The following are questions the team here at theInternational Federation of Sleep is typically asked about the CE Dental Sleep Seminars we offer in collaboration with Sleep Group Solutions. Check out the “Quick Links” section to see if your question shows up. If not, you can contact us directly by filling out the form on the Contact Page and one of our skilled representatives will call you back to address your query promptly.

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Question: Why do I need the International Federation of Sleep’s Dental Sleep program?

Answer:Sleep apnea has reached epidemic proportions in the United States alone and with the vast majority of these cases going undiagnosed, the market place for treatment is wide open. Dentists are in a prime position to screen and treat patients using oral appliances and the IFS, in collaboration with Sleep Group Solutions, offers a comprehensive training Program that will equip dentists with everything they need to know to establish a thriving sleep practice, whether you wish to offer this as an adjunctive service or an exclusive one.

Now isthe perfect time to get involved in Dental Sleep Medicine, because Medicare has recently increased their reimbursements for oral appliances to upwards of $3,000 per case! With the education and training offered through our 2-day Dental Sleep Seminar, you’ll not only be able to revolutionize your practice with this incredible injection of revenue, you’ll also be able to change the lives of untreated and undiagnosed sleep apnea sufferers.

Question: Where and when is the next CE Seminar being held and how can I apply to attend?

Answer: The International Federation of Sleep hosts a great number of Sleep Group Solutions CE Seminars every year and in locations around the United States. To see our seminar schedule for 2016,Click Here. To book your seat at our next seminar, go to ourRegistration and Payment page. If you have any enquiries and would like to speak with one of our trained representatives, simply fill out the form on the Contact Page and we will call you back promptly.

Question: If these seminars are run by Sleep Group Solutions, why should I register for them through the International Federation of Sleep?

Answer: All the seminars we promote here at the IFS are provided through a strategic partnership with SGS, so it doesn’t make a difference to us whether you book through this website or through Sleep Group Solutions.It does, however, make a difference to you! IFS members are awarded a special discount for the Dental Sleep seminars, so to receive the benefit of member pricing, you must register through the IFS website to become a member.

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Question: As a dentist, why would I have a greater chance of discovering a patient has a sleep disorder than his or her doctor?

Answer: This is a great question with a really interesting answer! Dentists are in the perfect position to notice the symptoms of sleep apnea, especially during procedures involving sedation. It’s during these procedures that patients can fall asleep, begin to snore or even have their tongues fall back into their airways. Should you notice any obstructive breathing patterns, you should refer the dentist to a doctor for diagnosis and if they are indeed OSA-sufferers, you can recommend that they return to you for treatment with an oral appliance.
Additionally, people only see their doctor when there’s something definitively wrong with them. Since the symptoms of sleep apnea are typically experienced at night when a patient is asleep, it is unlikely they’ll see a doctor for treatment, even if their spouses complain of their snoring. The dentist, on the other hand, typically sees patients once or even twice a year for routine dental healthcare and it’s during these scheduled appointments that you will have the opportunity to ask a few questions to determine whether the patient might be at risk of a sleep disorder. These questions can be posed during medical update questionnaire.

Question: What questions could my team or I ask to determine whether a patient might have a sleep disorder or sleep apnea?

Answer: Here are a few examples of questions you might think about adding to your medical history form:

  • Are you aware that you snore, or have you ever been told that you snore?
  • Are you aware of ever struggling to breathe at night, or do you wake up gasping for air? Or have you been told by your bed partner that you do?
  • Do you ever fall asleep at work or while driving?
  • Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, irritability or moodiness?
  • Do you get up several times at night to use the bathroom?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with a sleep disorder like sleep apnea?

Additionally, you might want to record a likely sleep apnea sufferer’s neck circumference. Men with a neck circumference greater than 17 inches and women with 15+ inches are typically at a greater risk of sleep apnea. If a patient meets this criterion and reports any of the symptoms of sleep apnea, you should discuss their risk and suggest they see a sleep physician for a diagnosis.


Question: Does every patient who reports being a snorer have sleep apnea?

Answer: No, definitely not! Snoring is a non-medical condition and a perfectly common habit; however, it is also a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. Typically, patients with OSA are consistent loud snorers, or go through cycles of snoring punctuated by periods of breathing cessation and then a loud snort, choke or gasp for air. The only way to diagnose sleep apnea, which is a medical condition, is through a home sleep test or overnight sleep study.

Question: Why should I attend a 2-day Dental Sleep seminar?

Answer: Learning how to treat sleep apnea and sleep problems like snoring is of coursea fundamental part of the picture when it comes to adding sleep treatment to your dental practice. Additionally, there is a considerable amount dentists need to learn about implementing a dental sleep treatment program, approaching patient care, and collaborating with doctors… and all of this is covered during the Sleep Group Solutions Dental Sleep seminars. Every individual will leave with the insights, tools, and support they need to implement a highly successful and profitable dental sleep center in their practice.

Question:Is it important to include other members of my practice in this seminar?

Answer: Absolutely! Your practice functions as a team and so it’s vital that as many of them as possible receive the same education and training as you.You will find that these staff members will be playing an integral role in helping you transform your dental practice into one that offers sleep treatment.

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Question: Is it possible to just attend just one of the two days?

Answer: You are free to attend as much or as little of the Seminar as you wish, but it is definitely not advisable to miss out on anything. Every component of the program is essential and contains crucial information and training on how to properly implement dental sleep treatment in your practice. Additionally, we only offer a single ticket price and that is for the full 2-day seminar.

Question: How much does it cost for a ticket to a Dental Sleep seminar?

Answer: For all information on pricing please check out our Registration and Payment page. Remember, Becoming an IFS Member entitles you to a discount on all our Dental Sleep seminars! Please also note that the International Federation of Sleep program qualifies as a Continued Education course, so dentists will be earning credits towards their CE quota!

Question: What can I expect to learn about sleep disorders during the course of seminar?

Answer: The experienced Sleep Group Solutions faculty will be covering the following topics:

  • Introduction to sleep – sleep stages, disorders
  • Sleep apnea prevalence – why is there a need for treatment
  • Sleep apnea symptoms/clinical issues
  • Patient education; addressing key issues and getting a snoring patient to convert to a sleep apnea treatment case
  • Prepare overnight home sleep study for select course attendees
  • Hands on with Pharyngometer / Rhinometer
  • Working with Sleep Physicians
  • Home Sleep Test study
  • Dental Sleep Medicine step-by-step protocol flow chart
  • Hands on working with popular oral appliances like the TAP, Respire, EMA, SilentNight and more!
  • Appliance review – pro’s and con’s of all of the major sleep appliances
  • Case presentations
  • Medical insurance billing: Review of the latest codes, fees, procedures and recommendations from SGS experts who are doing this daily
  • Dental Sleep Protocol recap from A-Z

Check out the Seminar Agenda for a more detailed explanation of what you can expect over the course of the 2 days.

Question: How will my practice benefit from the International Federation of Sleep Program?

  • Learn how you can see 20 to 50 oral appliance patients or more every month, while the average dentist only sees 2 to 4.
  • Earn Medicare reimbursements of $3,000+ per oral appliance patient.
  • Master the sleep protocol that can catapult your practice into the top 10% of all sleep practices in the country.
  • Learn how adding sleep disorder treatment to your practice can lead to more implant and full mouth rehab patients than you have ever seen!
  • Find out how Sleep Physicians will become dependent on you for patients and not the other way around.
  • Earn Continued Education (CE) credits for this seminar.
 

If you are a dentist and would like to expand your practice to include sleep dentistry, you can learn more about Our CE Sleep Apnea Seminars and online educational portal Sleep Practice Perks by clicking on the desired link:


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