Educate Your Dental Team

In America alone, over 18 million people suffer from sleep apnea. And the worst part is that many of these people are not diagnosed and do not seek treatment. By pursuing a dental sleep medicine education, you are taking the first step in helping your patients with not only their oral health care, but overall health as well. Once you have completed your training, it is important to get your dental team on board, too.

By incorporating dental sleep medicine into your practice, you can help the millions of Americans suffering from sleep apnea that many not even realize it. By educating your dental team, you can successfully implement Dental Sleep Medicine into your practice.

Attend a Seminar

There are many seminars available that with provide both you and your dental team with the information you need to properly implement dental sleep medicine. It is important to find a seminar or lecture series that is accredited and provides you with the right information for you and your team. Nierman Practice Management is a great company that helps dentists and their teams successfully implement dental sleep medicine.

Currently, Dr. Mayoor Patel is scheduled to lecture at Nierman and Education Training’s 2-day seminar for dentists and their teams in collaboration with The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine & Technology. Find out more about Sleep Medicine for the Dentist and join us October 24-25 to learn how your practice can make a lasting impression with patients and physicians.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Patel

To further help you and your dental team with the implementation of Dental Sleep Medicine into your office, I offer consulting services. Through these services I can help you and your practice with the implementation of Dental Sleep Medicine and/or TMD.

Through consulting, Dr. Patel will help you and your team focus on the following information:

  • Systems to identify and diagnose patients
  • Ways to develop a network of referrals
  • Implementation of collateral marketing and educational material
  • Creating a well rounded team
  • Billing for the office and insurance

 
To help you introduce Dental Sleep Medicine into your office, please contact me for more information on how to properly implement this dental specialty into your office.

Educate Your Patients

While it is extremely important to educate yourself and your dental staff on dental sleep medicine and TMD, it is even more important to make sure you are educating your patients. A patient that is “in the know” with important information will be able to properly care for themselves and reach out to your office when a problem arises.

What is Patient Education?

Patient education is when you provide your patients with verbal or written material on a specific topic or area of interest. For your dental office, you would be providing your patients with valuable information on sleep apnea, TMD, craniofacial pain or other areas of Dental Sleep Medicine. These materials are used to help improve patient understanding and prevent complications.

Your educational material should offer patients an increased understanding of dental sleep medicine, the process and instructions about activities and treatments to help assist the patient.  Providing educational material for your dental office can result in improved long-term outcomes, which ultimately lead to better coping and decision-making skills.

The Benefits for Patients

An informed and educated patient can actively participate in his or her own treatment at your dental office. They can also improve outcomes, and help to identify problems before they occur. Some other benefits of educating your patients include:

  • Increasing your patient’s ability to cope with and manage their health.
  • Empowering patients to make important decisions in relation to their care.
  • Helping patients learn how to improve their health.
  • Increasing patient confidence in his or her care.
  • Decreasing treatment complications.

 
How Can Your Office Benefit?

While your patients will greatly benefit from education, your dental office can also benefit greatly. By providing targeted and appropriate patient education, your office can experience the following benefits:

  • Increased patient satisfaction
  • Compliance with regulatory standards
  • Improved efficiency through cost-effective care

 
Knowledge is power, which means patient education is powerful for the patient and your office. To learn more about incorporating Dental Sleep Medicine into your practice and providing education to your patients, Dr. Mayoor Patel offers Consulting services to help each step of the way. Contact Dr. Patel today for more information.

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: http://www.mpateldds.com/upcoming-lecture/.

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 http://www.alternatetocpap.com/ 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 http://www.mpateldds.com/upcoming-lecture/ to begin your continuing education for dental sleep medicine in your office.