Breaking Down Barriers for a Successful Practice

Breaking Down Barriers for a Successful Practice includes 8, 2-hour, sessions that 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.

Registration Rates

AADSM Full Member*    
AADSM DSM Team Member
AADSM Federal Service Member**

*Member categories includes: Regular, Academic, Emeritus, Retired, Affiliate and Student
Open to licensed dentists who hold a DDS, DMD, or equivalent dental degree and who currently serve full time in federal service. Apply for Federal Service Membership.


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.

Course Outline

Building Blocks for Success: Start Up Your Sleep Practice TODAY!
Briana Turlington
Dave Federici, DMD
Eric Runyon, DDS
Balancing Act: My Sleep Practice, My Dental Practice
John Carollo, DMD
Tanya DeSanto, DDS
The Doctor Is In: A Medical Colleague Panel 
Paul Nguyen, MD
Ruben Avalos, MS, LVN, CDP, RDA

Ma Vanessa S. Mabazza, MSN, APRN-CNP, NP-C, AGPCNP-BC, CCRN

Hearing from the Experts: A Podcast Style Evening
Which One to Pick: Appliance Design and Calibration
Michelle Cantwell, DDS
Alan Blanton, DDS
Let's Talk Side Effects: Managing the Patient
Alex Vaughan, DDS
Imran Patel, DMD
A Panel of Presidents: Past, Present and Future 
Kevin Postol, DDS
Mitchell Levine, DMD
Nancy Addy, DDS
Ask Us Anything: Putting It All Together

Faculty Bios and COI Disclosures

Teaching Method 

This is an electronically mediated, self-instructional continuing education activity, conducted through recorded lectures. When accessing the course, it is recommended that you use either Chrome or Firefox internet browsers. It is also recommended that you avoid using a cell phone. Access to the recordings will not expire.

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 CE credits. 


Cancellation and Refund Policy

All registrations are final; no refunds will be provided. 


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 legal, financial and medical advisors for advice concerning any products or services discussed.
As a result, AADSM disclaims any warranty or guarantee about the performance of any recommended product, device or service. AADSM provides a forum for the discussion of best practices in the field, but participants agree by attendance at AADSM events that AADSM has no liability or responsibility for any clinical or other outcomes from the matters discussed at their meetings.
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.

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