F01 -Dental Sleep Medicine – It’s Place In Dentistry Today

Dental Sleep Medicine-It’s Place in Dentistry Today

Friday, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

 CE- 6 Hours

Nearly one in four adult patients that sat in your chair today has a sleep-related breathing disorder. According to the National Institutes of Health, 50 to 70 million Americans are affected by chronic sleep disorders and other sleep related problems that can significantly diminish overall health, alertness & safety.

Left untreated, sleep disorders have been linked to heart disease, stroke, hypertension, depression, diabetes & other chronic diseases. Side effects of poor sleep may even be mental, such as a lack of short term memory, disorientation, and mood swings. And driving while exhausted is as bad as driving drunk. Sleep problems may involve too much or too little sleep, or poor quality of sleep.

There is a huge unmet need in your dental practice, and as dentist you are able to spot some of the airway symptoms before anyone else. Did you know that one of the leading treatment options for sleep apnea are oral appliances, and only dentists can provide them?

Treatment of sleep disorders is one of the fastest growing fields of medicine and recent developments have put dentists on the front line. With Obstructive Sleep Apnea reaching epidemic levels in our society you have a unique opportunity to save the lives of those suffering while adding a valuable service in your practice.

Course Objectives:

  • Introduction to sleep – sleep stages, disorders
  • Sleep apnea prevalence – why is there a need for treatment
  • Sleep apnea signs/symptoms/clinical issues
  • Treating snoring and sleep apnea in a dental office – protocol review
  • The importance of working with Sleep Physicians
  • Dental Sleep Medicine step-by-step protocol flow chart
  • Discuss different oral appliances – pro’s and con’s

 Intended Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Office Personnel, Lab Technicians

Location: Date: September 20, 2019 Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm John Comisi