April 29, 2019
Dentists have gone a long way. They are not just addressing problems with your teeth and oral cavity. They also are a medical ally when it comes to treating sleep apnea and sleep-related problems. There is now a special field of study for a dentist who wants to become a sleep specialist. It is called dental sleep medicine.

What is dental sleep medicine?

It is a sub-specialty in the dental practice that focuses on the treatment of sleep-related disorders using oral appliance therapy. A lot of people are now seeing their dentist for the treatment of sleep apnea. Dr. Avi Weisfogel is one of the dentists who pioneered dental sleep medicine practice. It is through his efforts that many dentists are now realizing the importance of including sleep medicine in their scope of practice.

Dentists work hand in hand with sleep physicians to come up with the best treatment for sleep patients. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine is a society for dentists who treat and manage patients with sleep apnea using oral appliance therapy. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and has been using CPAP therapy and would want to switch to a more effective, convenient, and comfortable treatment method, then you should see your dentist.

Dentists create a custom-fit oral appliance to address the underlying cause of sleep apnea. The oral appliance is worn by the patient during sleep. It fits the same way as the orthodontic retainer or sports mouth guard. What oral appliance does is they support the jaw in a forward position to prevent the airway from collapsing. Oral appliance therapy keeps the airway open and prevents it from obstruction during sleep.

Dental sleep medicine course by Dr. Avi Weisfogel

Dentists who want to include dental sleep medicine in their scope of practice are highly encouraged to take Dental Sleep MBA. It is a course created by Dr. Avi Weisfogel which aims to teach you how to incorporate sleep apnea treatment into your dental practice. Dentists are not only taught how to assess and treat sleep apnea, they are also taught the business aspects of running a dental sleep business.
Some of the takeaway from the course include:
  • Incorporating sleep apnea treatment into your practice.
  • Learn why most dentists fail and how you can avoid it.
  • Learn how to get streams of patients.
  • Be able to understand how you can benefit from incorporating sleep medicine into your dental practice.
  • Be able to understand the documentation process on how to get paid on such cases.
A preview event, which is a 3-day event happens in various parts of America. Those want to know more about dental sleep medicine are highly encouraged to come. After the preview event, you can decide if you want to take your dental practice into the next level.