Introduction to Pediatric Sleep Disordered Breathing

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Original Release Date: February 3, 2022

Expiration Date: February 4, 2023

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Credits: 2

Course Description (Lecture Style Webinar)
In 2017 the ADA passed a resolution encouraging dentists to screen for sleep related breathing disorders (SRBD) as part of a comprehensive medical and dental history and provide referrals and evidence based care when appropriate. This course will provide participants an introduction into sleep disordered breathing and sleep health with a primary focus on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in pediatric patients. Participants will learn the definition of sleep, understand sleep terminology, learn the anatomy of the airway and physiology of sleep, the various types of sleep disorders, and the pathophysiology of OSA. We will review the impact sleep disordered breathing has on our patients and the role of the dental professional in the screening for signs and symptoms of OSA. Treatment options and pathways for referral will be introduced.

1. Participants will understand the anatomic and physiologic basis for various disorders of sleep.
2. Participants will recognize the signs and symptoms of sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnea including a screening tool to use right away in their practice.
3. Participants will know the various treatment options that exist for patients and recognize pathways for referral within their communities.

Instructor(s): Dr. William Dahlke and Dr. Ethan Puryear
Dr. Bill Dahlke completed dental school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, graduating Summa Cum Laude and was inducted into the national dental honor society. He practiced General Dentistry and taught at the UNLV School of Dental Medicine for several years before furthering his training in Pediatric Dentistry, also at UNLV. Bill then owned and operated a private pediatric practice in Las Vegas. Following several years in private practice, his desire to be in education brought him back into academic dentistry and to the East Coast. He served as Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the VCU School of Dentistry and the Chief of Pediatric Dentistry at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond while also serving as the Director of the Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry at VCU for several years. In all of his years of academic dentistry, he educated more than a thousand dentists and pediatric dentists. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, has been published in the scientific literature and has contributed to several published textbooks. He is now providing care for his patients in private practice in Richmond, Virginia.

Dr. Puryear attended VCU for his DDS as well as his specialty training in pediatric dentistry. He enjoys practicing the full scope of pediatric dentistry but has a special interest in craniofacial growth and development and its relationship to pediatric sleep disordered breathing. He resides in Richmond, VA with his wife and four daughters.

Financial Disclosure: The speaker(s) and the VDA Team do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations to disclose relating to the content of this presentation.

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