Although certainly not mandatory, most doctors who do not bring team members let us know that they regret not doing so. We realize that this is not always practical, but when you do bring team members, you are considerably more prepared to implement sleep dentistry into your practice.
Regarding which ones, we suggest a front desk team member who would be primarily responsible for financial arrangements and medical billing, as well as a clinical assistant who would be the primary contact with your patient when you are not in the treatment room. Finally, your hygienist(s) would be the gatekeeper, responsible for finding these sleep patients among your existing patient base.
There’s no need to rent a car for this seminar unless you like to do this regularly and/or want to use it for transportation to and from the airport. In 2012, we moved the seminar location to an area that is conducive to pedestrian excursions. In addition to the provided lunches and dinner on Friday night, you will be just a cow chip's toss (you can walk there within 5 minutes) to about 20 restaurants (Dining at the Shops at Legacy), as well as many unique shops (if you plan on blowing your children’s inheritance, that is – the Shops at Legacy.)
The seminar is designed to prepare you to effectively screen and treat your patients with sleep disorders as soon as you return to the office. Dr. Smith not only allows an open discussion during the seminar, but he encourages this in the hopes that everyone leaves the seminar with answers to questions they had prior to coming. We also have lunch together and dinner together on Friday evening for more "out-of-seminar" conversations. For those of you who are more concerned about medical billing (which is most likely the majority), we will certainly address this issue. We will have billing experts at the seminar who will be with us all weekend, and after lunch on day 1, they will spend an hour on just this topic.
Of course! For the doctors, we have a sleep forum (email-based) that is free after attending the seminar. We have hundreds of doctors on the forum, so any problem or question you may have will be quickly addressed by the more seasoned doctors on the forum. Everyone has to start somewhere, and the group is very giving of information (and absent of any ego). It's simply too important that you take this knowledge and start saving lives and marriages. We want you to succeed!
The last few hours are spent going over sleep studies of attendees and a section on marketing. If you need to leave early, we can go over your sleep study first, and you may do fine without the marketing component, but we can also send you any information you might have missed. Most of this will be in the notebook you receive.