Dentistry’s Next Frontier: Integrated Dental Medicine

Course Description

Integrative Dental Medicine emphasizes the golden opportunity for dental teams to address the dental patient’s complete health by understanding the relationship between airway, inflammation and TMD.  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 the key relationship between breathing dysfunction and dental malocclusion, tongue thrust habits, clenching & bruxism, abrasion & 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 produce predictably stable results in restorative dentistry.

Developing an integrative dental medicine approach in your practice, you will have the ability to expand your services, play a positive role in intervening in our current health care crisis and collaborate with the larger medical community in your area.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the major risk factors of complete health and utilize a practical clinical model for evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • Utilize a comprehensive “Integrative Dental Medicine Checklist” to simplify the learning of this subject and guide the clinical implementation on an individual patient basis.
  • Develop the confidence to incorporate new screening into the patient evaluation process.
  • Experience a paradigm shift in understanding the role and opportunity dentistry has to change lives and impact the complete health of your patients, community, family, and practice.
  • Know the tools available for screening, testing and diagnosing airway and systemic health problems.
  • Develop new treatment planning strategies to improve airway including expanding dental arches.
  • Know the dental treatment options that go beyond oral appliances such as ENT procedures and dental arch expansion, and how and when to use them.
  • List the seven screening questions that will determine dental medical stability in your patients.
Benefits of Attending
  • Develop life-changing understanding of many aspects of malocclusion that previously were unexplainable.
  • Differentiate your practice by elevating reputation in the community.
  • Practice will develop new lines of business, thus becoming financially healthier while patients get healthier.
Course Details

Target Audience: General Dentists, Specialists, Hygienists, Dental Assistants

CE Credits: 6.5 hours

CE Codes: 1.5 (L150), 5.0 (L730)

Instructor: Dr. DeWitt Wilkerson

Tuition: $545

Recommended Prerequisite: none

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About Dr. DeWitt Wilkerson

Dr. DeWitt Wilkerson, D.M.D. is a senior faculty member at The Dawson Academy where he leads many of The Dawson Academy courses. Dr. Wilkerson joined Dr. Peter Dawson’s private practice in 1982, and he now co-owns DuPont & Wilkerson Dentistry in St. Petersburg, Florida with fellow senior faculty member Dr. Glenn DuPont.

He became a member of The Dawson Academy’s faculty in 2009, and he’s a recognized leader in researching and educating on dentistry’s role in the diagnosis and medical management of what now is described as “disordered breathing.” Dr. Wilkerson launched The Dawson Academy’s annual Airways Symposium in 2017, and he’s lectured on integrative dental medicine, whole health dental treatments, and airway/dental sleep medicine all over the world. Additionally, Dr. Wilkerson has presented on restorative dentistry, occlusion and TMJ disorders.

Dr. Wilkerson is the Immediate Past President of the American Academy for Oral and Systemic Health which works to improve inter-disciplinary healthcare and collaboration and increase awareness of the mouth-body health links. He is a past President of the American Equilibration Society, the leading organization for the study of dental occlusion and temporomandibular disorders. He’s actively involved with the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, American Dental Association and the Christian Medical/Dental Association.

Did you know?

75% of people with TMJ dysfunction have signs that suggest Breathing Disordered Sleep.

A “V shaped” maxillary arch malocclusion is 90% predictive of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

The #1 cause of systemic inflammation/pain is a pro-inflammatory diet.

TM Joint Osteoarthritis is an inflammatory condition, just like Cardiovascular Disease.

17/30 patients with Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) reported A.M. headaches.

Forward head posture is a classic sign of both chronic Facial Pain and Obstructed Breathing.

It is not necessary to sacrifice dental occlusal principles to improve and resolve airway issues.

Systemic inflammation, airway-breathing disorders and TMD-malocclusions are linked.

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Malocclusion and breathing disorders

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, the result of leaving these disorders untreated and how they can result in malocclusions.

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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 6.5 credit hours continuing education credits.