The Importance of Furthering Your Education

So you have completed dental school. Now what? As with any industry, it is important to maintain continuing education. The dental field is constantly advancing and it is your duty as a dentist to remain up-to-date with the latest advancements. Whether you are a member of a dental practice, or you own your own dental practice, it is your duty to remain at ahead of the dental field through continuing education.

As an expert in Dental Sleep Medicine and TMD, Dr. Mayoor Patel understands the importance of continuing education.  Since graduating dental school, Dr. Patel has remained ahead of the dental field through the completion of continuing education courses. Cutting-edge, unique education has an immediate impact on your ability to:

  • Treat patients
  • Grow your practice
  • Meet state licensure requirements

The field of dental education is huge and varied, as it covers a lot of different jobs. People can train as general dentists, as specialists, as dental hygienists, dental assistants and also as dental laboratory technicians. And once a dental professional has qualified they cannot rest on their laurels. The world of dentistry is always changing, and at a fast pace with new technology being brought in all the time.

From online to in-person, there is a continuing education course to fit your individual needs. To help you further your education, visit upcoming lectures from Dr. Mayoor Patel here:

Sleep Apnea and Your Dental Practice

According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), 40% of the American population snores, which means as many as 16% has diagnosable obstructive sleep apnea. What does this mean for your dental office? It means that the same percentage of adults that walk into your office may have undiagnosed sleep apnea. This is where you come into the picture. As a dental sleep medicine specialist, you can successfully help your patients feel better with a better night’s sleep.

While the first step would be to take continuing education courses, it is also important to create a relationship with a local sleep physician. While this may be out of the comfort zones of some dentists, it is an important step in diagnosing and treating your patients. Sleep physicians are medical providers who diagnose sleep-disordered breathing and are responsible for the overall care of the patient. By maintaining an effective dental-sleep physician relationship, you can provide optimal are together.

Inside Your Office

In your own practice, you can begin to integrate dental sleep therapies by starting sleep-focused conversations with your patients. Just the simple question, “Do you, or anyone in your family, snore?” can uncover a huge population in need of care. Additionally, it is important to remember that sleep apnea is highly heritable and often will be found in children whose parents’ snore.

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued guidelines stating that any child who snores consistently or has daytime behavior problems should be referred to a sleep physician for testing. By asking such a simple question, you can open the door to this rapidly growing field.

There are currently more than 80% of undiagnosed sleep-disordered breathing maladies. This is largely due in part to patients who may not even realize they have a problem, which means they are not even seeking help. And many dentists don’t even ask if a patient snores.  Through this knowledge, it creates a great opportunity for dentists interested in providing sleep solutions for their patients.

You can visit to learn more about the alternative treatment options to CPAP, while also learning more about sleep apnea and the importance of treatment as a dentist. You can also visit our lecture page at to begin your continuing education for dental sleep medicine in your office.

Orofacial Pain and Your Dental Office

As a dentist you hold the key to a lot more than you may know. Previously we discussed sleep apnea and your office. In addition to treating sleep apnea, you can also provide appropriate treatment for patients suffering from orofacial pain. The specialty of orofacial pain focuses on the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of orofacial pain disorders.

Such disorders may have pain and associated symptoms arising from a discrete cause, such as postoperative pain or pain associated with a malignancy. Syndromes in which pain constitutes the primary problem, such as TMJ disorder pain, neuropathic pains or headaches, may also cause Orofacial pain.

The diagnosis of painful syndromes requires you, the dentist, to properly interpret historical data, including:

  • Review of laboratory studies
  • Imaging
  • Behavioral, social and occupational assessment
  • Interview and examination by the orofacial pain specialist

Orofacial pain is constantly evolving, which is why it is important to receive further education and training so that you can provide your patients with improved services beyond the norm. Currently, the area of orofacial pain encompasses the following areas:

  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD)
  • Sleep disorders related to orofacial pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Intraoral, intracranial, extracranial and systemic disorders that cause orofacial pain

Please visit my “Lectures” page at to learn more about upcoming lectures on craniofacial pain, TMD or dental sleep medicine. I also offer consulting, to further improve your practice and your understanding of these different areas of dentistry. Improve your practice and expand your knowledge in dentistry by understanding orofacial pain.

Diagnose and Treat TMD in Your Office

According to the American Dental Association, approximately 34% of the U.S. population suffers from temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). Many times, patients do not even realize they have TMD, which is where you come into the picture. With an estimated 34% of patients suffering from TMD it is your job as their dentist to identify and treat these disorders, as they become apparent.

TMD is a progressive disorder that can worsen over time, which makes it imperative that this painful condition is treated as early as possible. By receiving continuing dental education, you can learn how to properly identify and treat TMD in your office.  This will allow you to be able to identify TMD within your patients at their bi-annual dental checkups, which can save them a lifetime of pain.

As mentioned previously, I encourage you to visit to learn about upcoming lectures to further improve the services you offer at your dental practice. You can also contact me for consulting options. Through consulting, I can help you introduce TMD and Dental Sleep Medicine into your office. From your office to your marketing plan, consultation is key.

Take the next step toward improving your patients’ oral and overall health by furthering your dental education with the addition of TMD to your dental office.