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.
- 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.
- 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.
- “ON A GREAT DAY WE SAVE A SMILE, ON AN AMAZING DAY WE SAVE A LIFE”, DeWitt Wilkerson, DMD.
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
Recommended Prerequisite: none