American Thoracic Society International Conference May 19th - 24th, 2017 Washington, DC Postgraduate Course (PG10) Oral Appliance Therapy and Related Topics in Dental Sleep Medicine Friday, May 19th, 2017 Session Description: This postgraduate course will cover the foundation of knowledge about obstructive sleep apnea and clinical signs in the oral cavity and relevant medical history. How to screen patients for oral appliance therapy, and evaluate effective mandibular advancement devices, including titration processes will be addressed as well as treating sleep apnea patients in an interdisciplinary fashion, with alternative treatment modalities. Registration Information: Pre-registration and additional fees required. Continental breakfast and box lunch included. Attendance is limited. Member: $350; In-Training Member: $200; Non-Member: $425; In-Training Non-Member: $300. Download the Flyer
According to a recent cross-country comparative analysis conducted by the Rand Corporation, insufficient sleep not only causes adverse effects on health, well-being, and productivity, but also has far reaching global economic implications. The study found that insufficient sleep: Costs the United States $411 billion annually Results in the equivalent loss of 1.23 million working days annually Is linked to higher mortality risk. Though the findings above highlight costs associated with sleep deprivation in the United States, the Rand Corporation has provided comparative-quantitative figures that define the scale of this worldwide "public health problem." Download Why Sleep Matters eBook. By managing your existing patients' sleep-related breathing disorders, you are in a unique position to combat this "public health problem" while adding revenue to your existing practice. The ACSDD invites you to become a qualified dental sleep medicine practitioner with our entirely online and on-demand Academic Certificate in Dental Sleep Medicine. Register for the Academic Certificate before Dec. 9th and receive a little something extra from us!
James Metz, DDS - 2017 Sleep Medicine Collaborative Conference Co-Chair James Metz, DDS James Metz, DDS is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and the founder of Metz Center for Sleep Apnea. His clinic provides patients with a healthy alternative to treatment devices like CPAP. Dr. Metz also maintains a private general dentistry practice with an emphasis on dental sleep medicine and restorative dentistry. Dr. Metz participated in the September 2016 Chronic Care 2016 conference jointly sponsored by the ACSDD and the AACSM where he lectured on the relationship between Dentofacial Conditions and Sleep Disorders Dr. Metz will be co-chair of the conference planning committee for the 2017 ACSDD/AACSM Sleep Medicine Collaborative. Mark you calendars for October 27th - 28th, 2016.
Lt. Col. Christopher Lettieri, MD - 2017 Sleep Medicine Collaborative Conference Co-Chair Lt. Col. Christopher Lettieri, MD Lt. Col. Christopher Lettieri, MD is a Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University and currently serves as the Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Consultant to the US Army Surgeon General. He is also the Program Director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship at the National Capital Consortium. Lt. Col. Lettieri participated in the September 2016 Chronic Care 2016 conference jointly sponsored by the ACSDD and the AACSM where he lectured on the relationship between Sleep Disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Lt. Col. Lettieri will be co-chair of the conference planning committee for the 2017 ACSDD/AACSM Sleep Medicine Collaborative. Mark you calendars for October 27th - 28th, 2016.
Relationship between Sleep and Chronic Illness Front and Center in New UMass Grant The College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts has been awarded a $1.23 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research to create a new center where scientists will develop technologies to help people with chronic illness manage impaired sleep. According to Cynthia Jacelon, professor of nursing and center director, “The UManage Center will help individuals with chronic illness live healthier, more functional lives. Teams will use emerging technologies being developed on the UMass Amherst campus to help manage symptoms affecting millions of individuals with chronic conditions that interfere with living life to the fullest.” The relationship between Chronic Illness and Sleep is moving into the forefront of healthcare delivery. If you would like to learn more about the relationship between Sleep and Chronic Illness, Get Instant OnDemand Access to the ACSDD/AACSM Chronic Care conference that took place September 2016 in Scottsdale. Click here to read the full article.
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 [...]
Are you interested in learning more about integrating dental sleep medicine into your practice? Join John Bixby, DMD,D.ACSDD and OASYS developer, previous ACSDD conference lecturer, and ACSDD member, Mark Abramson, DDS for a lecture and hands-on learning experience with 14 continuing education credits. You can download the 2013-2014 brochure for more information.