Breaking Down Barriers for a Successful Practice

Breaking Down Barriers for a Successful Practice includes 8, 2-hour, virtual interactive sessions that will guide attendees through administrative and clinical workflows to improve patient experience, treatment outcomes and financial viability. Using case presentations, roundtable discussions and panel Q&As, participants will learn strategies to grow and succeed in dental sleep medicine.

This course is for you if you are:
  • delivering a few appliances each month, but are still challenged with incorporating DSM into your existing practice.
  • comfortable with your DSM practice, but want to consider taking it further and possibly positioning your practice to become DSM-only.
  • struggling with referrals, reimbursement, efficiency or anything else that is blocking your success.
You can expect to leave this course with an actionable, strategic plan for improving your DSM practice.
The Breaking Down Barriers for a Successful Practice Course will be offered again in Fall 2023! 
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Course Co-Chairs

Tanya DeSanto, DDS
Eric Runyon, DDS

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify DSM practice models that maximize efficiency and control resource expenditures;
  2. Enhance clinical confidence through case reviews and access to individualized advice from experienced DSM practitioners;
  3. Consider pros and cons of multiple reimbursement management options;
  4. Identify steps to maximize patient outcomes;
  5. Maximize physician communication to develop collaborative medical referrals; and 
  6. Outline strategies that best support personal motivators and goals.

Target Audience

Former AADSM Mastery Program students and any dentist interested in improving their DSM practice algorithms.


All sessions will be held from 7:00PM-9:00PM ET (6:00PM-8:00PM CT, 5:00PM-7:00PM MT, 4:00PM-6:00 PT). Sessions 1-3 and 5-7 will be recorded and made available to participants in the AADSM Online Learning Center. Sessions 4 and 8 will be highly interactive using Zoom breakouts and will therefore not be recorded. 
Session 1Thursday, August 11Ready, Set, Go: Designing Systems for Success
Christopher Hart, DDS
Ryan Robinson, DDS
Session 2Thursday, September 8Dollars and "Sense": The Business of DSM
Scott Craig
Tanya DeSanto, DDS
Eric Runyon, DDS
Session 3Thursday, October 13Physician Relations: Kick Starting DSM Practice Growth
David Federici, DMD
Rubina Nguyen, DDS
Session 4Thursday, November 10Networking Roundtables: Evaluation of Practice Analysis This session will not be recorded.
Session 5Thursday, December 8Pearls for Success: A Path to Clinical Excellence
Jeffrey Horowitz, DMD
Kent Smith, DDS
Session 6Thursday, January 12Easy Steps to Therapeutic Position; Objective Testing Technology Simplified
Gy Yatros, DDS
John Carollo, DMD
Session 7Thursday, February 9Ready to Launch: Breaking Down the Final Barriers
David Schwartz, DDS
Andrew Soulimiotis, DMD
Session 8Thursday, March 9 Networking Roundtables: Putting It All Together This session will not be recorded.
Breaking Down Barriers Faculty

Teaching Method and Technology Requirements

This course will be conducted as a live, electronically mediated activity using Zoom. As such, participants must have access to a computer with an internet connection to participate in this course. While not required, it is highly recommended that participants also have access to a webcam. Sessions 1-3 and 5-7 will include lectures followed by group discussion and Q&A. Sessions 4 and 8 will include virtual breakout sessions for small-group discussions.  

Continuing Education

The AADSM is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The AADSM designates this activity for the maximum of 16 live, electronically mediated CE credits OR 12 self-instructional, electronically mediated CE credits. The amount and educational method (live versus self-instructional) of CE is dependent the date in which an individual registers. Six of the 8 sessions will be recorded and made available in the AADSM Online Learning Center. Registration for the course will remain open until after Session 7, so those who register after a live session(s) takes place will be able to claim CE for that session(s) by listening to the recording (i.e., self-instructional).


Cancellation and Refund Policy

To cancel a registration, written notification must be submitted to the AADSM at A $50.00 administrative fee will be withheld on cancellations postmarked on or prior to July 28, 2022. After July 28, 2022, no refunds will be available. 

The AADSM reserves the right to cancel a course and provide a full refund should conditions warrant. The refund will only include the cost of registration for the course.

Refunds will be applied to the original payment source (i.e., credit card, check). Any refunds applied via check will be processed by the AADSM to individuals in the US (or e-payment to individuals who chose to set up an account in and by wire transfer to individuals outside of the US. 


Any opinion expressed or communicated regarding any product, device or appliance during an AADSM educational program is solely the opinion of the individual(s) expressing or communicating that opinion, and not that of the AADSM.

The AADSM does not endorse or recommend any products or services. The AADSM does not review, investigate, or otherwise approve the quality, type, message, nature, or value of any product or service discussed in the course and assumes no liability of any kind for any verbal or written information provided by speakers or attendees. We encourage you to conduct your own independent research to verify and investigate any company prior to purchasing its products or services. Please consult your own professional advisors for all advice concerning dental, legal or financial matters in connection with any products or services discussed.

The AADSM cautions participants about the potential risks of using limited knowledge when incorporating techniques and procedures into practice when they have not had supervised clinical experience or demonstrated competency.

AADSM Code of Conduct

Please click here to review the AADSM’s official guidelines and requirements for behavior in an AADSM meeting. All course participants must observe all standards at all times. Violations of this code are taken seriously and may result in action including, but not limited, to limiting the ability to participate in the Breaking Down Barriers for a Successful Practice Course.

Photography/ Recording Policy

Photography and/or recording of any kind (other than by the AADSM) of sessions and/or speakers is strictly prohibited. 

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