We know that a team approach is necessary for every patient. This begins from the time they walk through the front door of your office until the time they leave. How you choose to have that time focused can make the difference between a patient choosing to move forward with treatment or just ignoring obvious signs of a debilitating disease.
As a dentist, you may be considering how to incorporate treating patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in your practice. Perhaps you even took a course either in person or online to learn more about this disease and its devastating effects. Once you decided to go forward with treating patients, how did you prepare your staff?
Screening the patients should begin when they first walk through the door and sign in with the front office staff. They should be given a screening questionnaire and that should be reviewed as soon as they sit down in the operatory.
Your dental hygienist will have more time with the patient than you could ever hope to. Because of this, your hygienist would be able to go over the patients answers as well as answer any questions they may have about OSA and the treatment process. Having said that, how do you know they are prepared to have that conversation?
The best way to prepare you and your staff for treating OSA in your practice is to become more educated. This education should not only focus on what you need to do to get the patient treated, but also on what kind of impact this can have not only on your patients lives but also that of their loved ones. Understanding OSA is also necessary to gain credibility with your referring physicians and being able to have the conversations with them about patient treatment.
SomnoMed currently offers both online and live training for you and your staff. If anyone on your team is more interested in learning more, details can be found at somnomed.com/education. From this page you can learn more about the various programs offered as well as sign up for training.
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