Dental Sleep Medicine Resources for Dentists

Business AnalyticsJust like your patients need further education on sleep apnea and other areas of dental sleep medicine, and so do you.  As a dentist it is important to continue to further your education so that you are constantly up-to-date on important information. After all, you want to become an expert in your area of study and these dental sleep medicine resources can help you do just that. Below you can find three resources to help you continue to provide the services your patients need:

Nierman Practice Management

Since 1988, Nierman Practice Management has worked to help dentists’ offices become more productive. The availability of DentalWriter helps improve efficiency so there is less paperwork to complete, but more time to spend with the patient. Learn more about Nierman Practice Management, upcoming lectures and how you can improve your practice.

The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

The AADSM was established in 1991 and is the only non-profit national professional society dedicated exclusively to the practice of dental sleep medicine. As a leading national organization for dentists who use oral appliance therapy to manage sleep disordered breathing, the AADSM continues to provide dentists with the resources they need to successfully implement dental sleep medicine in there practice.

American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine

The American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) is an independent board of examiners that was established in 2004 for duly licensed dentists who treat sleep apnea related breathing disorders. They then evolved from and replaced the Certification Program of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dentists are encouraged to visit the ABDSM for more information and proper certification.

Contact Dr. Mayoor Patel for more information on dental sleep medicine (DSM), and where you can turn to for up-to-date information so that you can continue to grow your practice.

The Dentist and Writer: A Perfect Match for Success

handshakeIt’s a team you might have never thought was possible: the dentist and the writer. While these professions are on two separate ends of the spectrum, they actually make quite the duo. Think about marketing. In order to gain new patients and get your name out there you need a marketing plan—a good one at that. With help from a writer, you can create a successful marketing campaign that includes social media management, blogging, and many other options.

Start Blogging

Whether you are beginning a general dentistry practice or a dental sleep medicine practice, start blogging! I understand that you are busy with seeing patients, but hiring a freelance writer can help eliminate the stress of needing to blog weekly. I currently use Sara Berg as my freelance writer—she has been writing for my office for two years now. Work with a writer you can trust and create topics that interest your office and patients. Start with the services you offer and then expand. Think about questions your patients frequently ask and start writing! Weekly blogs can help you reach your patients and develop a trusting relationship because it shows you are an expert in your field.

Be Social

You might already have Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Instagram, but are you using it to your advantage? In addition to your personal social media channels, create ones for your practice. By doing so, your writer can keep your social network up-to-date with important information, while also sharing your blog posts each week. Share important articles, updates on your practice, photos and blog posts so your patients are constantly in-the-know for important information. The number of times you should be posting varies from each network and how often you want your patients to be updated. Try for at least once a week and increase posting with each special message you want to share. A partnership with a freelance writer eliminates the need for you to post every week. The writer will update the social media channels for you with blogs and other informative updates. Share important information with the writer as it comes up.

Market, Market, Market

Marketing is vital for a successful practice—how else will you reach current and new patients? Marketing covers all other areas for your practice. From website content creation to articles, newsletters and emails, a writer can help you create each document. Send monthly newsletters to keep your patients up-to-date because, with a writer, you can more effectively create shareable information. Talk to your writer about information that should be included in a newsletter and you can get to sharing!

Even more important is your website. A website will allow your practice to be easily searchable on the Internet, so include accurate educational information about each of the services you have to offer at your practice. This is also where you will find your blog. Working with a writer will help you to create professional and educational content that your patients, and even other doctors, will want to read.

Become an expert in your field not only at your practice, but throughout the Internet as well. Working with a writer can help you reach your patients and other doctors, as well—it takes the stress off of you and allows you to have creative, up-to-date content for easy access in all areas.

Staying Ahead of the Curve

slider3-bg1As a dentist it might be difficult to stand out among your competition. With dental offices popping up in your community, how do you stay ahead of the rest? It’s simple and we’ve mentioned it before: offer Dental Sleep Medicine in your practice. By offering Dental Sleep Medicine and remaining up-to-date with important information you can stay ahead of the curve and stand out among other dentists in your community. Let’s take a look at how you can accomplish this.

Attend Lectures and Courses     

One of the main and most important ways you can begin to integrate dental sleep medicine into your practice is through continuing education. By attending lectures and courses, you can gain a better understanding of dental sleep medicine, how to incorporate it into your practice and the best ways to inform your patients. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to the services you offer your patients. And, the best part is your entire staff can attend courses together for a well-rounded dental team. Dr. Mayoor Patel and Nierman Practice Management currently offer an array of lectures throughout 2015 to help you better understand dental sleep medicine and how to incorporate it into your practice.

Create a Working Relationship with a Sleep MD

Once you have completed continuing education for you and your team, you will want to introduce yourself to your local sleep MD. By creating a working relationship, you are opening up the doorway to new patients and a collaborative effort between both parties. In order to provide oral appliance therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea, your patient will need a referral and a proper diagnosis. This is where a Sleep MD comes into the picture. Through your working relationship, you can send patients to this doctor for diagnosis, just as this doctor may send patients to you for oral appliance therapy. Keep the door open for collaborative efforts between your office and other doctors that can help in the treatment of sleep apnea for your patients.

Stay ahead of the curve by offering Dental Sleep Medicine in your office—your patients will thank you. Contact Dr. Mayoor Patel for more information on how to provide these improved services and to sign up for upcoming lectures.

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.