Stop Putting Off Education–Start Now!

I’ve heard it before, “I’ll find time next year for continuing education courses. I’m too busy now.” But the thing is, next year will turn into another year and another. Next thing you know, it will be five years down the road and you still haven’t completed that continuing education you’ve been meaning to.

I’m holding you to your 2016 goal of attending more courses “next year”. Now that we’re four months into 2017, I think you should sign up for an upcoming lecture. I’ve even made it easy for you by including my lectures through September (with links), so you can gain access to all the information right here instead of jumping from page to page. Let’s take a look:

 

  • April 28-29, 2017 in Jupiter, FL
  • Screening your existing dental patients for obstructive sleep apnea is a crucial piece of the dental sleep medicine puzzle. Are you ready?

 

  • May 12-13, 2017 in Atlanta, GA
    • Topic: Pinpoint the Pain: TMD, Craniofacial Pain
    • Did you know 45 million Americans suffer from TMD & headaches, but a majority go untreated? Get involved in helping these patients by understanding common pain complaints in the head and neck, how to diagnose pain and TMD, when and how to treat, and when to refer.

 

  • May 19-20, 2017 in New York, NY

 

    • This interactive sleep, TMJ, & pain symposium will give you the knowledge you need to integrate yourself into the sleep and pain medical community, increasing your knowledge and referral network, while providing your patients the best quality care.

 

  • July 7-8, 2017 in Chicago, IL

 

    • Did you know there is a link between sleep apnea, bruxism, and craniofacial pain? Learn how to assess your patients, prioritize, and fabricate a treatment plan that provides the best results for these three conditions.

 

  • July 14-15, 2017 in Atlanta, GA

 

    • Get involved in helping patients suffering from TMD or Craniofacial Pain by understanding common pain complaints in the head and neck, how to diagnose pain and TMD, when and how to treat, and when to refer.

 

  • July 21-22, 2017 in Atlanta, GA

 

    • The SCOPE Institute Dental Sleep Medicine Mini Residency is a 4-session, 64 CE Credit program designed to give dental practices the knowledge and guidance to fully incorporate obstructive sleep apnea treatment into their practice, and the experience to overcome obstacles in order to grow and flourish in dental sleep medicine.

 

  • September 15-16, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ

 

    • Continue to learn more about common pain complaints in the head and neck, how to diagnose pain and TMD, when and how to treat, and when to refer.

Which lecture series are you interested in the most? Share your answers with me–I’d love to hear from you. I look forward to seeing everyone at an upcoming lecture in 2017!

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.

 

Teaching Dental Sleep Medicine in Dental School at West Virginia University

Previously we have discussed the need to incorporate dental sleep medicine courses into the curriculum at dental schools. While this continues to be an area that we need to focus on, I have some exciting news to share with you all. To my knowledge, the first school where the dean is proactive in incorporating dental sleep medicine (DSM) education is West Virginia University School of Dentistry.

Beginning in the first year of dental school, Dean Borgia of West Virginia University ensures students can start receiving classes in DSM. And, to help keep students informed, I have joined forces to provide courses on DSM and other areas. Teaching

My Time Teaching at WVU

Topics are covered at West Virginia University as they cover sections in Basic Science. When students complete head and neck anatomy, I came in to visit and teach about Airway Anatomy as it relates to sleep apnea. Understanding the airway and how it can affect a patient’s sleeping patterns due to sleep apnea, and other sleep disordered breathing conditions, is vital in maintaining your patients’ health and improving service offerings.

Next, when students’ classes covered respiration in physiology, I came in again to discuss sleep physiology. There are two types of sleep, non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM). By understanding these types of sleep, and their role in sleep apnea, as well as other areas, students can continue to learn the importance of DSM and caring for their patients.

This occurs each time students reach a place in their learning where dental sleep medicine come into the picture. By providing these added courses, we can pave the way for our students to begin their dental careers with more knowledge than ever before. And, while they will still need to complete more education each year to remain up-to-date, the dean, a few of my colleagues  and myself are able to get them prepared for the future.

Providing advanced classes in dental sleep medicine at our Universities should be a requirement for all dental schools. I am glad West Virginia University’s School of Dentistry Dean has taken that next step in providing classes at each phase of learning. To learn more about my upcoming lectures, and where I might be next, please visit my Upcoming Lectures page.

Be on the Lookout for These Upcoming Lectures!

When we were kids we looked forward to summer break so we could hangout with our friends, enjoy the weather and go on vacation. I know, that was my favorite, too. However, as we grow up we often lose out on those set summer vacations with a break from learning in school. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing at all! We can still enjoy our summers while also working and learning at the same time!

To help you provide your patients with the best care possible it is important to attend seminars and lectures for continuing education, which can also be a little vacation when these classes take place out of town! Here are some upcoming lectures you can look forward to for a little extra vacation and learning in 2016:

July 15-16, 2016

Topic: Pain & Sleep Symposium

Location: Atlanta, GA

Interested in growing your dental practice in the area of sleep apnea, TMD and craniofacial pain by working with the medical community? Then this Pain & Sleep Symposium is just what you are looking for!

July 29, 2016

Topic: Pharmacology, AACP

Location: Austin,TX

In this session I will perform a detailed review of pharmacological principles for patients with temporomandibular disorder to further help you in diagnosis and treatment.

July 30, 2016

Topic: Identifying SDB in your practice. July 30th 2016, AACP

Location: Austin,TX

On day two I will help in identifying sleep disordered breathing in your practice. Have you ever wondered about lateral tongue scalloping, cervical non-carious lesions, vaulted palate among other areas while performing your patients’ dental examinations? You may not realize it yet, but there are many signs and symptoms you might be noticing while your patient is in the dental chair that may contribute to bigger problems. By understanding clinical findings, you can help reduce your patients’ risks for systemic diseases such as stroke, hypertension and more. Let’s journey through and understand what you can do for your patients.

Upon completion of this presentation, attendees will be able to understand and identify Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB); understand the risks of not treating SDB; identify the signs that suggest the likelihood of SDB; and take the next steps when SDB is detected.

September 9-10, 2016

Topic: Advancing your Dental Sleep Medicine Practice

Location: Houston, TX

Many dentists have taken several dental sleep medicine courses but find themselves struggling to make sleep apnea treatment a profitable service in their dental practice.Tailored to the dental practice that has begun treating obstructive sleep apnea, this course will help take your dental sleep medicine practice to the next level.

September 23-24, 2016

Topic: ABC – Airway, Bruxism & Craniofacial Pain

Location: Chicago, IL

Did you know there is a link between sleep apnea, bruxism, and craniofacial pain? It is becoming increasingly clear that dentists involved in either sleep apnea, TMJ pain, or bruxism treatment should be knowledgeable in all three areas. Learn how to assess your patients, prioritize, and fabricate a treatment plan that provides the best results for these three conditions.

Take a break from the office and join me for one of my upcoming lectures! It will get you out of the office into a new location to not only gain a better understanding of dental sleep medicine or craniofacial pain, but meet other dentists struggling with the same issues and enjoy the new scenery! You can view other lectures here.