Why Should I Treat Craniofacial Pain in My Office?

woman-painDentistry is about more than just teeth and gums—it has to do with not only treating oral health, but overall health as well. For that reason, I want you to begin to contemplate offering craniofacial pain services in your office. By offer craniofacial pain services in your practice, you are creating more opportunity for yourself and your team to help treat patients and improve their overall quality of life.

Tell Me More…

Well, craniofacial pain can often be a difficult subject because most dentists receive very little education and exposure to treating patients with these conditions. I understand how important it is to continue to improve your education and understanding of the dental field—I complete continuing courses yearly, too. By advancing your understanding of craniofacial pain, you can better understand how beneficial it is for patients when they visit your dental office.

Continuing Education

I, personally, have received extensive training in treating craniofacial pain and am available to work with other dentists to provide proper training so that you can provide craniofacial pain diagnosis and treatment at your dental office. I received my Certificate in Fundamentals of Diagnosis and Treatment of TMD and CFP from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. I also received Fellowship from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (FAACP) and Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain (DABCP).

To continue your education in the area of craniofacial pain, I suggest visiting my Lectures page to view upcoming dates. By attending these lectures, you can continue to improve the services you offer at your dental practice! Because this pain is not new, it is important to understand where it is coming from and how to properly treat it. As a dentist you are the first line of defense for patients suffering from craniofacial pain—there is a growing realization that a common cause of pain is through a bad bite. By attending some of my upcoming lectures, you can learn about your role in the diagnosis and treatment of craniofacial pain.

If you have any questions about craniofacial pain, please contact me. Take the next step toward relieving your patients’ pain. I look forward to working with each of you in expanding your dental practice with craniofacial pain services!

Don’t Forget the Lectures!

That’s right! You can’t forget the lectures and seminars can you? I didn’t think so. In order to remain “in the know” with the latest in Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine, it is important to complete continuing education courses and lectures. As you plan your schedule for the rest of the year, please keep these upcoming lectures in mind:2015 lectures

June 15-16: A Day in the Life: Run Your Practice Like the Experts

This is a two-part lecture, which allows you to view how an expert runs a successful dental sleep medicine or craniofacial pain practice. You will join me at my office in Atlanta, Georgia where you will be able to see what we do in our office to help propel you and your team to the next level in expanding your practice.

June 19-20: AACP Sleep Mini Residency Part 3 of 3

This course will be for those who have already completed parts 1 & 2. If you have not already done so, there will be time in the future for you to take part in this 3-part seminar with the AACP.

July 17-18: Sleep Medicine for the Sleep Dentist & Hygienist’s Role in Dental Sleep Medicine

These are both two-part seminars—one for the dentists and one for the hygienists so you can get your team involved! Learn about dental sleep medicine and your role as a dentist and a hygienist! You will leave with the knowledge and confidence to become the dentist that physicians want to refer to.

September 21-22: A Day in the Life: Run Your Practice like the Experts

As stated for our June “over the shoulder” experience, this is a two-day seminar in which you will shadow my office to learn more about how to effectively run a craniofacial pain and dental sleep medicine practice.

September 25-26: Pinpoint the Pain

In this two-day seminar, dentists will be provided with an opportunity to understand the neuroanatomical relationship within the cranio-cervical area that can complicate the diagnosis of a simple toothache or other orofacial related pain.

I look forward to seeing you at one or all of these upcoming lectures! Prepare yourself and your practice for Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine services by completing continuing education. If you have any questions about upcoming lectures, please contact me for further information.

Now’s the Time: Reach Out to Your Patients with Blogging

Business AnalyticsI’ve said it before and I will say it again: start blogging NOW! One of the most beneficial and easiest forms of Marketing your Dental Practice is through the availability of a blog. Write once a week, twice a month, or every day – whatever you decide you can do and want to do. By blogging you are establishing yourself and your practice and a thought leader in your industry. In order to gain new patients and show that you are experienced in your area of service, start blogging immediately. Here’s why:

Patients Need Reassurance

Yes, that’s right—patients often need reassurance that you are who you are and know what you’re doing. The availability of a blog helps you to share important information with your patients no matter what time of the day it is. From general services to advanced questions, your blog should be your go-to place for sharing valuable information with your current patients and future patients. A blog is easily searchable through Google, and if you have an established blog with a host of topics and content available, the more patients will be able to find you when they search for a certain topic. You want Google to recognize you as a thought leader, and that is created through advanced content on your website and blog.

Establish Yourself as a Thought Leader

When it comes to your dental office and patients, you want to be known for being a thought leader in your industry. What happens when people know you have experience in specific areas? They go to you for all of their needs. The availability of an educational blog allows you to write about various topics that interest your patients, as well as blogs that answer some of the common questions you are asked at your office. Blogs can also be used to share important information about your practice, announce new services and even introduce a new member to your team. Don’t limit yourself when it comes to your practice. Reach different areas and get your patients in on educating themselves in regards to Dentistry, Dental Sleep Medicine and other services your office offers.

If this doesn’t get you motivated to start your practice’s blog, I don’t know what will! Get your name out there and start sharing educational information with your patients through an information-rich blog—what are you waiting for? Go!

And, if you have any questions about getting your blog up and running, or who can help you in maintaining a well thought out and up-to-date blog, contact me further—I know just who can help!

Can I Offer Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine?

Beautiful woman lying and sleep on the snowy bedThe answer is, “Yes!” Of course you can offer pain and dental sleep medicine services in your practice. With the first step of deciding to offer these services out of the way, the most important steps are completing continuing education to ensure you can provide your patients with proper care, as well as how you can implement it into your dental practice. Let’s take a look:

Complete Continuing Education

After you have decided to offer dental sleep medicine in your practice, it is important to start your education. By completing continuing education in the area of dental sleep medicine you can establish a practice that offers the best care possible. Just as you completed dental school, you will need to the same with dental sleep medicine. Go to lectures and seminars. Complete a shadowing of an experienced dental sleep medicine dentist. No matter what, you are getting the experience and knowledge you need to provide superior care for your patients.

Market Yourself

We’ve said it before, but it cannot be said enough—market yourself and your practice. Understanding your competitive marketplace is critical when developing a new offering or expanding a service line. Do your diligence by asking the following questions:

  • How large is the market?
  • How accessible are these patients?
  • How will sleep competitors respond to this new service?
  • Are there opportunities to collaborate?

These are all important questions that work to help improve your dental sleep medicine practice. Once you create an effective marketing campaign you can reach current and future patients.

Communicate

One of the biggest mistakes in launching a new dental program is understanding the importance of language. By integrating dental sleep medicine into your practice, it requires new behaviors and ways of adapting—especially through the words you use. Pay close attention to how you describe your service. Using the wrong words can deter patients away from your office and those new services, so make sure you word your content appropriately. Everyone in your office should have a solid understanding of what dental sleep medicine is, who can benefit, how it works, and why it is so important. And, with that comes being fluent in dental sleep medicine so that everyone can describe it to patients without hesitation.

The future of dental sleep medicine is a bright one. With numerous opportunities to provide value through improved patient care, your options are endless, so take charge as soon as possible. Remember, anything is possible and if you put your mind and energy into this, your practice has the opportunity to be extremely successful.

Contact Dr. Mayoor Patel for more information on Dental Sleep Medicine and the next steps you should take to offer these services to your current and future patients.