This is an all-day program (6 CEUs). Course will continue Friday afternoon at 1:30pm
The infant child is born as an obligate nasal breather which facilitates proper craniofacial development via a natural feeding and breathing pattern. Among the most important and immediate physiologic functions at birth is the maintenance of breathing which is driven at the level of the brain stem. These concepts provide the context for the role of the airway focused restorative dentist, orthodontist and all related healthcare providers. Sleep disordered breathing, TMD, dental crowding, nocturnal bruxism, diurnal clenching and many other medical sequelae are considered signs and symptoms of the deficient airway in the vast majority of cases.
• The difference between genetics versus epigenetics in craniofacial development and function.
• Aberrant craniofacial development poses as a major risk factor for TMD.
• Physiologic, organic occlusion is related more with proper airway function than centric relation.
• Why SDB is so prevalent world-wide.
• Sleep medicine is more about re-establishing proper nasal breathing function than the use of devices in most cases.