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A 2-day experience by the Nierman Practice Management Team partnered with the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Sleep Medicine provides impactful learning to assess and guide a DSM practice.

by Samuel Cress, DDS

How many times have you spent hundreds or thousands of dollars on a course, sat through two days of mealy educational content, (sub)continental breakfasts, and pushy sales presentations?

We’ve all done it. It’s like a rite of passage for dentists. We sit through a course listening to elementary lectures that minimize science and promote anecdotes while highlighting a handful of oral appliances. If you are unlucky enough, you have to listen to the lecturers talk about their boats, fishing stories, or their kids – all as a setup to sell you some product or service you don’t really need.

Then you head back to the office Monday. Miraculously, your interest is piqued enough that you really want to make DSM part of your practice but guess what! No one else shares your ebullience, there’s an emergency in op 2, and your enthusiasm is depleted. You do it again a couple months later expecting different results, to no avail.

Stop the insanity! As dentists, we cannot do what we do if we don’t have a great team alongside us. Developing a team can be challenging in the short term but immensely rewarding in the long run if you grant autonomy, provide them with the necessary training and resources to be rock stars, and actively involve them in the decision-making process.

Engage your team in your goal-setting process. If your goal is to integrate DSM into your practice, then there are numerous introductory opportunities available across the country. Or maybe you are looking to transition your entire practice into a comprehensive dental sleep practice. Whatever the vision, there is a course that supports the next step for you and your team.

The Nierman Practice Management (NPM) team of specialists can assess your practice and guide you in selecting the correct DSM educational offerings to meet you where you are and take you where you want to go. From introductory DSM courses or cross-coding and medical billing courses to hands-on TMD and DSM opportunities and mini-residencies, NPM has courses that will turbocharge you and your team.

The Center for Craniofacial and Dental Sleep Medicine (CFDSM) has partnered with Nierman Practice Management to offer a unique, impactful hands-on learning experience focused entirely on how to make DSM a productive, profitable, implementable piece of your practice.

The two-day hands-on implementation experience is customized for you and your team. You will learn a team approach that will give you the tools to treat your guests suffering with OSA. This course exposes you to oral appliance therapy as a treatment option for OSA and provides an introduction to the Meridian PM, a unique dual appliance for the treatment of TMJ disorders and OSA. We’ll take bite registrations, personal home sleep tests with interpretations, and appliance deliveries with titration.

NPM will demonstrate the ins and outs of medical billing, documentation, and software for medical reimbursement. Your practice will be elevated to the next level.

If you are looking for an investment that will pay dividends throughout your career in DSM by changing lives through the world of dentistry, this course should be next on your schedule. Align with your team. Take back Mondays. Deliver great sleep.

For more information on this unique educational experience or the Meridian PM, contact Nierman Practice Management at 800-879-6468  or The Center for Craniofacial and Dental Sleep Medicine at 281-500-4200.

Rose Nierman is an integral part of the Nierman Practice Management Team. Read more about her here:

Samuel E. Cress, DDS, director of The Center for Craniofacial & Dental Sleep Medicine located in Houston, Texas, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He completed his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Dental Branch. Dr. Cress also completed his residency in Dental Sleep Medicine at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston and his residency in TMD through the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. In addition to his practice specializing in dental sleep medicine, TMD, cosmetic and Full Mouth Rehabilitation, Dr. Cress is a clinical instructor where he teaches other dentists the benefits of Airway Conscious Dentistry as well as diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from TMD. Dr. Cress currently holds a duel patent on an oral appliance, the Meridian PM, for the treatment of OSA and TMD, recently granted FDA clearance. Dr. Cress has several published articles in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine and has presented at the TMJ Bioengineering Conference in Barcelona, Spain.

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