Disordered Breathing, Sleep Apnea, and Splint Therapy

Course Description

Integrative Dental Medicine is a rapidly expanding field that every Dawson Dentist must understand.

In this course, three experts will describe the detailed evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for disordered breathing, sleep apnea, bruxism, and associated local and systemic complications.

Two common questions we receive at the Dawson Academy are:

  1. Are you going to teach an update course covering the growing significance of sleep apnea?
  2. Can you teach us the appropriate use of various splints for protecting teeth from bruxism, joint problems, sore muscles and headaches, and airway management?

Actually, these two questions overlap.

Research is showing a strong connection between poor breathing and many medical problems, including some TMJ signs and symptoms, headaches, bruxism, teeth erosion, gastric reflux, esophageal and throat cancer, chronic cough, asthma like symptoms, respiratory dysfunction, post nasal drip, ADD, cardiac arrhythmia, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and the list goes on…

We have an opportunity in Dentistry to play a very significant role in the diagnosis and medical management of what now is described as “disordered breathing”. These problems are typically present during daytime breathing, as well as nighttime, and can dramatically affect total health.

Often these medical problems can have dental solutions, including oral appliance, orthodontics, and orthognathic surgery. 

Learning Objectives

  • Discover the effects of early childhood disordered breathing on growth and development, including dental arches, occlusion, nasal passages,respiratory issues, and cognitive development.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of disordered breathing and sleep apnea.
  • Develop protocols for screening patients for disordered breathing including sleep apnea.
  • Create medical protocols for testing and diagnosis.
  • Review Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) – the appropriate medical usage for snoring/sleep apnea/hypopnea.
  • Design protocols for managing snoring/sleep apnea/hypopnea in the dental office.
  • Define how to take a correct bite registration for anterior repositioning the mandible to open the airway using oral appliance therapy.
  • Review medical insurance codes and financial options for treating sleep apnea.
  • Recognize the possible occlusal complications associated with sleep apnea appliances and how to manage them.
  • Identify the Buteyko principles of retraining proper breathing, including mouth taping.
  • Utilize a decision tree for evaluating and diagnosing Masticatory System disorders.
  • Specify the various occlusal splint options and their appropriate usage.
  • Prepare fees for various treatment regimens involving splint therapy.

Course Information

Class Hours: Day 1 & 2 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuition: $1,495 per doctor or technician

CE Credits: 14

Instructors: DeWitt Wilkerson, DMDTom Colquitt, DDS and Ben Miraglia, DDS

Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: General Dentists, Specialists

Hear What Past Attendees Say About This Course

Dr. Dale Rolando

“The course was excellent in introducing me to the ever expanding growth of dentists being able to help their patients as we come closer to being intertwined with medicine.”

Dr. Dale RolandoOrlando, FL
Dr. Brent Blaylock

“This was an incredible course; a true symposium where experts gave us cutting edge information and free discussion and questions were encouraged.  As Dawson trained dentists, we know we have the ability to transform our patients’ lives.  Having a better understanding of the airway and the problems associated with inadequate airways gives us the opportunity to make a huge impact on the lives of our patients, friends, and relatives, both adults and children.”

Dr. Brent BlaylockDurham, NC
Dr. Kathy Sanders

“I love the process of reasoning “why?” about each condition and problem.  This is necessary to ever reach life changing benefit levels for our patients.  This symposium dealt with many of the questions that I have had about my dental patients who seem to suffer, yet do not have significant apnea readings.  The destruction starts somewhere and this lecture really went through this instead of only considering maintenance procedures.  thank you!”

Dr. Kathy SandersKingsport, TN
Dr. Richard Tallon

“I realized that myself, my son and my grandson will be able to benefit from information I learned form this symposium. Not to mention how this will impact my patients!”

Dr. Richard TallonBranson, MO

Still not convinced? Hear from other students who have completed our core curriculum.

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The Dawson Academy is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The Dawson Academy designates this activity for 19 credit hours continuing education credits.

Cancellation Policy:

Requests to cancel or transfer registration in a Dawson Academy course, lecture, or event will be accommodated until 60 DAYS PRIOR to start date. Upon request a refund will be provided minus a $100.00 non-refundable deposit, or a one-time course, lecture, or event transfer, which remains valid for 12 months. Less than 60 days prior to course, no refunds or transfers will be issued.

*Students who finance tuition through the Lending Club financing program are subject to special terms and conditions.

Please contact The Dawson Academy at 1.800.952.2178 for full details.