November 16-17, 2018

Lecture/Participation Course
Sleep Medicine: The "Dentist" Role and Introduction to Orofacial Mandibular Disorder and Therapy


The presentations will include strategies for assessing, managing and treatment of Sleep Breathing Disorders (SBD) such as Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). A thorough review of current literature and theories will be presented to assist the dentist in developing a comprehensive treatment plan for SBD patients.  Attendees will be able to appreciate and understanding the dentist’s role in evaluating oral habits, postural considerations and restrictions that contribute in the development of Craniofacial Disorders. Orofacial myology therapy will be introduced and their role on growth & development reviewed.

This Introductory course will provide dentists with clinically-focused and evidence-based education in:

Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) such as Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Orofacial Mandibular Disorders as they relate to infant nursing, feeding, nutrition, facial development, swallowing, speech and airway

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify signs and symptoms of sleep disordered breathing
  • Understand the complexities of treatment of patients with Sleep Disordered Breathing such as Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  • Understand clinical techniques to incorporate Oral Appliance Therapy into a general or specialty dental practice
  • Identify trending technologies used in the management or treatment of OSA
  • Describe various patient care options and strategies for optimizing treatment outcomes
  • Prepare an office protocol to maximize treatment success and properly manage therapy side effects
  • Provide the patient with clear expectations and possible outcomes to therapy
  • Understand the importance of developing a multidisciplinary team approach to diagnosis, treatment and management


Introduction to Orofacial Mandibular Disorders (OMDs) and Therapy:

Participants will be able to:

  • Define an Orofacial Mandibular Disorder
  • Demonstrate a wide range of didactic and clinical tools in the assessment & treatment of Orofacial Mandibular disorders
  • Describe the role of Orofacial Mandibular Disorders and their contribution in Sleep Disordered Breathing
  • Understand how Tethered Oral Tissues impact patients of all ages as they relate Orofacial Manidbular disorders
  • Identify the risks vs benefits of TOTS releases
  • Understand the role of and differences between Active Wound Care and Orofacial Myofunctional therapy
  • Be able to identify physical and facial characteristics of Oral  mouth breathers and relate negative consequences of obligate mouth breathers
  • Understand the impact of oral breathing on craniofacial development, feeding, swallowing and speech development 
  • Understand the relationships between proper nasal airway breathing and OMDs



Karen Wuertz, DDS, PA, DABLS is a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine, a Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery and a fellow in the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. Dr. Wuertz is passionate about treating patients, as it relates to oral restrictions, oral function, and airway management during Sleep.

Jeanne Bailey, DDS earned her dental degree from West Virginia University, School of Dentistry (1983), Dr. Bailey continued her professional education with significant post-graduate study in cosmetic dentistry at the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies. She developed an interest in craniofacial pain, including dental related sleep-disordered breathing and TMJ.

Friday and Saturday
Check-in: 7:30 AM
Program: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

UT Health San Antonio, School of Dentistry

Dentist: $650.00
Allied Dental Personnel: $425.00
Early Bird: $550.00 - Register before Sept. 14, 2018

AGD Code: 340 Hours: 14

To register, please complete the registration form

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