Airway & Breathing Related Disorders – Evaluation, Diagnosis & Treatment

Course Description

An understanding of the critical role of airway obstructions and disordered breathing significantly influences proper treatment planning in dentistry.  Manifestations may include signs and symptoms such as dental malocclusions, bruxism, tongue-tie, GERD, attention deficit, poor sleep, sleep apnea, daytime fatigue, TMD and morning headaches.  Every patient, regardless of age, should be assessed for the presence of potential airway problems. Positive findings should initiate definitive protocols for management and resolution.

This hands-on workshop will enable the dentist to develop specific clinical guidelines for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of Airway & Breathing Related Disorders.  Participants will learn how to examine and test patients, along with phase one management options. Phase two management options, which may include arch expansion and reorganization of the dental occlusion, following the Dawson Principles will be explored.

Attendees will leave this course knowing how to:

  • Read home sleep tests
  • Interpret CBCT assessment of airway
  • Effectively use oral appliance therapy
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of airway disordered breathing

Course Size: 24

Course Agenda

Day 1

  • Examination: hands-on training and forms
  • Testing: HST, CBCT, PSG, allergies, ENT referral
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning: interpretation and strategy

Day 2:

  • Phase 1: breathing therapy/coaching, sleep appliance therapy
  • Phase 2: resolution of upper, posterior and oral airway
  • Collaboration: outside health providers, insurance
  • Practice Development: systems for implementation
Learning Objectives
  • Understand the critical role of airway obstructions and disordered breathing in treatment planning.
  • Develop specific guidelines for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of Airway & Breathing related disorders.
  • Identify definitive resolution options that follow the Dawson Academy principles.
  • Learn how to create and work with an interdisciplinary team.
Course Details

Target Audience: General Dentists

CE Credits: 16

CE Codes: TBA

Class Hours: Day 1 and 2 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Optional Dinner – The class typically goes to dinner together after class of Day 1. Spouses are welcome to join.

Tuition: $4,600

Instructor: DeWitt Wilkerson, DMD

Recommended Prerequisite: International Airway Symposium

Course Dates & Locations

  1. May 7 - May 8

    St. Petersburg, FL (The Dawson Academy)

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  2. September 25 - September 26

    Denver, CO (Mountain West Dental Institute)

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  3. October 8 - October 9

    St. Petersburg, FL (The Dawson Academy)

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How does malocclusion and airway relate?

Malocclusion and Breathing Disorders: Uncovering Their Relationship

In this webinar, Dr. Wilkerson uncovers the relationship between malocclusion and breathing disorders. Learn what to look for when screening for airway disorders and the result of leaving these disorders untreated

Our Faculty

Each faculty member is a leading practitioner who has implemented The Dawson Academy’s approach in their own practice, and bring that real world experience back to the classroom.

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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.

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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 16 credit hours continuing education credits.