Over the weekend of March 3 – 4, 2017, the first annual Sleep Disordered Breathing/Obstructive Sleep Apnea Symposium was hosted by the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) Continuing Education Department. The event was completely sold out, with 150 general dentists, orthodontists, and pediatric dentists in attendance at the Metcalf Trustee Center Trustee Ballroom located at One Silber Way, Boston from around the country. The two-day conference consisted of more than ten presentations and panel discussions from leading clinical researchers with evidence–based experience and information in the area of sleep disorders and sleep apnea.
The Course Directors for the Symposium were; Dr. Melih Motro, DDS, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, Dr. Michael Platt, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Dr. John Walker, DMD, MSc, Clinical Instructor, Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics. Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter was also in attendance, and delivered the opening remarks.
Due to the vast success of this year’s symposium, supported by Dean Hutter and Professor Will, the Office of Continuing Education at GSDM is looking to make the Symposium an annual event. Many attendees raved about their experience, and hope to share their findings with colleagues and other health professionals. “This was an excellent symposium on a fundamentally important subject to all general dentists and specialists, along with our MD colleagues who treat ENT, pulmonary and cardiology conditions of our shared patients,” said Dr. Robert L. Sanford, DMD.
The growing epidemic of Cardiomyopathy, Stroke, Obesity, Diabetes, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Headache, Pain, Fibromyalgia, Cognitive performance and children’s whole body development are all comorbid, secondary effects of nasal/oral airway obstruction and compensatory mouth breathing, being the origin.
The goal of the Symposium was to help participants understand why the traditional treatment of symptoms of the comorbidities with diet, cholesterol, exercise and medications continue to fail. New research shows that dentistry has a very important and newly discovered opportunity and responsibility to improve the quality and longevity of a person’s life and must interact with the new medical model.
Photos from the symposium can be found on Facebook.
The program for the symposium was as follows:
Friday, March 3, 2017
Presentation of the Disease and Comorbidities
8:00 – 8:30
Sign-in and breakfast
8:30 – 10:15
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Hypertension, Cardiovascular Consequences of OSA
Dr. Amado Freire, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, UTHSC COM at Memphis Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
10:15 – 10:45
10:45 – 12:00
Diagnosis and Conventional Treatment of OSA in Children
Dr. Judith Owens, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders, Member of the Faculty of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
12:00 – 13:00
Neurocognitive and Behavioral Impact of Pediatric Sleep Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Dr. Irina Trosman, MD, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
13:00 – 14:00
Development, Prevention, Intervention
14:00 – 15:00
Insights of Craniofacial Development and OSA Involvement
Dr. German Ramirez, DDS, PEDO. CERT., MDSC, PhD, FRCD
15:00 – 15:15
15:15 – 16:15
Early Treatment in the First Days of Life: Challenges and Benefits
Dr. Athanasios Zavras, DDS, MSc, Dr.Med.Sc, Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Recognition, Treatment and Referral Team
8:00 – 8:30
Sign-in and breakfast
8:30 – 10:00
Orthodontic Approaches in Sleep Disordered Breathing–OSA Treatment
Dr. John Walker, DMD, MSc, Clinical Instructor, Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
Dr. Melih Motro, DDS, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
Dr. Goli Parsi, DMD, DScD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
10:00 – 10:15
10:15 – 11:15
Airway–Focused Dento–Facial Growth Modification with 4D Morphotropic Orthodontics
Dr. Marianna Evans, DMD, Board Certified Orthodontist & Periodontist
11:15 – 12:30
Rationale and Technique of Nasal and Sinus Surgery for the Correction of Sleep Disordered Breathing in Adults and Children.
Dr. Peter Catalano, MD, FACS, FARS, Professor of Otolaryngology, Tufts University, School of Medicine
12:30 – 13:30
13:30 – 14:30
Surgical Management of OSA: Why Maxillomandibular Advancement is the Best Option?
Dr. Pushkar Mehra, DMD, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
14:30 – 14:45
14:45 – 16:15
Functional and Obstructive Breathing Disorders Comorbidity with Chronic Facial Pain
Dr. Steven Olmos, DDS, Founder of TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centers International
16:15 – 16:30
Panel for audience participation