Guest post by Harold A. Smith, DDS, President of the AADSM

As the number of adults diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea continues to increase, dentists have the opportunity to integrate oral appliance therapy into their skill set to help treat this serious disease. Continuing education (CE) courses provide the knowledge needed to expand into dental sleep medicine, but dentists should be wary that some educational offerings provide inadequate instruction and may teach outdated practices or non-validated protocols.

Here are four indicators of inferior education in dental sleep medicine that you should avoid when selecting CE courses

1. Overgeneralized instruction – Courses that attempt to be all things to all people, and are not designed to meet the different levels of dental sleep medicine experience and knowledge, most likely will not meet your professional nds. Beware of courses that are overgeneralized to draw as many attendees as possible.

2. Integrated teaching and testing entities – Education providers should administer certification testing and education from separate boards to ensure that dentists’ education is the main focus of the organization. Distinction between these goals is expected and necessary in prestigious medical education programs, and the same standards should apply to dental sleep medicine courses.

3. For-profit organizations – Any organization that stands to profit from teaching participants to use particular devices or services cannot provide impartial instruction. While these courses can help you learn about tools of the trade, they are not a substitute for gaining fundamental, unbiased knowledge about dental sleep medicine.

4. Access to test questions – Courses that provide advance access to questions that will appear on an upcoming certification exam do not support the competency in dental sleep medicine that our medical colleagues will respect and expect.

For superior CE courses that directly benefit you and your practice, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine provides education that is built upon 25 years of proven success in growing dental sleep medicine careers and businesses. AADSM offers best-in-class educational opportunities that are recognized, respected and rewarding – putting you at the forefront of the field.

As the only non-profit, professional association dedicated exclusively to dental sleep medicine, AADSM affiliation is important to physicians, payers and patients who are looking for qualified dentists to help treat sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. AADSM courses are recognized by the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP) and are the best investment for those looking to achieve respected certification in dental sleep medicine, build long-lasting medical relationships and gain patients. The AADSM offers a tailored educational approach that will give you the credibility and tools to unlock immediate opportunities to advance your dental sleep medicine career – increasing your patient roster and your revenue.

Dental sleep medicine is a smart, viable and valuable opportunity for dentists interested in providing sleep solutions to their patients and expanding their practice. The sooner you become an expert, the better positioned you’ll be for success and seniority in this fast-growing, exciting dental field. To accelerate your dental sleep medicine career and improve your bottom line, learn more about best-in-class CE opportunities at www.AADSM.org.

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Harold A. Smith, DDS, is the president of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). He has provided oral appliance therapy since 1993 and is currently the clinical director of Dental Sleep Medicine of Indiana. He also serves as the dental consultant to the major Indianapolis hospital sleep disorder centers and is on faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine’s Fellowship program in sleep medicine.
As a distinguished speaker and ABDSM Diplomate, Dr. Smith has lectured nationally on the dentist’s role as part of a medical team in sleep medicine. He also has served on many levels of organized dentistry throughout the years. Dr. Smith is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and is an active member of the AASM, ADA, IDA, IDDS and AGD. He is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Dentistry.
An active and passionate dental sleep medicine professional, Dr. Smith served as president of the AADSM from 2002 to 2004, received the AADSM Distinguished Service Award in 2006 and acted as president of the ABDSM from 2008-2010.

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