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Use A.M. Deprogrammers to Boost your Practice’s Profits

The A.M. Deprogrammer manufactured by Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab safely repositions a patient’s bite after nighttime TMJ or oral sleep appliance therapy, dramatically reducing the chance of a bite complication. Adding these devices to your sleep and TMJ treatment plans will increase patient comfort and your sleep or TMJ practice’s profits.

The A.M. Deprogrammer from Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab ought to be placed over the patient’s lower teeth immediately after the patient removes his or her nighttime appliance. This means that the patient should be advised not to swallow, bite, or grind their teeth before placing the deprogrammer. Once the deprogrammer has been placed, the patient should perform bite exercises for roughly twenty minutes – singing in the shower is an easy way to complete this step.

While all A.M. deprogrammers reduce bite change complications and the practitioner’s liability, the appliance manufactured by Gergen’s Orthodontic labs offers advantages over its competitors. Most deprogrammers, such as the Patterson TAP A.M. Aligner, are manufactured from thermoplastic wafers that are heat molded to fit the patient’s teeth, which causes them to wear out quickly. However, the A.M. Deprogrammers manufactured by Gergen’s Orthodontic lab, are custom made using hard acrylic, which assures a lab-perfected fit and a long lasting product.

 These deprogrammers can increase your practice’s profits. Each deprogrammer can be billed to insurances companies under bill code S82262. Most insurance companies will typically pay between $500 and $1500 for the treatment. However, Medicare cannot be billed for A.M. Deprogrammers. But, Medicare patients can be charged for the service if they have already completed an Advance Beneficiary Notice.

Whether using a Sleep Herbst, a Respire, a Silencer, or any other oral appliance, the A.M. deprogrammer can increase any sleep or TMJ patient’s comfort during treatment, and can even increase your practice’s profits at the same time.

David Gergen CDT

David Gergen CDT

David Gergen, CDT and President of Pro Player Health Alliance, has been a nationally respected dental lab technician for over 25 years. He received the award for “The Finest Orthodontic Technician in the Country” given by Columbus Dental in 1986. He also has been appointed Executive Director of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy Dental Division, a national interdisciplinary academy dedicated to sleep training and education with over 60,000 members. David rolled out of bed on December 4, 1982 and had his career “ah ha” moment. He knew he was going to be an orthodontic technician and he knew he was going to help people all over the country to help treat their sleep disorders in partnership with their dentists. He has worked for some of the pioneers in the orthodontic and sleep dentistry fields. He was the personal technician for the likes of Dr. Robert Ricketts, Dr. Ronald Roth, Dr. A. Paul Serrano, Dr. Clark Jones, Dr. Harold Gelb, Dr. Joseph R. Cohen, Dr. Rodney Willey, Dr. Allan Bernstein, and Dr. Thien Pham. One of his proudest achievements is receiving The National Leadership award for Arizona Small Businessman of the Year in 2004.

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