10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mayoor Patel, DDS
Fee: $99/MDA DDS; $59/Staff; $199/Non-member DDS
CE Credits: 4
AGD Code: 550
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.
If a patient is experiencing pain on one side of the face, it may be caused by a temporomandibular disorder. This is especially true if it involves the patient’s chewing muscles. TMDs are part of a group of disabling conditions that are characterized by dysfunctions in the jaw muscles and/or the temporomandibular joint. To add to that, chronic orofacial pain is also a typical feature of TMD. Muscles of the face can also cause unexplained toothaches that lead to unnecessary dental treatment.
This is where dentistry comes into play. These conditions are often misdiagnosed or overlooked, but as a dentist you can step in and provide the guidance, diagnosis, and resources your patients need to live pain-free or with minimal discomfort. As a dentist, you can successfully treat patients’ pain, but it is important to properly understand TMDs, what to look for, and how to provide treatment, such as with oral appliance therapy.
- Taking a pain history and what it means.
- Understanding how to diagnose common TMJ disorders.
- Identifying and understanding common orofacial pain symptoms.
This course counts toward the Michigan Board of Dentistry’s pain management requirement.
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.
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