Learn Sleep Apnea in The City That Never Sleeps on April 12th -13th

Learn to become a Sleep Medicine Dentist in Las Vegas with 16 CE credits.

This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge to confidently return to your practice and immediately begin implementing new screening and treatment protocols.

In this 2 day seminar Dr. Jeffrey Horowitz presents a Dental Sleep protocol from A to Z,  including Medical Insurance billing- Codes, Fees and Procedures.


After the Seminar Dr. Horowitz will continue to Mentor you, giving you the confidence to be a Sleep Medicine Doctor.

Read the 2-day course outline and register here:

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About Dr. Jeff Horowitz the Instructor:
Dr. Jeffrey Horowitz
Dr. Jeff Horowitz, a native of Old Bridge, New Jersey, completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, receiving early admission to dental school after his junior year. In 1991 he earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr Horowitz has dedicated himself to continuing education, earning him the fellowship award from the Academy of General Dentistry, Mentorship status at the prestigious Kois Center for Advanced Dental Studies, and fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Dr. Horowitz is also a member of the American Association of Dental Sleep Medicine.


DON’T LOSE THAT PATIENT! SUCCESS is in the follow-thru.

A first time patient may have been very impressed with the warmth and consideration shown by the Dentist and the dental team. The patient seemed eager to get started and the next appointment was made. A Treatment Plan was prepared, to be presented, or to begin. A week has passed and the patient has just called to cancel or, even worse…. does not show for the appointment. What went wrong?

In almost all cases, the disjunction was caused by a lack of continuous COMMUNICATION.


Here are few ideas to keep our patient engaged between visits by follow-thru. Please add your great ideas to the list. The objective is to build a lifelong relationship with our patient.

1. Send a New Patient Welcome Package after their first call to let them know how pleased you are that they chose you.
2. A friendly, engaging Confirmation Call– referring to the patient’s “clinical concerns“. Remember that this appointment is about THEM.
3. A visit-ending “debriefing”, recapping what was done today and the importance of the next visit. Stress the clinical concerns. Do this for closure at the end of every visit.
4. A follow-up letter or e-mail .telling them how you enjoyed meeting them and welcoming them into your family of patients.
5. Ask for permission to send them monthly e-newsletters with timely, interesting and fun-packed health-oriented information.

Does this seem like a waste of important administrative (front desk) time? Compare this investment to the loss of one hour in your schedule.

Make the right pitch and follow-thru. To a baseball pitcher, the trajectory of your arm, after the release of the ball, is a critical component to get the ball to a predictable location. You’re playing on a large field; DON’T LOSE THAT PATIENT! SUCCESS is in the follow-thru.


These are a few ideas for a start. What do YOU do, between visits, to maintain and grow that relationship, and make your patient eagerly look forward to that next appointment?

Do you want to read more about Schedule Productivity?
http://wp.me/p1OXM3-aS : “How to fill a dental schedule hole caused by a last minute cancelation?”

Study Sleep Medicine with Dr.Slabach in San Antonio June 7-8 (Special 50% Rate)

. Learn to become a Sleep Medicine Dentist, with 16 CE credits.

SEMINAR SPECIAL: $495 + 3 FREE staff

River Walk                                        The Alamo

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This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge to confidently return to your practice and immediately begin implementing new screening and treatment protocols.

In this 2 day seminar Dr. Dawne Sabach explains how Dentists can benefit their patients and themselves by being “The Sleep Dentist”.


Getting Into Dental Sleep Medicine is Exciting!

After the Seminar Dr. Sabach will continue to Mentor you, giving you the confidence to be a Sleep Medicine Doctor.

Read the 2-day course outline and register here:


Dr. Dawne Slabach has a clinical practice focused on Sleep-Disordered Breathing, TMJ disorders and orthodontics. Her passion for treating patients comes from her own personal experiences with all three areas of treatment. Dr. Slabach received her B.S. in Biochemistry in 1984 and her Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1988, both from the Ohio State University. She is a Diplomate in the Academy of Sleep Disorders Disciplines, Distinguished Fellow in the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and a Certified Assistant Instructor for the International Association of Orthodontics. She is also a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and an assistant instructor for Rondeau Seminars. She has been practicing and teaching Dental Sleep Medicine for the past 8 years.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea is just a Men’s Disease?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Does Not Discriminate Against Sex or Age.
In the European Respiratory Journal, Swedish scientists reported that OSA  is common in both sexes, a disorder that was thought to mainly affect men.
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 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.
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The authors concluded:
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs in 50% of females aged 20-70 years. 20% of females have moderate, and 6% severe sleep apnea. Sleep apnoea in females is related to age, obesity and hypertension but not to daytime sleepiness. When searching for sleep apnea in females, females with hypertension or obesity should be investigated.”

  • A apnea-hypopnea index of 30 or more (severe symptoms) affected 14% of the participants aged 55 or more
  • 31% of the women who were obese and at least 50 years of age had severe sleep apnea

Question: How do you fill a dental schedule hole caused by a last minute cancelation?

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Situation: The scheduling coordinator comes into the office on a Monday morning and hears messages on the answering service that the 2nd patient in the AM and the 2nd patient after lunch have canceled. What can she do to fill those openings?
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Today is National Panic Day.

Today is National Panic Day.

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OMG, only a few hours left…..I have to set my clocks forward tonight.  Do I have enough time to get ready for it?
Gotta stay calm. Take a deep breath. Where did I put the Prozac?
I have to find something to worry about, quick. Do you have any ideas I can worry about? Send them quickly. Time’s running out.

March 6th, 2013 is National Dentist Day.

Give your Dentist a big hug and kiss… or at least, pay your bill!
… and don”t park in his/her spot today.
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Are you sleeping soundly or sleeping with sound?


National Sleep Awareness Week, March 3 through March 10, ends with Daylight Saving Time on Sunday midnight, March 10. We “Spring forward” and lose an hour of sleep. Are you going to get to bed one hour earlier?

Are you sleeping soundly or sleeping with sound?

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