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THE OPPORTUNITY
It was only three years ago that I read that less than 1% of American licensed dentists were practicing sleep medicine. In those few years that number has risen to 4%. If we have approximately 205,000 practicing dentists in the USA, then there are only 8200 Dentists serving the needs of The multitude of people affected with sleep disorders.
According to a Harvard health report there are 18.9 million undiagnosed cases of obstructive sleep apnea and a minimum of 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 in dentistry?                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Dental sleep medicine: 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 into other organs. Strokes. Heart attacks. Diabetes. Dementia. People are recognizing that they have the symptoms and are asking their Dentists about it. Some doctors have the solutions. Every Dentist would like to be “The Sleep Dentist.”
Where to begin?
Seminar training courses are now available through Sleep Group Solutions every week, in different cities, throughout the United States. They are training dentists to discover the victims of sleep apnea and to treat them with the most appropriate modalities. 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 in shining armor rides in on a white horse to the rescue. Dentists, we like to say, 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. A professional coach guiding the development of the process will make the
process advance quicker, smoothly and more effectively.
Keys to success
Success in treatment acceptance and end point attainment varies with, and depends upon, each individual dentist’s knowledge and determination and his or her patient’s cooperation. The training program will present the tools, screening protocols, diagnostic equipment, techniques and some verbal skills for success. As in other healthcare therapies, a partnership between the professional provider and the patient is the key to success. The patient’s cooperation is essential. Compliance will keep them under control. So that explains the patient’s role in the “Partnership for Success”.
The Dentist’s Responsibilities
Beginning with the seminar training program, the dentist must be 100% committed to success. (Anything we endeavor will be more likely to be achieved when we are positive that we will succeed.) 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. 

You are in the right place at the right time. As a Care Giver, think of how you can serve a critical need of your patients. They are looking for your help.
You may contact me with questions or for assistance in becoming “The Dental Sleep Professional”.
Yours for better health,
Charles Kravitz DDS
Are you ready to join the battle?  
       
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Strike while the iron is hot
PATIENTS ARE LOOKING FOR ‘UNIQUENESS” TODAY.
 I am 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 there are reports of a concerning drop in dental treatment acceptance.
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 clinical niche? Are YOU the dental practice they must go to? Are you the only practice around that offers dental sleep medicine? And if so, are you promoting your unique brand to its full capacity?
EVOLUTION OF DENTAL DEMAND
Remember how it was about 25 years ago when teeth whitening (aka “bleaching”) was the “new kid on the block”? If you had an “in-office”Bright Smile or Zoom machine, you could schedule an operatory all day long with patients from near and far. And then we had the “porcelain age of dentistry”, when the media made patients very image-conscious for “smile enhancements” at any cost, and the public was more confident in the future of the economy . Teeth whitening is now offered in nearly every practice, and in most as a discounted loss leader. Cosmetic crowns and veneers are now a lower patient priority. Implants are no longer the privileged purview of dental specialists. Today Dental Sleep Medicine (DSM) is where those other exciting innovating services were years ago. You can get on board now and be a pioneer.
SO, WHERE ARE WE NOW?
The public is becoming increasingly aware that dentists are the ones who can offer the most convenient and cost effective solutions to their sleep breathing issues. Intra-oral appliances can only be provided by trained and licensed dentists. If you have a unique brand, promote it, let it make you famous! If you need one, the hottest niche in dentistry today is Dental Sleep Medicine. One out of every three patients you see has symptoms of a sleep breathing disorder (SBD). You can get your initial training and begin to screen and treat patients for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) at www.SleepGS.com

Can you tolerate any more cancellations and no-shows?

Seen enough snow plows for a while?
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Round up your spouse and kids, dig out your car from the mountains of snow, drive to the airport and leave Snowzilla behind. Come down to sunny Ft. Lauderdale for a few days. Enjoy our weather (73 degrees today) and take our 2-day Dental Sleep Medicine training on Feb. 3,4.
While your family is running around spending your money in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale you will be learning a valuable new dental service. But don’t worry about that because when you get back home you’ll quickly recover your total weekend costs as a Sleep Medicine Dentist.
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Register here for the 16 CE credit Dental Sleep Medicine course: