DSM Team Training Program
A successful DSM practice depends on team members! This virtual, self-paced program equips team members with the knowledge and skills they need to provide optimal patient care. It includes:
- 13.75 hours of recorded lectures and demonstrations.
- A short quiz to verify knowledge.
- A series of clinical competencies to be completed under the supervision of an AADSM Qualified Dentist to verify skills.
Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive the AADSM Qualified DSM Team Member designation and a certificate that can be displayed in the office to promote the designation.
To qualify for the member rate, individual team members must be members of the AADSM. Not a member? Join today and save on your DSM Team Training Program registration!
AADSM Team Member: $300
Access to the program is not immediate. Please allow 1-2 business days to receive an email with information on how to access the program in the AADSM Online Learning Center.
At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:
- describe basic principles of healthy and unhealthy sleep;
- explain the role that dental practices play in screening for and treating sleep-related breathing disorders;
- describe signs, symptoms, risk factors and co-morbidities of obstructive sleep apnea; and
- perform key functions in administrative and clinical roles to increase patient-centric efficiency, effectiveness and outcomes with oral appliance therapy.
Clinical and administrative team members in general and specialized dental practices with an interest in screening for or treating patients with sleep-related breathing disorders.
Recorded Presentations and Demos
Comprised primarily of 10-minute to one-hour lectures and demos, presentations are arranged to guide team members toward competence in a linear fashion. These shorter presentations ensure that the information is provided short, digestible pieces that can be easily referenced as team members apply their knowledge in practice.
The following is an outline of the recorded presentations and demos:
Part 1 - Sleep Fundamentals
|Sleep Health and Problematic Sleep|
Gina Pepitone-Mattiello, RDH
|Fundamentals of OSA|
Nancy Addy, DDS, D. ABDSM, FACD
|Women and Sleep|
Megan Nye, EFDA
Part 2 - Effective Screening and Patient Communication
|Recognizing OSA in the Dental Office|
Gina Pepitone-Mattiello, RDH
|Patient Interviews and Education|
Gina Pepitone-Mattiello, RDH
Part 3 - Oral Appliances for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
|Fundamentals of Oral Appliance Therapy |
Paige Kunz-Murrer, DMD, D. ABDSM
|Side Effects of OAT (47 min)|
Trish Braga, DDS, D. ABDSM
Part 4 - Helping Patients Succeed with OAT
|Clinical Team Roles |
|Follow up and Objective Testing (1 hour, 18 min.)|
Part 5 - Administrative Fundamentals
|Sending and Receiving Referrals|
|Medical Insurance Basics |
Aaron Glick, DDS, D. ABDSM; Belinda Postol, RN; and Alex Vaughan, DDS, MS, FAAOP
|Medicare Enrollment (28 min.)|
AADSM Health Policy Staff
Upon completion of the recorded lectures and demos, participants will take a 30-question quiz to verify knowledge. There is no time limit for the exam, and it can be taken multiple times.
The AADSM DSM Team Training Program requires each team member (i.e., either clinical or administrative) who is completing the program to demonstrate competency with several skills. Participants will be provided with a detailed list of these nine clinical competencies that either need to be performed (clinical team members) or observed (administrative team members) under the supervision of a AADSM qualified dentist:
- Patient Appointment Clinical Records Documentation Management
- Height Measurement and Documentation
- Weight Measurement, BMI Calculation and Documentation
- Blood Pressure Measurement, Management and Documentation
- Acquisition of Photographs for Record Keeping
- Acquisition of Full Arch Impressions for Oral Appliance Fabrication
- Understanding and Preparing for Construction Bite Acquisition
- Verification of Oral Appliance Fabrication and Receipt
- Oral Appliance Delivery Appointment Management
The AADSM will verify the dentist's qualified status prior to providing team members with access to the program. Should the AADSM be unable to confirm the dentist is an AADSM qualified dentist, team members will still be able to take the program; however, they will not be eligible to receive the Qualified DSM Team Member designation or certificate. Refunds will not be provided if the dentist is not qualified. Dentists interested in attaining the Qualified Dentist designation can complete Mastery 1 of the AADSM Mastery Program.
Qualified DSM Team Member Designation
Following successful completion of the presentations and demos, a small quiz and verification of clinical competencies, team members will earn the AADSM Qualified DSM Team Member designation. This designation is a credential provided by the AADSM for team members who demonstrate basic competency in dental sleep medicine. The designation does not expire.
This program is an electronically mediated, self-instructional continuing education activity, conducted through recorded lectures and demonstrations.
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 a total of 13.75 continuing education credit.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
An AADSM qualified dentist is required to evaluate each team member (i.e., either clinical or administrative) who is completing the AADSM DSM Team Training Program for competency in DSM duties. The AADSM will verify the dentist's qualified status prior to providing you with access to the program. Should the AADSM be unable to confirm the dentist is an AADSM qualified dentist, you will still be able to take the program, however you will not be eligible to receive the Qualified DSM Team Member designation or certificate at the end. Refunds will not be provided if the dentist is not qualified. Dentists interested in attaining the Qualified Dentist designation can complete Mastery 1 of the AADSM Mastery Program.
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.
Photography/ Recording Policy
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