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Adding items to your list of services is always excellent for business. When you add a new service that is beneficial for overall health you are opening your practice up to a new demographic. Especially when you add oral appliance therapy.

Oral Appliance Therapy Training for Dentists

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Obstructive sleep apnea affects millions of people all over the world. You will also have learned that OSA can cause serious complications for overall health.

When you add dental sleep medicine solutions to your menu of services, you will see new patients. Dental flow will increase because oral appliance therapy is something that millions of people need.

The people that can benefit from dental sleep medicine may have perfect teeth or may already have a dentist. Consequently, these will be new patients that you welcome to your dental practice for the first time.

Why People Need Oral Appliance Therapy

Because CPAP therapy is the most highly recommended treatment for sleep apnea people presume it’s the best. While CPAP machines do work, they are cumbersome and uncomfortable.

After a few months, or as little as a few weeks, people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea give up CPAP therapy because it’s hard to travel with and hard to clean. Add those issues on top of the comfort problems and OSA sufferers usually keep the CPAP machine in the drawer choosing a bad night’s sleep instead.

Helping People Sleep Better

If you follow the DSM Blog, you will remember that sleep apnea is a massive problem as it causes other health issues as well. People who suffer from sleep apnea don’t get a good night’s sleep waking up as many as 30 times an hour just to breathe.

Breathing cessation is a huge problem and unfortunately can’t be measured by someone who sleeps alone. Most people wake up abruptly falling back to sleep just as quickly. OSA causes the brain to wake you up because obstructive sleep apnea closes the back of the throat.

More than Oral Appliance Therapy

With the dental sleep apnea training program, you’ll learn how to identify and diagnose OSA in patients. You’ll also learn how to provide the best solution based on your diagnosis and what you have learned from the dental sleep medicines training course.

You became a dentist to help people. Why not take it one-step further with dental sleep medicine training.

If you would like more information regarding oral appliance therapy, call and talk to a team member today.

 

 

 

 

Sleep apnea training for dentists is an amazing way to expand your list of services and help patients at the same time.

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With DSM Solutions you will have all of the tools you need to provide your patients with obstructive sleep apnea alternatives.

If you follow the DSM Blog, you will remember that OSA, or obstructive sleep apnea, causes people to stop breathing while sleeping. This leads to other health issues including congestive heart failure and stroke.

Unique OSA Treatment Options

With the DSM Solutions sleep apnea training program, dentists learn how to identify and treat it. This is especially important when it comes to oral appliance therapy for OSA.

With tools and support along with customized training and coaching, you will become successful while helping patients and new ones manage their obstructive sleep apnea. Web based and live classes make it easy and convenient.

Oral Appliance Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Twenty years ago, the only way to treat sleep apnea was with CPAP therapy. A CPAP machine is hooked up to a tube that is hooked up to a mask that is strapped to your face.

While CPAP machines have become more comfortable and less cumbersome over the years people still abandon them. This is because they are hard to clean and very difficult to travel with.

Oral appliance therapy is the most comfortable solution for obstructive sleep apnea. Using custom made mouth guards you will learn how to choose the best device.  

Learn More About Sleep Apnea Training for Dentists

Obstructive sleep apnea is a dangerous condition, but it doesn’t have to be. If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea training for dentists, call or click now. Your patients, and your new ones, will thank you for it.

Call for a no obligation consultation with DSM Solutions today.

Studies have shown that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. In many ways, it is exactly the same.

Firstly, your judgment, reaction times and concentration on the road are impaired. 

Secondly, your chance of having an accident increases up to 15 times.

Estimates by US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • 810K collisions/year
  • $15.9 billion in collision costs/year
  • 1,400 fatalities/year

Those suffering from daytime drowsiness are most commonly snorers. Consequently, snoring is disruption to sleep in that it can be sign of obstructive sleep apnea.

What is OSA?

Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a condition that causes the soft tissue in the back of the throat to collapse, cutting off the air causing the person to wake. This happens potentially thousands of times during the night to begin breathing again without even knowing.

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Furthermore, waking so many times over the course of the night doesn’t give the body time to rest, so the sufferer is more tired during the day. As a result, an estimated 20 million people are suffering nationwide. Of these, only 20% are currently receiving treatment.

We have all driven home a little tired. Do you remember how hard it was to concentrate? Did you have to blast the radio or air conditioning to keep yourself alert? Did you drink coffee or energy drinks just to keep your eyes open?

Imagine if that is what you felt like every time you got in your car, sleepy, spacey and distracted.

This is a dangerous risk that is more common than you may think surrounding motorists every day.

The cost of continuing to drive with undiagnosed sleep apnea is astronomical. It is estimated to cause:

 Collisions/year 810K
 $15.9 billion in collision costs/year
 Fatalities/year 1400

Screen Your Patients for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Consequently, by simply screening patients and providing treatment for OSA, you can save patients and the community the trauma of an auto accident, save money and save lives.

It is dangerous to drive impaired. You would not drive drunk, so do not drive drowsy. A better drive and a better night’s rest are possible.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a problem that affects an approximate 30 million people in the United States, yet only a small percentage are receiving proper care for their condition.  Dentists are a valuable resource to the patients who are seeking treatment alternatives.

Adding Dental Sleep Medicine to your practice is crucial in three ways.  First, you will have the opportunity to help fill a “hole in the market” for Obstructive Sleep Apnea therapy.  Second, you and your team will be providing your patients with a higher standard of comprehensive care.  Third, you will be offering a service that is not only fiscally rewarding, but morally rewarding.  The benefits will resonate through every facet of your office.

The “gold standard” of care is the CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine.  By increasing the pressure inside the airway, it prevents collapse from outside factors like the tongue, soft palate and excess weight around the neck.  While there are no therapy options more effective than CPAP, about 50% of patients prescribed one are failing to use it to the standard of care, if they are using it at all.

So where does this leave patients who are seeking better sleep and better health, but cannot tolerate the treatment they have been prescribed?

Oral Appliances are a highly effective, non-invasive treatment modality for those patients who have failed CPAP use, or are tested at levels too low to require more aggressive therapy.  When diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, many physicians only give the patient one option for care, independent of the severity of the condition.  By bringing Dental Sleep Medicine into your practice, you will be able to assess each case and provide appropriate care to each patient based on their individual needs.

The good news?  All the skills required to fabricate one is already in your and your team’s wheelhouse as dental providers.  The best news?  Only dentists are allowed to fabricate Oral Appliances, allowing you to step in and help bridge the gap between proper diagnosis and proper care.

Adding new options to your “menu” of services is a valuable way to grow your practice, add production and include new, innovative ways to care for your patients’ overall health.  Dental Sleep Medicine is a subject patients, dentists and sleep physicians have been talking about more and more.  The signs and symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea are everywhere.

As a dental health provider, you have an incredibly unique view into this condition … directly at the site of the obstruction, the throat!  So many indications are right in the mouth, a place that no other health provider diagnosing this condition looks at with any knowledge.  You and your team look here all day, every day, opening the opportunity to recognize OSA in your patients on a daily basis.

The dental issues you address the most, bruxism, porcelain failure, acid erosion, are all signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  Identifying these patients immediately will uncover that nearly 25% of your existing patient base has Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and the large portion that are diagnosed but not using their CPAP.

Sleep plays an enormous role in maintaining our bodies.  We rely on it to restore our muscles, vital organs, brains and emotional health.  When you are not getting proper sleep, the risks are high and costly.  In additional to physical breakdown, like heart attack, stroke and hypertension, you are at a higher risk for depression.

By identifying and treating sleep apnea early, patients can prevent not only many of these health issues, but social issues as well.  An estimated 25% of people sleep in separate bedrooms because of snoring, a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and putting massive strain on relationships.

Both treating patients and finding patients the correct treatment plan will help your patients achieve overall health as well as mend emotional issues.  Providing patients with a therapy that not only works, but allows them to be closer to loved ones is a rewarding mission.  As dentists and dental providers, you are used to patients being afraid, in pain, or enduring procedures they would rather not have to go through.

When providing patients with high quality Dental Sleep Medicine, you are treating patients who want to be there and are grateful for both the services you are providing as well as the outcomes it will yield.  It feels good for a patient to tell you that you have saved their marriage, that they are closer to their families because they can finally stay awake, that they are getting a promotion at work because of increased productivity.

Sleep apnea is not a condition that is getting better in the United States.  Being a qualified provider of sleep apnea therapy will be a benefit to your patients and the public alike.  Many patients are searching for alternative therapies to their CPAPs as we speak.

All types of practices will benefit from adding Dental Sleep Medicine.  It fits comfortably into the schedule, can be spear headed from team member in order to keep the doctor’s burr turning and reaps generous rewards.  Implementing it is a matter of clear systems and protocols, as well as communication office wide.

Being a Medicare DME (Durable Medical Equipment) provider is an opportunity for you to improve your direct to consumer marketing, build your patient base and develop referral relationships with the healthcare providers in your community.

As a Medicare DME provider, you would be opening your Sleep Apnea patient base to include those 65 and older, allowing you to help more potential apnea sufferers and expand your direct to consumer marketing base.  Medicare covers oral appliances for patients who fall into the mild and moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea category or those who have tried and failed CPAP, a “target” potential patient base.  Many Medicare patients have been prescribed a CPAP even though they may have been diagnosed as having mild OSA or even primary snoring.  An estimated 60% of patients fail CPAP, meaning there is a large group of diagnosed apnea suffers either unaware there is something else they can try or actively seeking alternative treatment.  By becoming a provider with Medicare, you can help your patients of record, people responding to direct to consumer “Hate Your CPAP” marketing and physicians looking to make connections with healthcare providers that can give their patients a safe, effective, FDA approved alternative.

By marketing towards “CPAP failure” patients, internally and externally, you will begin to identify the sleep physicians in your community through reviewing their sleep studies.  Reaching out to these offices is beneficial to you in two ways.  Many of these physicians have lost track of the patient sitting in front of you.  When you begin to treat the patient and interface with their diagnostic physician, you bring them back to that office, not only providing this patient with the highest standard of care, but improving another healthcare provider’s practice.  This physician is not only an asset in treating the individual patient, but will open you up to a referral relationship with them, especially when you are a provider for the insurance that most of their patients have, Medicare, growing your Sleep Apnea practice exponentially.

Becoming enrolled with Medicare is not as scary as you think!  First, you would be enrolled solely as a Durable Medical Equipment provider, meaning that it would not affect billing for any of the dental procedures that you are performing in your practice.  Second, your medical biller can bill Medicare claims for you as soon as you get your provider number, or PTAN.  Third, DSM Solutions can help you apply.  Filling out the application can get complicated.  We are experienced with the system for applying to be provider and the information required to get you approved quickly and efficiently.

If you have any questions about how being a Medicare DME would work with your practice structure, marketing to attract these patient, interfacing with physicians or are seeking help with your application, please give us a call.  We are looking forward to continuing to help you expand your practice.