Dentistry’s recent interest in Sleep Apnea has evolved into an important new understanding of the significant links between airway and breathing disorders, TMD and malocclusions and systemic inflammation, creating new opportunities for dental teams to address the patient’s complete health. The most immediate essential of complete health is an open airway, proper breathing and oxygen delivery to every cell. Not only is it possible to evaluate for breathing dysfunction that affects systemic health, but also understand key relationships between breathing dysfunction and dental malocclusion, tongue thrust habits, clenching and bruxism, abrasion and erosion dental wear, gastric reflux and TMJ discomfort. It is imperative to be well versed in airway and breathing to excel as a problem solver in dentistry and to thereby produce predictably stable restorative results. By developing an integrative dental medicine approach, dentists will have the ability to expand services, play a positive role in our current health care crisis and collaborate with the larger medical community.
- Experience the paradigm shift in understanding the role and opportunity for dentistry to change lives, thereby improving the health of your patients, community, family and your practice.
- Know the tools available for screening, testing and diagnosing airway and systemic health problems.
- Learn the 7 screening questions that will determine the dental medical stability of your patients.
- Utilize a comprehensive “Integrative Dental Medicine Checklist” to simplify the learning and implementation of the concept.
- Develop new treatment planning strategies to improve airway including expanding dental arches.
- Gain the confidence to incorporate new screening, testing and diagnosing airway and systemic health problems.
- Know that it is not necessary to sacrifice dental occlusal principles to improve and resolve airway issues.
- Recognize how systemic inflammation, airway-breathing disorders and TMD-malocclusions are linked.
Target Audience:General Dentists, Hygienists, Treatment Coordinators
CE Credits: 6.5
CE Codes: 1.5L 150; 5.0L 730
Instructor: Dr. DeWitt Wilkerson
Recommended Prerequisite: none