DAY 1, FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018

7:30 AM to 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Topic: Making the Oral Appliance Case in the Halls of Congress and with the FMCSA

Presenter: Former Congressman Marty Russo

Marty Russo is a well-known lobbyist and noted speaker on how to have more influence in Washington, in business, and in life. Using dynamic story telling and listing useful tips, former Congressman Russo is a energetic speaker on having more influence. You will leave with the leadership knowledge and action oriented tips you need to make a difference. This workshop will be customized by the group to address the specific public policy issues and leadership needs of concern

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Topic: Medical Billing “Explained” for Dentists Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Presenter: Megan Cheever

Megan is a billing specialist focused on providing medical billing for dentists. Brady Billing is a company created by a dental office for dental offices who practice dental sleep. We all are aware how difficult it can be to incorporate new services. How does medical billing for a dentist work? It’s a lot easier than you think. Take a patient’s insurance information, run the benefits to find out if they’re covered for OSA then you two discuss our findings. If the patient wishes to move forward, we handle pre-authorization and you set them up with their new appliance after approval.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Coffee/Tea Break

10:15 AM to 12:00 PM

Topic: How Oral Appliance Therapy works and proving Compliance in Custom Oral Devices for OSA

Presenter: Dr. Richard Bonato Ph.D., M.A., RPSGT

Dr. Bonato has worked in numerous capacities within the medical devices industry, sleep disorders medicine, and sleep research fields during the past 30 years. He has taught university courses on Sleeping and Dreaming, has been on the executive committee of the Canadian Sleep Society, has authored and co-authored numerous presentations and articles in sleep journals, has been an invited reviewer for the scientific journalSleep, and has been the manager of a hospital-based sleep disorders laboratory. He has also been heavily involved in the design of medical devices during the past 20 years including numerous marketing, budgetary, product and business development, and product road-map capacities in sleep disorders medicine and dental sleep medicine. His experience as a registered sleep technologist enables him to design product from both the user and manufacturer perspectives, and he possesses extensive experience in the area of instrumentation and methodology.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Topic: Medicare Requirements for Sleep Medicine

Presenter: Cindy White

Cindy White is a DME Education Consultant with Noridian Healthcare Solutions. She has been with Noridian since the fall of 2012. Prior to joining Noridian, Cindy spent 17 years working in the DME industry for a respiratory supplier, bringing a unique perspective and strong desire to provide quality education to the DME community.

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Topic: Sleep Apnea: A Priority for State Government and Highway Safety

Presenter: Mark Brvonich Attorney General of Arizona and Alberto Gutier Director for Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

Mark Brnovich, pronounced, “Burn-O-Vich”, is a lawyer and politician from the state of Arizona who currently serves as Attorney General of Arizona. It’s the largest law office in Arizona, with approximately 400 attorneys and 1,000 employees.

Alberto Gutier, is Director for the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) which is the focal point for highway safety issues in the state. GOHS develops, promotes and coordinates programs that influence public and private policy by increasing public awareness of highway safety issues.

3:00 PM to 3:15 PM

Coffee/Tea Break

3:15 PM to 4:00 PM

Topic: No more Titration: A Protocol for Reducing Time and Achieving Optimal Appliance Outcomes

Presenter: John Nadeau

John Nadeau Vice President of Sleep Group Solutions will introduce a process for screening, case presentation and clinical records that enables dental practices to increase case acceptance, reduce time and increase overall treatment efficacy with oral appliances by incorporating real-time objective measurements of airway parameters. This lecture will include a hands-on demonstrations that also incorporates analysis of vertical dimension as an important parameter in determining oral appliance starting position.

4:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Topic: Leadership and Growth in Dental Sleep: What an Academy can and should be doing for its Members

Presenter: Dr. Allan K. Bernstein DDS

Dr. Bernstein was one of the original 7 founders of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine back in 1991. He focuses his practice on orofacial pain disorders (TMD) and obstructive sleep apnea/snoring. He has been in practice since 1978. He received his training at McGill University in Montreal and completed his dental internship at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD> He continues to enhance and refine his clinical expertise through ongoing training and professional involvement in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea with the use of oral appliances, an area he expanded his practice to include since 1986.

4:30 PM to 5:15 PM

Topic: Transitioning to Dental Sleep – Doing your best is not Enough, Do what is Necessary!

Presenter: Mack Newton

Even the most successful people in the world of business, sports, music and entertainment have coaches. Richard Branson, Charles Barkley, Bruce Springsteen, Emma Stone all people with exceptional abilities still rely on advice from a personal coach to guide and keep them focused and motivated. Mack has achieved as much with his coaching of the Oakland A’s during their 1988-90 heyday. In 1993 with the Dallas Cowboys, which saw him receive a Super Bowl ring. In the 1980s as Head Coach for the USA Taekwon-Do team. He has also personally coached other illustrious names like; Troy Aikman, Bo Jackson, Emmitt Smith and Charles Barkley. Mack is a Champions Champion but more importantly he helps others move out of their comfort zone to change and succeed.

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM – FRIDAY EVENT

ASBA Exhibitor Cocktail Function featuring NFL Legends and Keynote


Friday April 13th for Dental Sleep Medicine 101 and program for assistants and office staff.

Break Out Sessions

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Topic: Introduction Dental Sleep Medicine. Evaluating the Opportunity and Deciding to Treat or Refer

Presenter: Dr. Erin Elliott DDS

Dr. Elliott is in private practice in Post Falls, Idaho, where she provides general and cosmetic dentistry, short-term orthodontics, and dental sleep medicine. Dr. Elliott is an active member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, as well as a diplomate and sitting co-President of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy. She has authored several articles and lectured extensively on dental sleep medicine.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Coffee/Tea Break

10:15 AM to 12:00 PM

Topic: Front Office to Back Office. Winning Strategies for Running a Successful Sleep Practice

Presenters: Donna Willey and Angela Praying

Donna Willey and Angela Prayna have built the systems and procedures that have propelled Koala Centers to their position as the Premier Sleep Apnea Treatment facility in the United States. Their presentation is a walk from the front office to the back office one process and procedure at a time. this is expected to be a great presentation for the dental team involved in the treatment of sleep apnea.

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Topic: Chronic Care Management

Presenter: Rudi Ferrate MD

Dr. Ferrate is board certified in Sleep and has recently dedicated himself to building a network of care providers with an interest in Chronic Care management.

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Topic: Sleep Medicine Oral Appliance Therapy: A Real Model for Dentist Physician Collaboration

Presenter: David Gergen

David Gergen has worked for some of the pioneers in the orthodontic and sleep dentistry fields.  He was the personal technician for the likes of Dr. Harold Gelb, Dr. Robert Ricketts, Dr. Ronald Roth, Dr. A. Paul Serrano, Dr. Clark Jones, Dr. Arthur Gaus, Dr. Joseph R. Cohen and Dr. Edward Spiegel.  He has also taught orthodontic technicians at Arizona Institute of Technology for dental and medical careers.




7:00 AM to 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

7:00 AM to 9:00 AM


Presenters: Dr. Kevin Mueller and Dr. Cynthia Wiggins

Dr. Mueller received is D.M.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in 1980. He has specialty training in Sleep Apnea, advanced dental management of snoring and sleep apnea. He has additional training from the L.D. Pankey Institute and Seattle Institute.

Dr. Mueller maintains professional memberships in the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. He is board certified by the American Sleep and Breathing Academy

Dr. Cynthia Wiggins completed her Doctorate of Dental Surgery, (DDS) degree in 1996. She was awarded the Alpha Omega Scholarship Award for Highest Academic Achievement. She also received the Academy of General Dentistry Senior Student Award, Academy of Periodontology Award for Excellence in Periodontal Diagnosis and Treatment, the Comprehensive Care Award, AG Richard Award for Excellence in Radiography, Delta Sigma Delta Award for Academic Achievement and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Honor Society for General Dentistry.

Dr. Wiggins has achieved her Diplomate status for the American Board of Craniofacial Pain, the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Sleep and Breathing Academy for her continuing education studies.

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Topic: How to Work with Physicians and Establish Yourself as a Dental Sleep Expert

Presenter: Dr Kent Smith DDS

Dr. Kent 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.

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Topic: How a Dentist works the Dental Sleep Medical Model

Presenter: Dr. Paul Van Walleghem DDS

Dr. Van Walleghem has been practicing Dentistry for 27 years and Dental Sleep Medicine for 22 years. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated from Northwestern University Dental School in 1986 with honors. Dr. Van Walleghem received his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 1999. Dr. Van Walleghem is credentialing chair for the board of the Sleep and Breathing Academy. BASBA is the board administers diplomacy review and testing for the ASBA. Earning Diplomate status from the ASBA is a unique honor that recognizes special competency in dental sleep medicine.

10:00 AM to 10:15 AM

Coffee/Tea Break


12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Topic: TMD Overview and its relation to Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Presenter: Dr. Richard Klein DDS

Dr. Klein founded Michigan Head & Neck Institute, PC in 1985 to provide a place for people suffering from TMJ problems to seek specific treatment. After practicing general dentistry for 17 years (including the voluntary time he spent when he served as a Lieutenant in the US Naval Dental Corp), he saw a need to open a practice that exclusively treated patients with TMJ problems as he saw an increasing amount of patients with the relevant symptoms, and treatment for the condition was evolving. He later added the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea to his exclusive practice as he saw a growing number of people who suffered from the condition, and the evolution in the application of oral appliance therapy

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Topic: Non-surgical Upper Airway Remodeling for OSA

Presenter: Dr. G. David Singh D.Sc. PhD DMD

Dr. Singh is the founder of the field of pneumopedics and cranofacial epigenetics, including epigenetic orthodontics, having realized a few years ago that there is a natural way for the body to remodel the upper airway, reshape bone and move teeth into their correct positions painlessly without the use of surgery or drugs.

3:00 PM to 3:15 PM

Coffee/Tea Break

3:15 PM to 4:00 PM

Topic: Advanced Dental Sleep Programs

Presenter: Dr. Robert Veis DDS

Dr. Veis began practicing in 1984 as a solo general dentist and has been a part of both solo and group practices since then. A graduate of USC Dental School, he taught for 12 years at the University of Southern California as a Clinical Professor in Restorative Dentistry; is an internationally renowned lecturer (at locations including UNLV, Columbia University, Loma Linda University and NYU) on the topics of Dental Sleep Medicine, Orthodontics for the General Practice and Appliance Therapy; and has served on the faculty of the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies. He is the co-author of The Principles of Appliance Therapy for Adults and Children – considered one of the definitive texts on the subject — and has lectured extensively for the Academy of General Dentistry-sponsored mastership program.

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Topic: Sleep Disorders and the Dental Patient, an Overview

Presenter: Dr. Robert Talley DDS, Dr. Bryan Keropian DDS and Dr. Larry Tilley DDS

Dr. Tilley graduated from the Medical College of GA (MCG) School of Dentistry where he remained as a full time faculty member and the director of auxiliary training. Dr. Tilley is a confessed “continuing education junky” always keeping up with the latest techniques and procedures in all aspects of dental medicine. Dr. Tilley is a recognized authority in the application of physical medicine modalities and myofascial therapy for the treatment of head, neck, facial pain and temporomandibular disorders. He became a certified message therapist and certified naturaopath in order to better treat his patients. He has also served as the dental director of a large sleep center. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including: Co founding the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. His a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and he is also an International Lecturer on Craniofacial Pain, TMJ and Dental Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Robert L. Talley, DDS found Craniofacial Pain, TMJ and Sleep in Norman OK in 1971. For over 40 years, Dr. Talley focused specifically on craniofacial pain, TMJ disorders and sleep disorders. He founded the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain with his colleagues, serving 2 two-year terms as President and two decades as Chairman of Continuing Education programs for what is now the largest professional society for dentists interested in TMD, craniofacial pain and sleep disorders. He became the first dentist in Oklahoma to become board certified in dental sleep medicine by becoming a Diplomate in the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Talley is also a Diplomate of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy. In addition to ongoing research, he has completed numerous fellowships and Board certifications including, but not limited to, the ABDSM and ASBA.