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
- Examination: hands-on training and forms
- Testing: HST, CBCT, PSG, allergies, ENT referral
- Diagnosis and Treatment Planning: interpretation and strategy
- 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
- 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.
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.
Instructor: DeWitt Wilkerson, DMD
Recommended Prerequisite: International Airway Symposium