the CPAP. Treating sleep apnea is important for overall physical health and wellness and reduces your risk for cardiovascular disease, sudden stroke, and other inflammatory conditions that are impacted by poor sleep over time.
Patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea can often be successfully treated with the consistent use of the right oral appliance. Oral appliance therapy is a modern alternative to CPAP machines. Patients who are intolerant of the CPAP can also benefit from this treatment option. CPAP machines are often too loud, bulky, and uncomfortable for some patients. Oral appliances are small and portable. They are similar to other dental mouthguards that we can create with digital impressions.
Dr. Duling works with patients to find the right fit and best functional solution with an oral appliance. We offer a range of oral appliances including ProSomnus and EMA. Each of these and the other we work with will support a more open airway by moving the jaw forward.
Also called mandibular advancement, this technology has been proven to reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea and allow restful, uninterrupted sleep when used regularly. Mandibular advancement works to prevent the soft tissues at the back of the throat from collapsing into the airway during sleep, resulting in snoring and the symptoms of sleep apnea.
It is important that the right oral appliance is chosen and that it is customized to you and your unique oral structure. Dr. Duling works with her patients to create a custom oral appliance for their needs and thoroughly explains proper care and daily usage during their visit to our Owings Cross Roads dental office. There may be multiple appliances that suit your needs and Dr. Duling will work with you to ensure the choice made is comfortable and functional.
There are important considerations when choosing oral appliance therapy and Dr. Duling has a list of 5 questions that each patient should ask themselves as part of their journey to the best solution for their overall health needs.
While oral appliance therapy is a solution, it technically doesnt fully cure sleep apnea. The only way to know the condition is cured is to lose weight or get surgery to remove soft tissues from the back of your throat. However, oral appliance therapy offers relief from the symptoms of sleep apnea, improving your health.
In addition to fitting you with an oral appliance, Dr. Duling can also offer further advice. Certain medications are best avoided if possible when you have sleep apnea. Sleeping on your side is ideal to ease sleep apnea, and she may recommend other things that you can do.