Practice Pitfalls “Everything You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know About Obstructive Sleep Apnea” A Dental Office’s Perspective
A Sleep Apnea Course
September 8, 2023
This presentation will explore and develop an innovative approach to improving the pathway for patients towards the diagnosis and management of sleep breathing disorders like obstructive sleep apnea. Members of the dental team are most likely surrounded by family and friends that are affected, but they are not managing their problem, or they have never been diagnosed. Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Dental Caries are each referenced many times as the most common chronic non-communicable diseases affecting humans throughout the world. Dentists are on the front line in screening and treating both.
At the conclusion, participants should be able to:
Describe anatomy, signs, and symptoms of sleep breathing disorders and the associated comorbidities
Recognize the significance of a higher prevalence of OSA in the Hispanic community, along with the increased risk for associated comorbidities
Discuss how technology can enhance both the dental team's and the patient’s experience
Consider the advantage of relating to the medical community with a dental team that has a medical background
Review the pathway to becoming a Qualified sleep dentist or even a Diplomate with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
Relate to some challenging and interesting cases, including unique airway issues associated with the rare disorder called Moebius Syndrome
Most dentists have the clinical skills to fabricate and fit an oral appliance for a patient that snores or has obstructive sleep apnea. The knowledge and skills needed to integrate sleep dentistry into a general dental practice, however, are quite extensive. Early in his 42-year career, Dr. Greg Osborne started treating patients with mandibular advancement devices. The last several years were focused on learning a more comprehensive approach to helping his patients with sleep breathing disorders. He is a Diplomate with the ABDSM. Some of the more important concepts will be discussed that every dentist should know before treating OSA patients. He will review the events and circumstances that drew him into developing a sleep dentistry practice. Technology such as CBCT, intraoral scanners, and telemedicine will be highlighted to augment the screening, education, and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. His sleep ambassador and clinical director/COO, Mr. Ruben Avalos, will join him as they demonstrate how the medical and dental professions can better work together to expedite and more efficiently care for patients with sleep breathing disorders.
It is the policy of the UT Health San Antonio Office of Continuing Dental Education to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its sponsored educational activities. All participating speakers, course directors, and planning committee members are required to disclose to the program audience any financial relationships related to the subject matter of this program. Relationships of spouse/partner with proprietary entities producing health care goods or services should be disclosed if they are of a nature that may influence the objectivity of the individual in a position to control the content of the CDE activity. Disclosure information is reviewed in advance in order to manage and resolve any possible conflicts of interest. Specific disclosure information for each speaker, course director, and planning committee member will be shared with the audience prior to the speaker’s presentation.
Continuing Dental Education Staff members have nothing to disclose.
Check-in: 8:30 AM Program time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry 7703 Floyd Curl Dr San Antonio, TX 78229
UT Health Faculty: $125
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