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6 CEU - Course Type: Lecture
All day presentation - Registration starts at 8 am
We all know that healthy sleep is vital for our mental and physical well-being.
Dentists play a key role in sleep medicine because we see our patients at least twice a year for their dental checkup. At this appointment we can assess their risk of sleep-disordered breathing. To add to that, though, patients who suffer from sleep-disordered breathing may also experience pain, such as TMD or other craniofacial pain conditions.
About 18 million Americans experience sleep complications caused by chronic pain, while more than 10 million suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), a condition that is more common in women than men.
Studies suggest that 50 to 70 percent of chronic pain patients actually suffer from a sleep disturbance. On top of that, 89 percent of patients who actually do seek treatment for their chronic pain also report at least one complaint related to a disturbed sleep and wake cycle.
The most commonly cited ailments associated with pain include sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movements while sleeping. In fact, sleep apnea is diagnosed in 17 percent of headache patients. This number exceeds population rates.
As dentists, the science and clinical implications of sleep medicine should resonate strongly within each of you. Not only does the physiologic and behavioral state of our patients’ sleep experiences involve a significant part of daily life, but dental sleep medicine is a rapidly evolving area of health care.
After completion of this course you will understand the:
1. Role of dentistry and management of sleep apnea.
2. Signs and symptoms associated with TMJ disorders.
3. Association of sleep disordered breathing and facial pain.
About the presenter:
Dr. Patel received his dental degree from the University of Tennessee in 1994. After graduation he completed a one-year residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD). In 2011 he completed a Masters in Science from Tufts University in the area of Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Patel has earned a Fellowship in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, the Academy of General Dentistry and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He also became a Diplomate in the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Board of Orofacial Pain, American Board of Craniofacial Pain and American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Patel is the 2nd dentist that has fulfilled the necessary requirements and is a registered polysomnographic technologist.
Presently, Dr. Patel serves as a board member with the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine. He also served as examination chair for and American Board of Craniofacial Pain and American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep medicine. Presently serves as Director of Clinical Education for Nierman Practice Management. Holds adjunct faculty with the Atlanta Sleep School, Tufts University and Augusta University. In the past has served as a founding and board member of the Georgia Association of Sleep Professionals.
Since 2003, Dr. Patel has limited his practice to the treatment of TMJ Disorders, Headaches, Facial Pain and Sleep Apnea. Additional contributions have been published textbook chapters, consumer books, one on treatment options for sleep apnea and the other on understanding temporomandibular disorders, and various professional and consumer articles.
Dr. Patel speaks nationally and internationally on topics of dental sleep medicine, Orofacial pain and TMJ disorders.
The Northern Virginia Dental Society is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
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