A Dentist’s Role in Craniofacial Pain & TMD Treatment

We have touched base on sleep apnea and your role as a dentist, but what about craniofacial pain and TMD treatment? As a dentist you hold an important role in both areas. Jaw pain is not just stress, it can be a more problematic than just that. When a patient experiences pain in the jaw and muscles of the face and neck, it might be TMD. If that is the case, as a dentist what is your role?TMJ


As a dentist it is your duty to identify problems with your patients. If your patient visits your office complaining of jaw pain, face pain or neck pain, it doesn’t just mean they are suffering from stress—it can be a lot more than that. Identifying the sources of the craniofacial or temporomandibular joint pain is important in providing a treatment solution for pain relief. By understanding the source of pain and if it is dental related, you can offer an appropriate solution to eliminate or lessen the discomfort.


Often times, oral appliance therapy is just what your patient might need. Treatments will be tailored to each patient’s individual symptoms and contributing factors. It may be difficult to resolve and treatment focuses on management of the symptoms and restoring function. Simple treatment to relieve the discomfort and restore proper functioning is often all that is needed. Typically, a conservative treatment, such as oral appliance therapy, is recommended because it causes no permanent changes in the structure.

Contact Dr. Mayoor Patel for more information on craniofacial pain and TMD for a better understanding of how to properly care for your patients.

How to Use Dr. Patel’s Educational Sleep Apnea Book

Dr. Mayoor Patel recently has his book, “Freedom from CPAP: Sleep Apnea Hurts, the Cure Doesn’t Have To,” published with the help of Dr. Dillard. If you have picked up this educational book on sleep apnea, or even multiple copies, now what? It’s simple. With the availability of Dr. Patel’s educational book on sleep apnea, you can help your patients get the care they need through better understanding. Let’s take a look at a couple ways you can use Dr. Patel’s educational book on sleep apnea to help your patients and staff.


Explain Sleep Apnea

One of the main purposes of this sleep apnea book is to get your patients “in the know” with sleep apnea and what it is. By understanding sleep apnea, your patients can take proactive steps toward better health. Whether you sell this book to your patient, or give it to them, allow your patient to read this book for further knowledge of sleep apnea and treatment options available. The goal of this book is to educate patients on what is sleep apnea and treatment options other than CPAP that are currently available for comfortable care.

Inform Your Staff

“Freedom from CPAP: Sleep Apnea Hurts, the Cure Doesn’t Have To,” can also be a beneficial tool for your office. Supply this book for your team, or have them purchase the book to improve their knowledge and understanding of sleep apnea. While it is important for patients to understand this condition, it is even more important for your dental office to know sleep apnea, what it is and how to treat it. Knowledgeable staff members go a long way in helping with diagnosis and treatment of your patients.

Take charge of your office and your patients’ health by providing, “Freedom from CPAP: Sleep Apnea Hurts, the Cure Doesn’t Have To.” The more your patients and staff know, the better they are equipped to take the next steps in sleep apnea recognition and treatment. To purchase, “Freedom from CPAP: Sleep Apnea Hurts, the Cure Doesn’t Have To,” please visit: http://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Cpap-Sleep-Apnea-Doesnt/dp/1483423832/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1424297655&sr=1-1&keywords=freedom+from+cpap.

Be Prepared in 2015 with Upcoming Lectures

Let’s get ready for the rest of the year! Attending lectures is beneficial for not only you and your practice, but your patients as well. By understanding each lecture, it is my hope that you will continue to pursue ongoing education to better serve your patients every step of the way in 2015 and beyond. Let’s take a look at some of the upcoming lectures you have to look forward to:slider3-bg1

Sleep Medicine for the Sleep Dentist: March 13-14, 2015 – Jupiter, FL

Hygienist’s Role in Dental Sleep Medicine: March 13-14, 2015 – Jupiter, FL

A Day in the Life: Run Your Practice Like the Experts: March 30-31, 2015 – Atlanta, GA

AACP Sleep Mini Residency Part 1 of 3: April 17-18, 2015 – Atlanta, GA

Advanced Dental Sleep Medicine: April 24-25, 2015 – Jupiter, FL

AACP Sleep Mini Residency Part 2 of 3: May 15-16, 2015 – Atlanta, GA

Pinpoint the Pain: May 29-30, 2015 – Jupiter, FL

A day in the life: Run your practice like the experts: June 15-16, 2015 – Atlanta, GA

AACP Sleep Mini Residency Part 3 of 3: June 19-20, 2015 – Atlanta, GA

There are several more lectures throughout the year, but we will touch base on those at a later date. For now, take a look at your calendars and see which of these lectures you are interested in, can attend and will benefit your practice the most. Remember, learning doesn’t end after graduation—dentistry is a life-long learning field. Contact Dr. Patel further for more information on upcoming lectures and what you should be taking to further improve services offered for your patients.

The Hygienist’s Role in Dental Sleep Medicine

As a dental hygienist, you can save lives, too! Hygienists are typically concerned with looking for and eradicating periodontal disease, and improving their patients’ overall oral health. At the same time, hygienists are looking for cavities, screening for oral cancer, treating periodontal infections, and motivating patients to improve their oral health at home. Dental hygienists also educate patients on the links between periodontal disease and heart attacks, diabetes, and low birth-weight babies. As the first person your patients meet, hygienists offer recommendations based on a patient’s individual needs, which might include advice on sleep.

Sleep Apnea and Hygienists

When going to the dentist, the topic of sleep apnea is not the first thing that comes to mind. However, the area of dental sleep medicine continues to advance each year. Once a dental hygienist has received the proper education, training and CE certification in sleep apnea it is impossible to ignore the signs and symptoms of this potentially deadly condition. Initial screenings reveal that many of your patients might snore, feel tired all the time or knew someone who had been diagnosed with sleep apnea, but had never sought treatment.

Educate Your Patients

In addition to educating your patients on oral diseases and complications, it is important to also educate them on the dangers of sleep apnea and what treatment options are available. Through the knowledge of sleep apnea, patients can become better informed of this potentially deadly disease before it worsens.

As a hygienist you can educate your patients on what sleep apnea is, as well as oral appliances. Explain to your patients how an oral appliance works and how it would be custom-made specifically for their individual needs so they can sleep with an unobstructed airway.

Incorporating dental sleep medicine into your practice is important. It is also extremely beneficial to make sure your dental hygienists receive the education they need to properly identify a problem, as well as establishing and maintaining an effective treatment plan.

Treating sleep apnea in the dental office helps to increase the quality of your patients’ lives. With the help of your hygienists, your patients will sleep better, wake up well rested, and their bed partners will thank you, too! Contact Dr. Mayoor Patel for more information on how your hygienists can also receive the educational training they need to accomplish to help them in identifying and treating sleep apnea in patients.