Friday, May 3, 2019 | 9:00AM - 11:00PM | 2 CEUs
The ADA has set a policy for dentists to help children establish "an optimal airway and breathing pattern". What has this got to do with dentistry? A lot, as a matter of fact. As physicians of the face, we are directly responsible for the way the lower half of the face, including both jaws, grows, how the functions of mastication, swallowing, and now, breathing and rest posture are carried out. Attending to the structure, function, and behavior of the cranial, muscular, and respiratory complex is definitely within our scope of practice. So how do we put this policy into practice? Barry Raphael, DMD, past president of the New Jersey Association of Orthodontists and the Passaic County Dental Society, has been developing protocols for "Airway Orthodontics" for the past 10 years (of a 40-year career) and will show us just how simple it is to put his protocols into practice. Simple but not always easy. He will also talk about the challenges that face us as dentists to bring dental and health care into the 21st Century.
- The underpinnings of the "Airway" approach
- The assessment of airway problems in children and adults
- The various modalities that address the structural, functional, and behavioral components of the airway problem, and what he sees as the future of orthodontics and dentistry.
Speaker: Dr. Barry Raphael