Do you know that as a dental practitioner, your experience and expertise uniquely situate you in a position to manage Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) with Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)? The facts surrounding this public healthcare crisis are staggering: 55 million adults suffer from a sleep disorder, 80-90% of adults with OSA remain undiagnosed, and 1 in 4 of your patients is already suffering from OSA With 25% of your existing patients suffering from OSA and the vast majority of your town remaining undiagnosed, your role in managing OSA in your patients is both crucial to solving this public healthcare crisis and a valuable revenue stream for your dental practice. But how do you get started? The recently updated American Academy of Sleep Medicine guidelines recommend that dentists first become qualified to treat sleep apnea with OAT. As you must work with a physician to manage OSA, you should look for an organization to help you become qualified in both the dental and medical aspects of sleep medicine. When choosing an organization, ask yourself these questions: Does this organization offer easily accessible, online and on-demand, step-by-step credentialing programs that provide me with the necessary dental and medical knowledge? Becoming a qualified clinician no longer means traveling across the country and spending countless hours away from your family and practice. The world is digital now. If an organization requires you to travel multiple times to prepare for a pen-and-paper credentialing examination, ask yourself why? Could it be that they do not care to be innovative? Perhaps they are antiquated? No matter what the reasoning, your dental practice is successful because you must remain on top of the industry and remain an innovative key player in the field. You should expect the same [...]
As those of you who attended our conference last month already know, preventative care for pediatric obstructive sleep apnea is crucial to successful childhood development. Our speakers included nurse practitioners, pulmonologists, certified orofacial myologists, ENTs, and dentists; all coming together to present a multidisciplinary perspective on pediatric obstructive sleep apnea. Use this post to share your experience with our blogging community.
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