Start planning for 2019: Sign up for these pain courses

If you’re like me then you like to plan ahead. There are times you might wish you knew about a dental sleep medicine (DSM) course sooner than the week before–believe me, I get it. Well, to help those who are planners, here are three DSM courses at the start of 2019 you can plan ahead for!

March 15-17, 2019, Orofacial Pain Mini Residency Session 1 in Atlanta. This is a comprehensive two-session, 38 CE Credit program designed to give dental practices the knowledge and guidance to fully incorporate orofacial pain treatment into their practice. The program is led by industry mentors Dr. Mayoor Patel, DDS, MS, RPSGT, D.ABDSM, DABCP, DABCDSM, DABOP and former AACP president Dr. Terry Bennett, DDS, D.ABDSM, D.ABCP, D.ABCDSM.

With an emphasis on hands-on learning, attendees gain the skills and confidence needed to be successful in all aspects of TMD & craniofacial pain treatment. The first session will consist of:

  • Neuroanatomy.
  • The concepts and fundamentals of pain.
  • Musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Neuropathic disorders.
  • Neurovascular disorders.
  • Hands-on examination and documentation systems.
  • Medical billing for TMD treatment.

April 26-27, 2019, The Appliance Course for Dental Sleep Medicine & TMD in Scottsdale, AZ. There are so many obstructive sleep apnea and TMD appliances in the dental market, so how do you know which one to choose for which patient? It might be a bit overwhelming, but that is where this lecture helps. The Dental Sleep Medicine and TMD appliance course is a two-day journey towards increasing your mastery of dental sleep medicine and TMD appliances. In this course you will learn:

  • The pros and cons of each major appliance, and which one is right for each patient.
  • How to develop communication protocols with patients and dental labs for more successful outcomes.
  • Comprehensive exams and hands-on bite registration techniques.
  • Triaging between sleep apnea and TMD treatment.
  • The latest medical billing policies, codes, and best practices for successful reimbursement.

June 14-15, 2019, Orofacial Pain Mini Residency Session 2 in Atlanta. Session two of the Orofacial Pain Mini Residency will cover imaging, pharmaceuticals, and adjunct therapy for orofacial pain. Therapy for craniomandibular disorders, orthotic therapy, and a review of other common orofacial pain conditions is covered before diving into hands-on injection therapy, and closing with sleep and pain, and case studies.

To learn more about upcoming lectures, please visit http://mpateldds.com/upcoming-lecture/. I look forward to seeing you an an upcoming lecture or mini-residency covering the topic of pain!

Patients and Neck Pain: How You Can Help

We have all experienced what might seem like a stiff neck because we slept the wrong way or whipped our head around too fast. Or, let’s face it, we might have even done one small movement that normally wouldn’t cause pain, but did—we’ve all been there. Either way, when your patients experience neck pain it can disrupt their daily activities while limiting movements. That neck pain or stiffness they are experiencing can be related to their oral health.

Understanding Neck Pain

When it comes to neck pain, it is important to help your patients find a treatment option. Neck pain can come from many different places, with the most common cause being simple overexertion or muscle strain. Regardless of the source of the neck pain, it is clear that treating it can often be a challenge—especially in cases of chronic discomfort.

Many treatments simply address neck pain without correcting the actual issue that is causing neck pain in the first place. Today, more and more people are beginning to discover the benefits of visiting their dentist about their neck pain. So, when a patient suffers from neck pain, you want to be able to provide them relief within your dental practice—it saves them another trip to the doctor!

The Connection

It is important to understand the underlying connection between neck pain and oral origins. Most people consider neck pain to be limited solely to physical stress. However, the mouth and jaw hold significant clues as to why your patients are experiencing neck pain—it is often linked to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is highly complex and has a wide range of motions.

The TMJ is responsible for coordinating every movement of the mouth, whether speaking or chewing. While it is responsible for an array of movements of the mouth, it can often be prone to improper function, which is TMD. This shifting can disturb the natural and correct pattern in which a patient’s teeth come together, which can cause inflammation of the surrounding tissues.

Due to this inflammation and pain, your patient might be experiencing neck pain. Through your knowledge of TMD and the problems that are associated with the TMJ, you can help your patients find relief from their neck pain. To learn more about TMD, neck pain, and craniofacial pain, I encourage you to attend an upcoming seminar or lecture series—it can make all the difference in helping you diagnose and treat your patients’ pain.

Why Should I Treat Craniofacial Pain in My Office?

woman-painDentistry is about more than just teeth and gums—it has to do with not only treating oral health, but overall health as well. For that reason, I want you to begin to contemplate offering craniofacial pain services in your office. By offer craniofacial pain services in your practice, you are creating more opportunity for yourself and your team to help treat patients and improve their overall quality of life.

Tell Me More…

Well, craniofacial pain can often be a difficult subject because most dentists receive very little education and exposure to treating patients with these conditions. I understand how important it is to continue to improve your education and understanding of the dental field—I complete continuing courses yearly, too. By advancing your understanding of craniofacial pain, you can better understand how beneficial it is for patients when they visit your dental office.

Continuing Education

I, personally, have received extensive training in treating craniofacial pain and am available to work with other dentists to provide proper training so that you can provide craniofacial pain diagnosis and treatment at your dental office. I received my Certificate in Fundamentals of Diagnosis and Treatment of TMD and CFP from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. I also received Fellowship from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (FAACP) and Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain (DABCP).

To continue your education in the area of craniofacial pain, I suggest visiting my Lectures page to view upcoming dates. By attending these lectures, you can continue to improve the services you offer at your dental practice! Because this pain is not new, it is important to understand where it is coming from and how to properly treat it. As a dentist you are the first line of defense for patients suffering from craniofacial pain—there is a growing realization that a common cause of pain is through a bad bite. By attending some of my upcoming lectures, you can learn about your role in the diagnosis and treatment of craniofacial pain.

If you have any questions about craniofacial pain, please contact me. Take the next step toward relieving your patients’ pain. I look forward to working with each of you in expanding your dental practice with craniofacial pain services!

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!