Greetings, everyone! It’s Dr. Bilus Poles, and I’m delighted to share an enlightening experience I had recently. I was privileged to attend the “Overview of Dental Sleep Medicine” seminar hosted by Chicago AGD. This one-day event, which took place on Friday, September 15, 2023, was a deep dive into the fascinating world of Dental Sleep Medicine. Let’s embark on this journey together and discover the insights I gained.
Journey into Dental Sleep Medicine
The “Overview of Dental Sleep Medicine” seminar was a remarkable opportunity to explore the critical intersection of dentistry and sleep medicine. Held at the charming Maggiano’s Restaurant in Naperville, IL, the event was a gathering of passionate dental professionals eager to expand their horizons.
The Knowledge Guardians
A trio of distinguished speakers graced the seminar, each bringing a treasure trove of expertise:
Scott Craig, MBA, CEO Midwest Dental Sleep Centers
With 23 years of entrepreneurial experience in the medical equipment and services sector, Scott Craig emerged as a dynamic leader. His commitment to the sleep community earned him the prestigious American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine’s Clinical Research Award. As the CEO of Midwest Dental Sleep Center (MDSC), he has played a pivotal role in elevating MDSC to one of the nation’s most respected dental sleep medicine clinics.
Dr. Kevin Wallace, DMD, D.ABDSM
Dr. Kevin Wallace, a seasoned general dentist with over 25 years of clinical dentistry, has devoted his entire career to Dental Sleep Medicine. His dedication led him to join MDSC, where his contributions continue to shape the field.
Kevin Adley RPSGT, CCSH: Director, Business Development
With more than two decades of experience in Sleep Medicine, Kevin Adley has explored diverse areas, becoming an expert in alternative strategies for traditional sleep treatments. He spearheads business development for Dr.Lullaby, the Nation’s largest virtual Behavioral Sleep Medicine clinic. Kevin’s commitment to the field is underscored by his roles as Vice Chairman for the American Association of Sleep Technology’s Educational Advisory Committee and Board of Directors member for the Illinois Sleep Society.
Unveiling the Essentials of Dental Sleep Medicine
The seminar encapsulated a wide array of vital topics, including:
1. Overview of Sleep Medicine: Intro to Sleep Disorders, Testing, and CPAP Therapy
Participants delved into common sleep disorders, patient care pathways, and the intricacies of CPAP therapy. Understanding the fundamentals of this therapy and addressing potential hurdles took center stage.
2. DSM Overview – Dr. Wallace
Dr. Kevin Wallace provided an insightful overview of Dental Sleep Medicine, drawing from his extensive experience in the field.
3. DSM Practice Management – Scott Craig
Scott Craig shared invaluable insights into the practical aspects of managing a Dental Sleep Medicine practice, leveraging his entrepreneurial acumen.
4. Q & A – Ask the Experts
The seminar wrapped up with a captivating Q&A session, allowing attendees to tap into our expert speakers’ knowledge.
A Bright Future Awaits in Dental Sleep Medicine
My attendance at the “Overview of Dental Sleep Medicine” seminar was profoundly enriching. It reinforced the pivotal role that Dental Sleep Medicine plays in offering holistic patient care. I am excited to bring these newfound insights back to Omni Dental and share them with our vibrant community in the NW Chicago suburbs.
I extend my heartfelt thanks to Chicago AGD for orchestrating this exceptional event and our remarkable speakers’ generosity in sharing their wisdom. As dental professionals, our commitment to ongoing learning and innovation propels us forward, ensuring that we provide the best possible care to our patients.
If you’re curious about Dental Sleep Medicine or want to hear more about my experiences at the seminar, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Together, we’re shaping a brighter, more informed future in dentistry!
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