Sleep Related Breathing Disorders
Fee: $50/MDA Members and Staff; $75/Non-Members
CE Credits: 2
Dentists and dental hygienists play an integral role in identifying potential patients with a sleep breathing disorder. Together, dentists and dental hygienists are well-positioned to also identify patients at a greater risk for an SBD.
In fact, after a 2015 resolution called for action, the House of Delegates approved an American Dental Association policy statement that addressed dentistry’s role in sleep-related breathing disorders. The statement outlines the role of dentists in treating these disorders, including assessing a patient’s risk, referring patients to appropriate physicians, evaluating the appropriateness of oral appliance therapy, and more.
However, the lack of understanding of what some of the intraoral and extraoral signs are prevented us from clearly identifying these patients. Getting patients educated, diagnosed, and, if necessary, managed with continuous positive airway pressure or oral appliance therapy can help in preventing other comorbidities that are associated with SBD.
- Screening for obstructive sleep apnea in your dental practice.
- Understanding dental sleep examination and appointment workflows.
- Identifying and understanding oral appliance mechanics.
About the speaker … Dr. Mayoor Patel received his dental degree from the University of Tennessee in 1994 and then went on to complete a one-year residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry. He also earned a Masters in Science from Tufts University in 2011. Additionally, Dr. Patel served as an adjunct clinical instructor at the Craniofacial Pain Center at Tufts Dental School from 2011-2014 and presently again. He also serves as Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Department of Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences at the Augusta University, College of Dental Medicine in Augusta, Ga. (formerly Medical College of Georgia). He is one of five dental professionals in Georgia to be board certified in Dental Sleep Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Patel is the only dental practitioner in the country to be triple-boarded in Craniofacial Pain, Dental Sleep Medicine and a Registered Polysomographic Technologist.