Sleep Medicine in the Dental Practice provides knowledge and understanding of sleep physiology and the life-threatening consequences of sleep-disordered breathing. It also addresses strategies for screening and treating sleep disorder patients within your dental practice. Many at-risk patients are candidates for therapy that can be applied by the dentist, and many patients who are suffering with a sleep disorder can be treated in the dental practice working in an interdisciplinary relationship with a sleep physician. Screening for at-risk patients and application of oral appliance therapy is an easy and natural addition for almost every dental practice. What is not so natural or easy is incorporating a therapeutic service that is delivered using the medical model into a dental practice. The medical model is a different design with a different paradigm and it can be a challenging undertaking without proper coaching and assistance.
Whether you are seeking a new intellectual challenge, wish to help your dental patients by screening for risks, or are looking to add to the therapies you provide, dental sleep medicine is the most different, most interesting, and most impactful opportunities in dentistry today.
PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN:
-To screen patients for sleep disorders as a regular part of an examination -To identify when to treat and when to treat with the sleep physician -How to build an interdisciplinary relationship with the sleep physician -To recognize types and applications of oral appliances used for sleep disorders -To decide when, how, and if sleep dentistry should become part of the practice -How to implement the medical reporting model for sleep disorder patients