Dentists frequently encounter patients complaining of facial pain; at the same time, dentists are screening their patients for risk of sleep disordered breathing. Solutions to each of these problems are highly interconnected. The dentist seeking comprehensive skills can attend this Pankey course to learn how various problems are presented by patients and how to direct therapy to achieve the best possible outcome. Dentists already providing sleep and breathing appliances often encounter side effects that must be managed; this course addresses that need.
Incorporating these new skills requires every member of the team be educated and comfortable with therapy beyond the normal dental focus. Specific protocols and systems will be presented to break through the comfort zone and allow advanced levels of patient care.
- Create a proper medical examination with CC, HPI, PFSH, and PE elements
- Bring teaching objectives to her/his team for development of new systems
- Have confidence in managing side effects of using mandibular advancement devices to treat sleep disordered breathing
- Use new verbal skills to communicate with team members, patients, and medical colleagues about full management of patients
- Properly document the findings of the medical exam and ongoing therapy
- Have an understanding of medical billing systems, Medicare and the difference between medical and dental reimbursement schemes
- Learn systems for implementation of dental sleep in the dental office for screen, testing and treating snoring and OSA
- Learn systems for titrating MAD’s and knowing what to do next
- Knowing which devices to use for which patients (or which devices to use with TMD patients)
- Managing patients who don’t respond to dental sleep devices – Combination therapy
- Communication with your medical colleges
- Learn ten steps to building a dental sleep practice
- Learn how to get paid for dental sleep medicine
- Learn which patients respond best to dental sleep therapy and success rates of MAD’s