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What is LVI?
The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) is a postgraduate training center for dentists. LVI offers a variety of courses covering subjects such as: neuromuscular, advanced diagnostic, occlusal, and aesthetic dentistry. The scope of available courses has spread to the spectrum of all areas in clinical dentistry as well as practice management.
Why should I go to LVI?
LVI is totally unique in the dental community and is based on the quest for the deeper understanding of the Art and Science of Dentistry. Not content with teaching the same lessons that have been handed on through the past, LVI has become a living laboratory with over 15,000 cases being done on campus. The hands on clinical and interactive lecture format combined with live-patient treatment makes LVI unlike any educational opportunity in any other venue. The protocols and procedures to allow dentists to provide life-changing experiences for their patients through Aesthetics and Neuromuscular Occlusion and Implants and Dentures are enough to reinvigorate the passion for dentistry, but the life saving management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea provides the doctor with the ability to deliver care that was unimagined in dental school.
I already do cosmetics and veneers; why would I go to LVI?
There are a number of lectures and workshop formats available for learning more about cosmetics, however the power of the education at LVI is unparalleled. To create a practice built on solid cosmetic skills, it is not just about the right bonding agent. The programs at LVI provide the tools necessary from clinical to empirical to communication to office systems to practice vision. Learning about veneers isn’t simply prep design or bonding resin, but to be done correctly requires so much more than just the right bur. The entire process is discussed and dissected from practice management to communication to team skills to diagnosis to clinical protocols to management of the case after you are done. Quite simply, LVI offers the complete package.
I don’t want to shut my practice down during the week; can’t I take programs on the weekend?
Dentistry is a profession built on a number of synergies and one of the most critical is focus. It has been our experience over nearly the last two decades that course work that is ‘fit in’ on the weekend is very poorly implemented. The education of the dental team is as important as the clinical care of the patients; perhaps more so. In order to provide the focus and implementation needed, it is routinely noted that courses taken during the week are not only worth the time away from the practice, but actually are implemented more completely.
LVI is so expensive!
Your dental practice is an investment. Your dental school education is the largest first investment and generally followed by your practice. The investment in your advanced education is as important as in your dental school and practice. Potentially more important! The skills in dental school allow for a license to learn and to apply that foundation to your continuing growth. Your investment in your LVI education will likely be one of your most important investments in your future – and if applied in your practice, you will fine that the return on that investment is seen in short order. The improved diagnostic and treatment skill set will allow you to address problems that have been misdiagnosed and ignored or even mistreated by health care for decades, and your enhanced value as a practitioner will skyrocket your professional satisfaction.
In independent surveys, about 98% of doctors report improved professional enjoyment and the vast majority have seen in increase in their income after attending LVI.
How do I find a patient?
The patients in the live-patient programs must be a patient of record in your practice, however a lot of doctors will restore their team or family or friends in the programs. The advantage is that you have a built in referral source and walking example of what an ideal smile can look like!
For those practices that bring a ‘regular’ patient, the experience here is exceptional for the patient and they become anything but a ‘regular’ patient after the experience and often are a huge referral source for the practice!
Can LVI provide a patient for the course?
One of the critical components of the LVI experience is the work done setting the patient up for the program and the follow-up after the smile is restored. For this reason it would be a disservice to your education to provide a patient. LVI will not locate patients for participants.
What is Neuromuscular dentistry?
Neuromuscular dentistry is simply the next step in the evolution of thinking about occlusion. With Neuromuscular science as a foundation of your evaluation, you are able to not only assess the hard tissues like teeth and bones, but the comfort and function of the soft tissues such as muscles is also evaluated. This more comprehensive approach allows scientifically backed decision protocols to be implemented that will build the case on the basis of physiology and anatomy – of the bones and teeth and supporting soft tissues.
I don’t know what things might be missing from my practice; I already do comprehensive dentistry.
With the NM foundation to augment your current detailed comprehensive exam, you will uncover issues like chronic head and neck pain or migraine in your patient pool. You will find an alarming number of your current patients suffer from numb fingertips – and uncover how that is related to their bite.
Based on the science of Neuromuscular, you will realize why physicians are having success in treating migraine by using Botox to paralyze the jaw positioning muscles. Medicine has shown that 90% of pain in the body is from muscles and it is no different in the head and neck.
The physiology of airway is related to how the bite works and affects life-threatening issues such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Discover how you can help your patients to control this deadly dysfunctional process and why a dentist is a critical and essential component to the management of OSA.
The growth and development into a malocclusion isn’t something that just ends with needing braces, the development of malocclusion is a predictable response to airway challenges as children. In the Core I program at LVI you will discover the airway science that is not only affecting the proper growth and development of your patients but also your children!
Adhesive dentistry is one of the most rapidly changing aspects of our profession and the Core III program is dedicated to keeping attendees and auditors alike in the most up to date and current research into the science of adhesive dentistry.
Regardless of how great your dentistry currently is, you will find that you gain a ton from the experience. As a matter of fact, the dentists who gain the most are the ones who are most advanced coming in to begin with! Our profession is literally exploding and expanding at a rate never before seen and LVI is dedicated to continuing to deliver the most practical and up to date information so that you can make a positive impact on your practice and your patients!
How important is it that I bring my team?
One of the most critical and fundamental rules of success in a practice rests on the shoulders of your team. They are the ones who communicate with your patients and they are the communication liaison between you and your patients. If they don’t understand the clinical fundamentals as well as the business systems and communication principles that create success, you are limiting yourself. They are one of the most important assets in your practice and must be educated and honed accordingly.
It has often been said that some of the most successful practices are built on systems regardless of the doctor’s clinical skills; and some of the most clinically excellent dentists are not successful because they don’t have the systems to be able to create excellence in their practice. The programs at LVI are designed to provide both – systems and communication skills that will bolster the clinical excellence and help to create the practice that is committed to exceptional and conservative comprehensive adhesive dentistry. Bringing your team is one of the most important things you can do to take advantage of the opportunities at LVI!
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