So I want to take just a second and talk about the three basic requirements of occlusal therapy. And if we think about this, good occlusal therapy is going to be about force management and putting the appropriate forces on the teeth.
The Dawson Academy has been teaching for decades the importance of understanding occlusion in order to provide patients with predictable, functional, and long-lasting care. With the groundswell of recent research it has become clear that airway and sleep-disordered breathing must also be a consideration for patients' long-term health.
Are you screening and treating breathing and airway issues predictably?
So when we think about trying to get great adhesive results, number one is we have to understand what it is we're trying to do, so we need to understand the materials.
One of the best ways to build confidence is through the use of checklists. Too often, we have limited time to accomplish all that we need to for our patients. Throw in the distractions that can pop up when you least expect, and it's all too easy for essential items to slip through the cracks.
I often compare the experience of patients coming in to our office and being told that they need to have work done to the experience of us taking our car in to be serviced and they tell us that we need new brakes.
We all have patients whose dental problem has outstripped their insurance benefits. And that's all right. And I always tell my patients, "You think of your insurance as if you put on a pair of pants and found a $20 bill in the pocket. It's a bonus."
Using an articulator. It is time to take it out of the closet. It's not just a doorstop that they made you buy in dental school.
Let's talk for a minute about a financial issue, diagnosing the pocket book or maybe another way of looking at it is X-raying the wallet. I think we all have a little bit of preconceived ideas when we meet other human beings. We kind of size them up by the way they look, the way they dress, the way they manicure themselves.
One of the most important things that we have learned from Dr. Dawson over the years is the importance of diagnosis. One of my other great mentors, Dr. Henry Gremillion also talked about the 3 most important D's in dentistry: diagnosis, diagnosis, diagnosis.
One of the things that really keyed us into the fact that airway and breathing disorders are very significant is that we began to see some things from studies that were done overnight that showed that it's very common for patients that have, let's say, sleep apnea, to have an apneic event, and at the end of that event, to have a bruxism episode.