Complete Continuing Education at ADA 2017

The American Dental Association (ADA) has now opened registration for ADA 2017! This is a great event that takes place every year for dentists and their team members to stay abreast of the latest changes in dentistry. It even offers dentists a chance to complete continuing education to continue to advance their practices—it’s a win-win for everyone. And, this year, I will be joining ADA 2017 as a panel speaker on dental sleep medicine!

About ADA 2017

ADA 2017—America’s Dental Meeting at the Georgia World Congress Center will be taking place in Atlanta from October 19-23! Dentists from all over the country will be joining ADA 2017 to learn more about dentistry, advanced education and other topics. There will also be a block party, and a special appearance from Peyton Manning, an all around humanitarian dedicated to various foundations. Be sure to visit the Exhibit Hall, too, where hundreds of companies will be showcasing the latest products and technology! If you are in search of continuing education, you can visit ADA.org/meeting/continuing-education and the preliminary program can be downloaded at ADA.org/en/meeting/attendee-information.

Dental Sleep Medicine Panel

Now is the time to get hands on experience within advanced areas of dentistry! At this year’s ADA 2017, I will be participating in the Sleep Medicine Panel: Ask the Experts on Thursday, October 19th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This panel is available to help you grow as a dentist within the dental sleep medicine field.

If you have ever attended a continuing education course for dental sleep medicine with questions, now is the time to speak up. I will join three other sleep experts on this panel to present short summaries of our approaches for treating patients. Don’t worry; there will be plenty of room for in-depth discussion of what is on your mind. Feel free to bring your team, as well as billing and practical questions for us to answer!

I want to make sure you leave here with the knowledge you need to successfully implement dental sleep medicine at your practice. By attending this course, you will leave with a better understanding of various perspectives of treating sleep patients in your dental office, improved confidence in practicing dental sleep medicine, and comfort in billing medical insurance for sleep therapy.

I look forward to meeting you all and helping you better understand dental sleep medicine! To learn more, please visit our ADA 2017 course page.

International Board Member of British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine

Over the past year, I have been working closely with Dr. Aditi Desai and her team at the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine (BSDSM) to educate dentists. Together we have created an effective lecture series to better provide advanced information for dentists in the UK.

Last summer I flew to London to lead an “Introduction to Dental Sleep Medicine” with the BSDSM. This group of dentists were so interested in dental sleep medicine that we worked together to ensure we could continue to provide these courses every year. In the introduction course, I worked with Dr. Desai on a module for temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), craniofacial pain (CFP), and sleep bruxism (SB).

After working with Dr. Desai at the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine, it is my pleasure to announce my new position as International Board. I look forward to working more with Dr. Desai, other board members and the dentists in London, as well as surrounding countries. Together we can continue to provide exceptional education on dental sleep medicine, TMD and craniofacial pain.

Should Sleep Apnea Really be the Best Defense in a Trial?

We’ve heard it several times already, “sleep apnea made me do it” or “sleep apnea is the reason I fell asleep.” Is this argument always valid? Should we pay closer attention to those who claim they suffer from sleep apnea? These are all important questions, and while we don’t want to lessen the severity that sleep apnea has on an individual, we also don’t want to overuse it. In a New York Post article, sleep apnea appears to be a lawyer’s new favorite criminal defense.

The Charge

On a flight, a 21-year-old woman had her earbuds in and hood up while she was eating her in-flight lunch when a large middle-aged man sleeping next to her appeared to jump awake. At first, the man grabbed the woman’s shoulder. Soon after he went around and grabbed the woman’s right breast. The groping from the large man lasted about 30 seconds before fellow passengers could pull them apart. The woman’s attacker was brought up on federal sex-abuse charges.

The Defense

In response to the federal sex-abuse charges, the man’s lawyer presented a bizarre defense that has been used far too often. And, that’s a shame for those who actually suffer from this condition. He said, “Sleep apnea made me do it.” The man was eventually acquitted.

Can you believe that? A deadly condition like sleep apnea is not one to be used lightly, and when someone uses this condition as an excuse, it can give sleep apnea a bad name. We don’t want that to happen.

What We Can Do

We’ve seen this happen far too many times now, but what can we do about it? While we can’t change the opinions, we can continue to educate our patients. Through proper education and treatment, we can not only help our patients live healthier lives, but also understand the true definition of this condition.

From train crashes to cases of sexual abuse, where do we draw the line? I wish I knew the answer to this, but I believe that the more we educate ourselves, employees, and patients, the more we can avoid these situations. Whether it is preventing a crash through proper treatment, or allowing for people like the man in this story to not get away with sleep apnea as an excuse for touching a woman by providing proper education, we need to stay strong.

Sleep apnea is a serious condition, and we need to continue to provide the services we offer in order to educate the masses.

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!