Bring Your Hygienist with to Your Next Seminar

Think of this scenario: you (the dentist) just got back from a great seminar in let’s say Las Vegas. You’re so pumped up and excited to get to work, but what about your staff? While you can try your hardest to bring the enthusiasm to your office, it’s just not the same. So, who spends the most time and has a better rapport with patients? Hygienists do! For your next seminar series think about bringing your hygienist next time. Together you can be excited and better understand the roles associated with Dental Sleep Medicine, Craniofacial Pain and other advanced areas of dentistry.

The Hygienist’s Role

In the last 10 years, dentists and hygienists have become more involved in the treatment of sleep apnea, craniofacial pain, TMD, and other advanced areas of dentistry. Since patients visit their dentist more often than they visit their family doctor, a dental hygienist plays a critical role in screening patients for these advanced areas of dentistry.

From sleep breathing disorders to craniofacial pain, a hygienist can ask the appropriate questions each time a patient visits your office. And, if your hygienists don’t know what to look out for, then how can they ask the right questions to help you provide the right treatment? They can’t unless they accompany you to lectures and seminars throughout the year. By remaining up-to-date, your hygienist can work with you each step of the way.

A dental hygienist can play a vital role in your dental office if you provide them with appropriate education. Whether it is with you at a seminar, or on their own, continuing education for not only yourself, but your hygienist, too, is key.

Dentists and their hygienists work hand-in-hand for the treatment of sleep apnea, craniofacial pain, TMD, and other conditions. Start today by signing your hygienist up for a future seminar–both with you and on their own. If you have any questions about how to incorporate this teamwork into advanced areas of dentistry, such as dental sleep medicine and craniofacial pain, please contact me.

 

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!

Dental Sleep Medicine is NOW

Couple in bed while the woman is trying to sleepIn this difficult economy, standing out among other dentists is a must. And right now dental sleep medicine is in! By being able to offer dental sleep medicine in your practice, you will be the real winner. Dental sleep medicine allows you to share with patients and potential patients that your office has a new unique and essential service to offer. Once you offer dental sleep medicine services, it is your job to inform your community of your new services.

Create a Buzz

Not many people are aware that dental sleep medicine exists or how a dentist can help in the treatment of sleep apnea. It is your job to create a buzz about it. When asked about sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment, how comfortable are you with the answers? There are currently more than 50 million people who suffer from sleep apnea, meaning there is a greater need for public awareness of this potentially deadly condition. As a dentist offering services in dental sleep medicine, it is important for you to educate your patients on sleep apnea and how important treatment is. Think about strokes, heart attacks and diabetes—your patients can benefit from knowing the risk associated with untreated sleep apnea. The more buzz you create, the more your patients will make treatment a priority.

Educate Your Staff

As a dentist it is vital that you understand and are comfortable in dental sleep apnea, but it is also important for your staff as well. Once you have received the necessary education, teach your staff about their roles and suggest they completed educational classes, too. The more you and your dental team know about dental sleep medicine, the better prepared you will be to provide your patients with proper treatment. And with education comes knowledge and trust. Once a patient likes, trusts, and believes in you and your team, you have created a patient for life.

Contact Dr. Mayoor Patel to learn more about Dental Sleep Medicine, and where to complete continuing education.