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Presented by Leopoldo Correa, BDS, MS
Synopsis: To anyone treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) patients - including pediatric patients - this burgeoning field is of the utmost importance. Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) is increasingly recognized as a chronic disorder of dysfunctional breathing during sleep in children and can range from habitual snoring to OSA. The spectrum of SDB can result in adverse neurocognitive consequences from sleep fragmentation and intermittent hypoxemia, as well as adverse craniofacial maldevelopment; abnormal breathing patterns; learning difficulties; ADD and ADHD; poor academic performances; excessive sleepiness; and behavioral, mood, and anxiety disorders. As part of this program, participants will learn the necessary steps to complete a comprehensive TMD evaluation and will be given information on the epidemiology, classification, signs, and symptoms of these conditions. Participants will also receive instruction on how to develop an appropriate plan of care for SLEEP - TMD patients, while understanding when adjunct forms of therapy should be incorporated. The program will provide a clear understanding of the need for a multidisciplinary approach in the management of patients with TMD and OSA.