A Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) recording can take as little as 10 seconds of patient time and less than 2 minutes of a staff member’s time, but the benefits can make a world of difference. A couple years ago, I contributed to an article in Dentistry Today that focused on JVA in routine restorative dentistry, taking into account the urgent need for dental staff individuals to be trained to take accurate, repeatable JVA recordings.
Through proper baseline JVA recordings, patients can be assured that instances of jaw trauma or injury can be detected through comparison. Using these recordings, patients can be provided with accurate care and comfort in their therapy undergoing measures to combat conditions such as snoring and sleep apnea using tools that modify jaw and joint positions as they sleep.
One company that never fails to impress in the field of dental technology is SomnoMed. They are a true industry leader when it comes to creating innovative treatment solutions for sleep-related breathing disorders, sleep bruxism, snoring, and sleep apnea.
For example, their SomnoMed MATRx system has created huge leaps in assisting sleep laboratories with their study sessions. The MATRx allows the laboratory to avoid the disruption of a patient’s sleep as it predicts his or her target protrusive position from the control room.
Earlier this year I was honored to speak at SomnoMed’s Client Appreciation Dinner, which was held at Harvard Club of Boston. Over 250 physicians, dentists, and sleep providers attended, all of whom benefited from the clinical research and high manufacturing standards of the company.
I’m continually impressed by the work SomnoMed produces thanks to their great leadership and forward-thinking approach to development.
Back in September, I had the pleasure of speaking at the first-ever JADA Live event, “Dentistry in the Digital Age.” Attendees of the event had the opportunity to hear from leading educators and practitioners on a variety of topics regarding the practice of dentistry in the digital world. My course, “Defining Return on Investment: Making Every Technology Purchase Count,” delved into discovering how to benchmark and set goals for maximum ROI while making investments in new technologies and implementing them into clinical initiatives.
As in any industry it is important to stay informed on advancements in new technologies, and especially in dentistry new clinical initiatives. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to share these emerging innovations with our community and I am looking forward to expanding this program to increase the visibility of these advancements and opportunities in technology within our industry.
I’d like to personally thank Michael D. Springer, Managing VP of Publishing, and the publisher of the JADA, along with marketing genius Carsten Franke, for helping to make this event a reality.
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