Invitation from Dr. Kent Smith, DDS
The annual “Sleep and Wellness” conference organized by the American Sleep and Breathing Academy (ASBA) is being held April 13-14 in Las Vegas, NV. Expected attendance will be approximately 600.
The ASBA’s annual meeting focuses heavily on practice management for the dentist, which includes building the right team, obtaining proper medical insurance, scheduling, marketing, building relationships and finding ways to grow a dental sleep practice. We have also added some incredible speakers from outside the field, such as Dr. David Berg, CEO of Redirect Health and foremost expert on healthcare coverage in the U.S., that we believe doctors will find interesting and helpful.
Those of us who have practiced for a while understand the benefit of an organization that lobbies for improved reimbursements for oral appliances, while seeking to lower ever-escalating health care costs. This is one of the main reasons I became involved with the ASBA’s Political Action Committee. Of course, we’re not the only group with a PAC, but I suspect we played a small part in galvanizing other groups in the space to become more active. Whatever the case, added involvement from other groups is a positive for our industry and their members.
At ASBA, our goal is to be more like a concierge Academy. We want to be directly accessible and responsive to our members’ needs. Above all, our relentless focus is to help dentists in sleep medicine become more successful.
Attend Conferences, Get Out of the Office, Attend Sleep and Wellness
I started to collect conference badges years ago, and now have many hung on a wall in my office. Why do conferences matter? You must never stop learning. Networking is key. Make sure you know who will be there, research them and meet them.
The ASBA has an excellent clinical education program. No matter how experienced you are, everyone can learn. The educational aspect of the conference will expose you to new ways of running your practice, conducting your business better and being more productive.
Networking with peers is important. The conference provides a great opportunity to network. Your fellow colleagues, like yourself are there to help.
There are always new vendors and suppliers. Don’t shy away from the exhibit hall. Invest a little time and turn them into your friends and allies. Industry vendors know a lot about the current business climate.
Don’t forget about entertainment and fun. Add a layer of enjoyment to the meeting. We have a number of cocktail and evening speaker events scheduled during the conference
Dr. Kent Smith DDS
Dr. Smith is a Diplomate of both the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and is on the Advisory Committee of the Australasian Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. In 2007, he was asked to start a sleep curriculum at the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Clinical Studies. In 2011, he started the SKISH Initiative (“School Kids in Safe Hands”), to keep bus drivers and students safe on the roads. In 2012, he was the first in Texas to be awarded a Dental Sleep Medicine Facility Accreditation and is the creator of the “Best Sleep Hygiene” app. He is current President of the ASBA.