An Innovative Dentist

Dr. Tucker is passionate about helping patients find relief from their conditions by utilizing advanced treatment techniques. Since 2007, Dr. Tucker has been a leader in dental sleep medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM), the only ABDSM Diplomate in the Tri-State Erie area. He founded Erie Dental Sleep Medicine in 2007, and in 2012, the practice was accredited by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), the eighth facility in the nation to achieve this honor. Shortly after, the center was named one of the Best Sleep Facilities by the Sleep Review Journals for Sleep Specialists.
Dr. Tucker holds six dental patents, several of which are in widespread use, and he’s served as a consultant for more than a dozen dental supply, service, and education companies.

Dr. Tucker was the first dentist credentialed by Inspire Medical Systems to treat sleep apnea with hypoglossal nerve stimulation.

Exceptional Credentials

Dr. Tucker’s dedication to lifelong learning means that he has achieved an impressive number of credentials. He has achieved a Certificate of Proficiency in Esthetic Dentistry from the University of Buffalo. He has also completed the Boston Seminars in Implant Dentistry and all levels of the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Study. He is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the American Society of Osseointegration. Dr. Tucker has achieved Mastership status in the American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics and a Fellowship in the International Academy for Dental Facials Esthetics.

However, perhaps Dr. Tucker’s greatest credentials are his teaching credentials, which show that other dentists come to him for knowledge and wisdom. In 2022, Dr. Tucker was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. In addition, he has presented over 3000 hours of continuing education for other dentists to learn how to use oral appliances to help sleep apnea patients who can’t adapt to positive airway pressure (PAP) treatment.

Personalized Care

Dr. Tucker knows that giving patients the best care takes more than knowledge and skill. It also takes a human perspective and a personalized approach. These are things that Dr. Tucker brings to every appointment. He doesn’t just treat your symptoms; he treats all his patients. He aims to give patients the treatment they need and the treatments they want to achieve their hopes and goals.

One example of his personalized approach is how he works as a TMJ dentist. He utilizes the heart rate variability (HRV) approach to finding a patient’s ideal jaw position. The ideal jaw position helps the body achieve physiologic rest–you’re most comfortable and relaxed. To find this position, Dr. Tucker gradually adjusts your jaw position to find the one where your heart rate reflects a healthy autonomic nervous system (ANS). When he finds this position, he designs an oral splint to hold your jaw there so you can get relief from pain and other symptoms.

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Reconstruction and Cosmetic Dentistry
  • International Academy for Dental-Facial Esthetics
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • American College of Oral Implantology
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • American Society of Osseointegration
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of Reconstruction and Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • American Society of Osseointegration
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • International Academy for Dental-Facial Esthetics
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • American Dental Association
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics
  • American College of Oral Implantology

Work with a Leading Dentist in Erie

Whether you’re looking for a general, cosmetic, restorative, sleep, or TMJ dentist in Erie, Dr. John H. Tucker is a great choice. Tucker Dental Excellence is currently accepting patients, including referrals from area doctors and dentists.

To schedule an appointment for yourself or your patient, please call (814) 836-7777 or use our online contact form today to request an appointment.