GET C.E. CREDITS WITH A BONUS

Study Club and Dental Society Members:

GET AN EARLY START ON NEXT YEAR’S C.E. CREDITS
It’s November and you probably have your  CE credits locked in for this year.
Here’s how to get fast and easy CE credits for next year and score even greater benefits:
Have your Dental Study Club or local Dental Association schedule a speaker for a Dental Sleep Medicine presentation. We will provide a nationally known DSM speaker, all materials, CE credits and most importantly, a valuable introduction to Dental Sleep Medicine.
 Hands-on training
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 Presentation Outline
These DSM presentations include:
  • analysis of patients’ symptoms and how to screen for them
  • scripts for an effective patient interview
  • how to motivate the Dental team to commit their patients
  • how to get your patients to “own” their disease
  • the morphology of the airway
  • comorbidities to look out for
  • the effects on the systemic organs
  • the reimbursement strategy and insurance billing using dental and medical coding.
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Dentists who attended our DSM presentations have gone on to secure huge rewards for their patients and their practices. Email me at <cskdoc@aol.com> to find an available date for a presentation to your study club or dental society meeting.

WHAT IS MISSING IN YOUR COMPREHENSIVE DENTAL EXAM?

A truly professional comprehensive dental exam examination (D0150 or D0180) should include much more than what the CDT codes delineate.
What is essential?
Beyond the obvious FMX, the charting of existing and needed dental and periodontal conditions, and an oral cancer screening, there are many other useful evaluations which are directly related to our services and are within our range of authority and responsibility. 
The Comprehensive Exam should also include measurement of vitals such as blood pressure, a sleep dysfunction (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) screening such as the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, a nutritional analysis and a careful discussion of any notable items (alerts) in the patient’s med history. These things don’t need to be spelled out in the CDT code. They come with our desire to do what we know is right. .
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  TMJ exam, facial muscle palpation, Mallampati classification (of the airway entrance) and 
an oxygen saturation test will provide critical information.  Any dentist/hygienist will chose how extensive they wish their dental exams to be and what should be included.
Would we be “spending too much time” in a dental exam visit?

Not if we care about our patient’s total well being, about our conscience, and about our dental license.

And is this nearly always accepted by patients as hugely valuable and with appreciation?     YES, it is, where the dental team shows their patients how much passion, care and skill they have. I see it in many dental offices.    The really successful ones.

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A Hygienist is in a uniquely key position.
Here’s your opportunity to increase your service to your community, to create your “niche”, and  to stand out in your community as a complete care-giver.
It is reported that 34% of the population has Sleep Apnea symptoms. 
One of the next three patients that walk thru your doors is a Sleep Apnea victim. Are you able to help them?
Does your New Patient Exam include a screening for Sleep Apnea?
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Interested? Then check this out:   www.sleepgs.com

The prestigious National Dental Association (NDA) has selected Sleep Group Solutions (SGS) to present “The Successful Treatment of Snoring and Sleep Apnea in the Dental Office” at the 103rd Annual Convention of the NDA in Atlanta, Georgia.
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SGS, a leader in Dental Sleep Medicine, trains dentists nationally to screen and treat the many victims of sleep apnea. SGS  lecturers present two day CE seminars every weekend in several cities across the country.
The National Dental Association had its earliest beginnings in 1900 when a group of 200 minority practitioners felt they needed a professional organization. After several evolutions, including a name change in 1907 to the Robert T. Freeman Dental Society (in honor of the first Black dental college graduate), in 1932 the National Dental Association was formed.
In 1965, the American Dental Association changed its policies to urge the cessation of discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity or creed among its member groups and affiliates.
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Dr. Hazel J. Harper became the first female president of the NDA in 1997.
The NDA, with 7000 members,  has grown beyond the national borders of the United States, adding members in Canada and the Caribbean. In 2009, it was working to expand intoAfrica and Saudi Arabia.
If you are a member of the NDA be sure to register for this valuable training. CE credits will be awarded.  http://ndaonline.org/membership

LEARNING DSM TO BUILD A REWARDING PRACTICE

Dr. Barry Freydberg, a nationally recognized authority on the treatment of sleep disorders shared his unique perspective on his very successful Dental Sleep Medicine practice at a training course in Florida on Feb. 12,13.  This was an awesome learning experience.
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Next up in the DSM training seminars is Charlotte with Dr. George Jones and Las Vegas with Dr. Marty Lipsey.   Both seminars are held on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20.
Included in these A to Z presentations is Medical Insurance billing, Codes, Fees and Procedures.  And you will receive 16 CE credits to jump start your new year.
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You will be prepared to do far more as a comprehensive care-giver for your patients and the new ones who seek your services.
Review the course outlines and register here:

02/19/2016 – 02/20/2016
CHARLOTTE, NC CHARLOTTE, NC 

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Charlotte Airport

02/19/2016 – 02/20/2016 LAS VEGAS, NV LAS VEGAS, NV 

The Westin Las Vegas Hotel – Casino & Spa

Here is how Abfractions are caused by Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

This may be used as patient education in your web site or as a hand-out.

(Take the Quiz at the end.)

“Doctor, I always thought these notches are from brushing too hard. They are painful and I have them on my teeth on both sides. What causes them?” 

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Here is a simplified explanation:

An abfraction occurs on the lower part of the crown of a tooth, near the gum line as shown in the picture above.

            The enamel covering the crown tapers down to its thinnest there. When the occlusion (bite) is not balanced, there will be uneven pressures on the biting surfaces of teeth. Those pressures cause a torque on the tooth which produces a slight bend at the center where the crown meets the root. As the tooth keeps bending, the thin enamel at the bottom of the crown, near the gum line, chips away. The sensitive “dentin” surface inside the enamel is now exposed. Vigorous, improper teeth brushing will then wear away the unprotected dentin and the notches will grow deeper and larger.

The dentin also becomes vulnerable to acid erosion from foods such as citrus.

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The uneven bite pressures also cause a loss of gum and bone attachment around the roots so the roots become progressively exposed adding to the acute sensitivity to touch and cold. Advanced effects can be fracture of the tooth at the crown-root junction, tooth mobility and serious gum disease. 

             Abfractions can resemble other conditions like decay or toothbrush abrasion, but the treatment is more specific. The treatment, after diagnosing the cause as a bite dysfunction, consists of balancing the bite to equally and properly distribute the pressures and then to restore the lost tooth structure. An occlusal guard may be required. About 25% of the population clench or grind their teeth at night (Nocturnal bruxism) and are completely unaware of it!. Obviously, the earlier this condition is discovered, the less damage to the teeth and bone will have occurred. In advanced cases crowns may need to be placed to protect the weakened teeth. There is a convincing connection to Obstructive Sleep Apnea. There are some cases where orthodontic treatment may be necessary. 

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Abfractions are non-carious cervical lesions (NCCL) caused by flexural forces; the enamel, especially at the cementoenamel junction (CEJ), undergoes this pattern of destruction by separating and breaking the enamel rods.  

Abfractions are common in patients with OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA. Nocturnal bruxism, which is indicative of OSA, plays a major roleThe effective solution requires treatment of the causes. I created this explanation to serve as an aid to educate patients on the need to understand the CAUSES of abfractions- and to treat those causes.

QUIZ

True/False

  1. Abfractions are usually caused by improper teeth brushing.                   (F)
  2. Abfractions are a specific type of dental decay.                                       (F)
  3. Correction of an abfraction requires more than just a cervical filling.       (T)
  4. Nutrition plays a role in worsening abfractions.                                         (T)

Multiple Choice

Which are correct?

  1. .Abfractions occur primarily on the facial surfaces of teeth.
  2. A porcelain veneer can have an abfraction.
  3. Abfractions occur only on maxillary teeth.
  4. An abfraction may be able to cause a separation fracture of a tooth crown.
  5. All the above.

The treatment options include all except one of the following:

  1. Orthodontics
  2. Nutritional adjustments
  3. Occlusal adjustment
  4. Periodontal Therapy
  5. Cervical restorations

☆ LEARN SLEEP WITH DR. FREYDBERG ☆

Dr. Barry Freydberg is a nationally recognized authority on the treatment of sleep disorders. He will share his unique perspective on his very successful Dental Sleep Medicine practice. “Be like Barry.” 
Included in this A to Z presentation is Medical Insurance billing, Codes, Fees and Procedures.  And you will receive 16 CE credits to jump start your new year.
Send us an email cskdoc@aol.com and let us know what you’d like Dr. Freydberg to add to the two day course. 
Getting tired yet of the freezing weather?  Join Dr. Freydberg in Fort Lauderdale on Friday and Satuday, February 12 and 13.  The warmest part of the continental U.S. has been here in south Florida. Enjoy Abraham Lincoln’s birthday weekend in sunny Florida.
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You will be prepared to do far more as a comprehensive care-giver for your patients and the new ones who seek your services.
Review the course outline and register here:
     FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sleep Group Solutions

 

START THE NEW YEAR WITH A NEW (MUCH NEEDED) SERVICE

You know about Dental Sleep Medicine and you’ve heard how some dentists are so happy to be offering it to their patients. One out of every three patients who walk through your doors has symptoms of sleep dysfunction. ARE YOU PREPARED TO HELP THEM? 
An Introduction to Dental Sleep Medicine
Dr. Marty Lipsey is coming to the San Jose area to speak on treating patients for Sleep Disordered Breathing issues. Dr. Lipsey is recognized as the top expert in Medical Billing for Dentists.
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Take advantage of this end-of-year special, offered at a 30% savings plus NO CHARGE for up to two staff members. Register with code: email695.
When:  December 18-19th
Where: Courtyard San Jose Airport
Time:    8am-5pm (both days)
CEU:     16 (AGD/PACE)
Tuition: 
$695 (includes 1 DDS and 2 Staff)
Promo code: email695
About Dr. Marty Lipsey
 
Dr. Marty Lipsey received his DDS degree from UCLA and a Master of Science from Northwestern University Dental School. Dr. Lipsey is the founder of Dental Sleep Med Systems, offering dental teams assistance in implementing and/or improving their dental sleep medicine practices, including electronic medical billing and successful insurance coding and processing. Dr. Lipsey is also a Sleep Group Solutions Instructor and teaches Dental Sleep Medicine from coast to coast.

Read the course content and register here 

http://join.sleepgroupsolutions.com/seminars/san-jose-ca-2/ SAN JOSE, CA 

Courtyard San Jose Airport

http://join.sleepgroupsolutions.com/seminars/san-jose-ca-2/

 

Here’s how to get your CE credits and more.

DO YOU NEED ANY LAST MINUTE C.E. CREDITS?
It’s late-October and there are just a few months left to get those CE credits.
Here’s how to do it and score even greater benefits:
Have your Dental Study Club or local Dental Association schedule a speaker for a Dental Sleep Medicine presentation. We will provide a nationally known DSM speaker, all materials, CE credits and most importantly, a valuable introduction to Dental Sleep Medicine.
Hands-on training
4-20-13 GELB 3
 Presentation Outline
These DSM presentations include:
  • analysis of patients’ symptoms and how to screen for them
  • scripts for an effective patient interview
  • how to motivate the Dental team to commit their patients
  • how to get your patients to “own” their disease
  • the morphology of the airway
  • comorbidities to look out for
  • the effects on the systemic organs
  • the reimbursement strategy and insurance billing using dental and medical coding.
 1-21-13 LOGO DENTAL PROS SHARING
Dentists who attended our DSM presentations have gone on to secure huge rewards for their patients and their practices. Email me at <cskdoc@aol.com> to find an available date for a presentation to your study club or dental society meeting.

 

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