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Here’s one example of what will be learned in this Omaha Dental Sleep Medicine course.
The Mallampati exam is a very useful test that anyone can do to determine the likelihood of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
The  Mallampati Score is an effective indicator of a compromised airway.   The subject can be sitting or standing with a vertical axis of their body and head.  As long as the tongue is protruding we are able to see the airway. The variables are, above, the soft palate and uvula, laterally the walls of the fauces (or the tonsils and adenoids), and below, the base of the tongue.
The tongue is the most common offender for obstructive sleep apnea. Macroglossia can be effectively dealt with by oral appliance therapy- a mandibular advancement device (MAD).
Your Sleep Coordinator or Hygienist can do this exam. Class III and IV must be treated.

This is all taught in the Omaha Dental Sleep Medicine course.

Register for it here:   http://join.sleepgroupsolutions.com/seminars/omaha-ne-2/#axzz5L30Qyh9D

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is a MUST attend for any dental office that is looking to implement a Sleep Protocol, or learn how to increase existing Sleep revenues.

Day 1

● Sleep 101 – sleep stages, disorders and the need for sleep apnea treatment

● Sleep apnea symptoms/clinical issues

● Improving Case Acceptance – Treating snoring and sleep apnea in a dental office.

● Prepare overnight home sleep study for select course attendees

● Hands on with Pharyngometer / Rhinometer for airway testing

● Working with Sleep Physicians and Building relationships with local MD’s

Day 2

● Download previous night’s Home Sleep Tests study and review study data and sleep report with class

● Dental Sleep Medicine step-by-step protocol flow chart

● Oral Appliance Pro’s & Con’s: Dorsal, Herbst, EMA, TAP, Panthera, and SomnoMed

● Case presentations and How to Market a Sleep Practice

● Review of the latest codes, fees, procedures with medical billing and Medicare.

 

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We know you are interested in developing a strong presence in the exciting and profitable world of Dental Sleep Medicine. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions.

  1. “Are there enough patients who need my DSM Service?”

If  you did not get one new patient coming to your office because of your new magnet (DSM) you could keep a schedule filled with your existing patients. Studies show that 34 percent of the American public have symptoms of sleep disorder. That means that one of every three people that you currently treat (aside from those new patients that hear about you), are there for you to help.

According to a Harvard health report there are 18.9 million undiagnosed cases of obstructive sleep apnea and 40% (1.3 million) of CPAP users are non-compliant. So that alone conservatively projects 20.2 million victims of obstructive sleep apnea who may be helped by a dentist trained in Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). Is there any better opportunity today in dentistry?

  1. “Why is THIS the best time for me to learn DSM?

Dental Sleep Medicine is the hottest button in dentistry today.
Awareness of sleep apnea in America is at an all-time peak. The fires of awareness are being stoked by the public media and by social media. Patients are understanding and becoming increasingly more concerned about the blockage of oxygen to the brain and to other organs. Strokes. Heart attacks. Diabetes. Dementia. People are recognizing that they have the symptoms and are asking their Dentists about it. Some Dentists have the solutions. Every Dentist would like to be “The Sleep Dentist.

  1. “How would I get paid? Do Insurances cover the Services?”

With training in Dental Sleep Medicine you will learn the answers to these often asked questions about reimbursement:

-What is the difference between dental and medical codes?
-What is Durable Medical Equipment and how does that apply to us, as dentists?
-How some dentists leave thousands of dollars of medical reimbursement on the table and lose case acceptance in the process
-What documents do I need for successful medical insurance processing?
-What do I need to know about Medicare?

-The number one medical billing error you should not make

-What  are the deductibles?

-An easy way to help your entire team eliminate any problems with Medical Billing

 4.  “How do I get Started?”

If you are interested enough to have read this far, you have already started. To succeed in DSM you must have passion for helping people and excitement for being at the forefront of a new medical/dental science. With only 4% of dental practices qualified to offer these services, you can be proud to be a medical/dental pioneer.

The first step in your education is to attend a DSM training seminar. There you will learn all the basics. Sleep Group Solutions presents two-day seminars every weekend in two different cities. The “Introduction to Dental Sleep Medicine” covers all aspects “from A to Pay”. You will learn the mysteries of the science of sleep, a functional protocol for screening and treating patients, how to find patients who need your services, the various intra-oral appliances and how to monitor their efficacy. and billing benefits with medical codes.

Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is the most convenient and preferred therapy for the mild and moderate cases and for those patients who cannot tolerate the CPAP device. Fortunately, this is where The Dentist rides in on a white horse to the rescue. We dentists, like to say, we are on the front line of the battle against sleep apnea. Dentists are in the optimum position to see the signs and symptoms and can offer the most preferred solutions to the problem..
In the words of the Great Master Yoda, in the classic Star Wars movies, “There is no ‘try’; there is only ‘do’ or ‘do not’.”

Beginning with the seminar training, the dentist must be 1000% committed to success. (Anything we endeavor will be more likely to be achieved when we are positive that we will win.) The seminar training is only the beginning of the learning process. We must retain what we have learned, continue to study, to research all new ideas and to practice our treatment plan presentations with our teams. Everyone on the team must be skilled and committed.

Sleep Apnea training, although essential, is not the end of the education. It is, as Winston Churchill said in 1942 during WWII,  “…this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

First Choice Practice Sales and Sleep Group Solutions

present an exciting training course on Dental Sleep Medicine with an amazing offer.

Treating Snoring and Sleep Apnea in the Dental Office – An effective protocol

Including Medical Billing for Dentists

Date:          June 22,23, 2018

Time:          8 A.M. to 5 P.M.  Both days

Location:   Ayres Hotel, Costa Mesa/Newport Beach, CA
Presenter: Dr. Dan Tache’
16 CE Credits awarded
This special program is offered by First Choice Practice Sales and Sleep Group Solutions

Of the next three patients that walk thru your doors, one will be a victim of a sleep breathing disorder….will YOU be able to identify and treat that patient?

Today’s “Hot Button”, Dental Sleep Medicine, will make YOU stand out, be sought out and become your uniqueness to serve the needs of 34% of your existing patients and… to attract many new patients. 

 

You will be able to offer not only your EXCELLENCE but also DIFFERENCE.  In this sluggish economy, where there is a perception of “financial doom”,  dental consumers have a tight hold on their wallets; dental service acceptance shows a concerning drop.
Your First Class Service and Patient Engagement are expected as basic “givens”. But what is your clinical niche?
Are YOU the dental practice they must go to? Are you the only practice around that is the “Snooze Dentist”,  the “Snore Dentist”? Are you the “Sleep Dysfunction Dentist”?

Dental Sleep Medicine is where Teeth Whitening was 20 years ago.
It is the “hot button” where Implant Dentistry was 10 years ago.
Strike while the iron is hot. Brand yourself as the “Sleep Dysfunction Dentist”
Sleep Group Solutions is the world’s largest Sleep Apnea company, concentrating on education, intra-oral appliances and supplies for the dental community
One of the most common symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
 During the cessations of breathing the body will increase its efforts to take in air. Abdominal contractions are exaggerated and increase until breathing resumes.
The contractions squeeze the stomach and force acid up the esophagus.
The efforts to breathe also increase a negative pressure in the esophagus which also pull up acid.
                                 
 
Patients in the dental office can be easily screened for Obstructive sleep Apnea (OSA) at the initial oral exam. The signs of Acid Reflux (GERD) are screaming to be noticed: Acid tooth erosion is one consequence,  bruxism is another.  A sleep questionnaire and other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea will prompt the need for a HSS (home sleep study).  This will help determine the diagnosis of OSA and  the severity. By treating the sleep apnea we can save teeth and possibly the patient’s life.
It’s so important to treat sleep apnea for many reasons.  GERD is just one of them.  One out of 3 people have a sleep disorder.  Everyone knows someone with sleep apnea and has a story to tell about it.   Don’t we, as dental professionals, have an obligation to help our patients live healthier and live longer? Every dentist should receive training to identify and treat their OSA affected patients.
 
By Charles Kravitz, DDS
 
Every dentist wants to develop a strong presence in the exciting and profitable world of Dental Sleep Medicine. We have all heard the stories of phenomenal success some dentists have in treating patients for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
 
This article will provide you with the solutions to your questions and get you excited about incorporating Dental Sleep Medicine (DSM).into your Dental Practice.
 
 “How Will Benefit by DSM in my Dental Practice?”
     This is a huge winner for your practice, for you, for your team, and for your patients.
 
    A.  The Benefits for you and your Dental Practice
              1.  Acquire New Patients- lots of them.
 
You will be sought for your unique professional dental service. Awareness of sleep apnea in America is at an all-time peak. The fires of awareness are being stoked by the public media and by social media. Patients are understanding and becoming increasingly more concerned about the blockage of oxygen to their brains and to other organs. Strokes. Heart attacks. Diabetes. Dementia. People are recognizing that they have the symptoms and are asking their Dentists about it. 
 
When people learn that you are “The Sleep Dentist” or “The Snore Clinic”, and you can help them, they will call you. “Build a field and they will come.”( from Field of Dreams.)Your New Patient flow will increase.
 
            2.  Greatly Increased Income
 
With the new patients come new needed services. People who are health conscious and are concerned about their sleep disorder will be equally concerned about their oral health. You will enjoy new opportunities to help your new patients.
 
We know that this dental practice “niche” has quickly evolved into a full time “specialty” for energetic, dedicated dentists. The revenues generated from sleep services are impressive.
 
            3. A Unique Life-saving Service
 
I’m sure you understand that now, more than ever, you need to stand out and be able to offer not only EXCELLENCE, but also DIFFERENCE.  In this sluggish economy, where there is a perception of “financial doom”, (I personally don’t believe in that.), dental consumers have a tight hold on their wallets, and reports of dental service acceptance show a concerning drop. With DSM you will offer a unique dental/medical service.
What are YOU doing now to offer a unique service? Your First Class Service and Patient Engagement are expected as basic “givens”.  But what is your niche ? Are YOU the dental practice they must go to? 
 
            4. Serve an Underserved Need
 
According to a Harvard health report there are 18.9 million undiagnosed cases of obstructive sleep apnea and 40% (1.3 million) of CPAP users are non-compliant. So that alone conservatively projects 20.2 million victims of obstructive sleep apnea who may be helped by a dentist trained in Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). 
 
            5. Significance
 
One of the basic human needs is to feel significant. It is a personal reward we can give ourselves. We dentists enjoy a lifetime of helping our patients. Caring for people is one of the driving forces that made us choose this career. It makes us feel good to know we are helping people to avoid pain, eat healthier, and feel more confident about their appearance. That is all great. But how does it compare to the feeling of saving a patient’s life? When you know you have taken patients who spend half their night’s sleep without oxygen going through their airway and to their brain- and you have corrected their life threatening disease, how does that make you feel? Significant! You will be seen as a hero.
 
    B.  The Benefits to Your Dental Team
 
Every member of your team plays an important role in the Dental Sleep Medicine service and they will enjoy the following benefits: 
 
            1. Professional Pride, Prestige 
 
All team members will know, as you know, that they are steps above the dental community in truly providing comprehensive health care. 
 
 
            2. Providing a Needed Service
Studies show that 34 percent of the American public have symptoms of sleep disorder. That means that one of every three people that you currently treat and of those that are new patients, are there for you to help them.
Your team members will be perfectly positioned to help their family, neighbors, and new friends.
According to a Harvard health report there are 18.9 million undiagnosed cases of obstructive sleep apnea. 
            3.  Rewards  
On top of the emotional rewards that your team members receive, they are contributing to the financial success of your practice. DSM is over 80 percent staff driven and you may feel they deserve to share rewards with you. 
            4.  Job Security  
DSM in a practice can build quickly and strong.Your employees make valuable contributions to its success and have the good feeling of being needed. By the same token, you will know that they are critical to your success and would not want to lose them. 
            5.  Feeling of Significance 
Like you, your employees enjoy the feeling of “making a difference”. Everyone needs to feel significant. It is a personal reward we can give ourselves. Caring for people is one of the driving forces that made your staff want to be a dental professional.  When they know they have taken patients who spend half their night’s sleep without oxygen going through their airway and to their brain- and they have contributed to correcting their life threatening disease, how does that make them feel? Significant! They will be seen as heros.
    C.  Benefits for Your Patients
              1. Your patients will now have a convenient and caring source (you) that can discover and treat that serious disease- Obstructive Sleep Apnea- that wakes them up all through the night and diminishes their quality of living.
            2.  They will understand that trained dental professionals are the best source for discovery of  Obstructive Sleep Apnea. They will spread the word – referrals.
            3. They will know their dentist will be able to offer them the most comfortable and popular treatment for OSA- the Oral Appliance Therapy. (OAT). 
              4. They will be delighted that Medicare and their private insurance, in most cases, will pay for the OAT. 
              5. Your patients will sleep better, feel better, be healthier and live longer. 
 
Contact me to learn more: cskdoc@aol.com
In order to fulfill the essential number of regenerating sleep cycles the average adult needs 7-8 hours. A five stage sleep cycle repeats consistently throughout the night. One complete sleep cycle lasts about 90 minutes. So during an average night’s sleep (8 hours), an adult will experience about four or five cycles of sleep.
A Little History of Daylight Saving Time
The concept of setting the clocks ahead in the spring in order to make better use of natural daylight was first introduced in the US by inventor Benjamin Franklin in 1784.

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US President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted year-round DST in the United States, called “War Time” during World War II from February 9, 1942 to September 30, 1945. The change was implemented 40 days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and during this time, the U.S. time zones were called “Eastern War Time”, “Central War Time”, and “Pacific War Time”. After the surrender of Japan in mid-August 1945, the time zones were relabeled “Peace Time”.
Congress decided to end the confusion and establish the Uniform Time Act of 1966 that stated DST would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the first Sunday of November. However, states still had the ability to be exempt from DST by passing a local ordinance.
This fall, dentists will not need to “fall backward” in their practice. They have the opportunity to “spring forward” with Dental Sleep Medicine and help the millions of their Sleep Apnea victims. 
Upcoming training seminars by DSM experts are available in the following cities:
Nov 2017
PHILADELPHIA, PA – 11/03/2017 – 11/04/2017
SAN JOSE, CA – 11/03/2017 – 11/04/2017
ANAHEIM, CA – 11/10/2017 – 11/11/2017
NASHVILLE, TN – 11/10/2017 – 11/11/2017
PHOENIX, AZ – 11/10/2017 – 11/11/2017
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – 11/17/2017 – 11/18/2017
CHICAGO, IL – 11/17/2017 – 11/18/2017
TORONTO, CANADA – 11/17/2017 – 11/18/2017
LIP 8
 You can view the dates and course outlines and register here:
http://join.sleepgroupsolutions.com/seminars/
By Charles Kravitz, DDS in Women’s Health
According to an article in the European Respiratory Journal, “Obstructive sleep apnea occurs in 50% of females aged 20-70 years. 20% of females have moderate and 6% severe sleep apnea.” 
Swedish scientist Dr. Karl Franklin and his team set out to find out how prevalent sleep apnea is among women and how often symptoms occur. Out of a population-based random sample of 10,000 women between the ages of 20 and 70 years, they gathered data on 400 of them. The test group were given questionnaires which included several questions regarding their sleeping habits and sleep quality. They also underwent overnight polysomnography.

WOMEN ARE LESS LIKELY TO BE DIAGNOSED FOR SLEEP APNEA

Women with sleep apnea are less likely to be diagnosed compared to men. In studies of patients registering for evaluation for sleep apnea, the ratio of men to women has sometimes been extremely lopsided, with 8 or 9 men diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) for each woman found to have OSA. However, we know from studies in the general population that the actual ratio is likely to be closer to 2 or 3 men with OSA for each woman who has the condition.

Women make up about 45 percent of sleep study referrals and most sleep studies are still done to screen for sleep apnea.

WHY ARE WOMEN LESS LIKELY TO BE DIAGNOSED FOR SLEEP APNEA?

First, there is an unfortunate predefined notion of the make-up of a sleep apnea patient. The stereotype is a middle-age, overweight or obese male. Physicians may not be thinking of this OSA diagnosis when the patient is female. Second, women may present with slightly different symptoms than the “classic” symptoms of snoring, witnessed breathing pauses at night and excessive sleepiness during the day.

Instead, women may present with fatigue, insomnia, disrupted sleep, chronic fatigue and depression morning headaches, mood disturbances or other symptoms that may suggest reasons other than OSA for their symptoms. Because these symptoms are not specific for OSA, women may be misdiagnosed and are less likely to be referred to a sleep study for further evaluation. Another problem is that women with sleep apnea have more subtle breathing disturbances and are more likely to have REM-related apneas, so they may be tougher to diagnose.

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SOME DIFFERENCES IN SYMPTOMS BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN

Sleep apnea in females is related to age, obesity and hypertension but not to daytime sleepiness. 

The “classic” symptoms of OSA are snoring, witnessed apneas and daytime sleepiness, but women may not experience these things. Weight gain, depression, waking up gasping for breath, hypertension, and dry throat in the morning may be tip-offs for women that they may need an evaluation.

Women who are obese, pregnant women, and post-menopausal women all have a greater risk for OSA. Finally, women with the endocrine disorder, polycystic ovary syndrome, are more likely to have sleep apnea even after controlling for weight and should seek clinical evaluation.

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN OSA AND HYPERTENSION IN WOMEN AND MEN

Obstructive sleep apnea is a significant risk factor for heart disease . The prevalence of hypertension in people with sleep apnea ranges between 30-70 percent and is similar in men and women. However, when taking body mass index (BMI) into consideration, some gender differences emerge: men with OSA who are markedly obese (BMI > 37) have a two-fold higher risk of hypertension than obese women with OSA.

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN OSA AND DIABETES IN WOMEN AND MEN

Women with OSA tend to be more obese and have lower AHI  than males; however, studies have also suggested that women may have a higher mortality.   OSA is associated with an increased risk for the development of type 2 diabetes independent of obesity.

Women who are obese, pregnant women, and post-menopausal women all have a greater risk for OSA. Finally, women with the endocrine disorder, polycystic ovary syndrome, are more likely to have sleep apnea even after controlling for weight and should seek clinical evaluation.

COMMON SLEEP APNEA MISDIAGNOSES

Women are often diagnosed in error with one of the following conditions, rather than sleep apnea.

  • Anemia
  • Cardiac or pulmonary illnesses
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Fatigue from overwork
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypochondria
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Insomnia
  • Menopausal changes
  • Obesity
  • Sources
  • Dr. Karl Franklin, European Respiratory Journal
  • Grace W. Pien MD, MS, assistant professor of medicine, divisions of Sleep Medicine and Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
  • Nancy A. Collop , MD, medical director at Johns Hopkins Hospital Sleep Disorders Center and associate professor of medicine at Hopkins’ Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in Baltimore, Md .
  • Fiona C. Baker, PhD, sleep physiologist, Center for Health Sciences, SRI International, in Menlo Park, Calif.
  • Anita L. Blosser, MD, with Duke Primary Care at the Henderson Family Medicine Clinic in Henderson, N.C.