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Welcome to the Northern Virginia Dental Society!

Founded in 1931, the Northern Virginia Dental Society (NVDS) is the largest of eight component societies of the Virginia Dental Association and the American Dental Association with over 1,4​00 local member dentists including specialists.

NVDS Speaker - Zaghi

NVDS CE PROGRAM – “A Functional Approach to Sleep & Breathing: Tongue-Tie, Tongue-Tone, and Tongue-Space” with Soroush Zaghi, MD

  • Fri, Mar 01, 2024 | 8:30 AM - Fri, Mar 01, 2024 | 4:00 PM
  • Location: Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks
  • Address: 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Fairfax, VA
  • Contact: Erin Matlock
  • Email:
  • Phone: 703/642-5297

In-Person Continuing Education Lecture
Full Day - 6 CE
**Deadline 2/24/24**

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Registration for this NVDS CE session on March 1 is now closed.
Due to the overwhelming demand and space limitations, we regret that we cannot accept any new registrations for this course at this time. Additionally, no walk-in registrations will be accepted. 

Sleep and breathing disorders are now well appreciated to have a direct effect on a multitude of dental health outcomes including caries, periodontal disease, dental wear, malocclusion, pain, and oral dysfunction, as well as overall medical health, longevity, and psychosocial well-being. Dental healthcare providers are in a unique position to not only screen and monitor patients with sleep and breathing disorders, but more importantly to actively participate in treatment through a multidisciplinary approach that recognizes the limited role of medical providers to manage disease and the broad role of dental providers to optimize health and wellness for all patients through prevention, early identification, management, and definitive resolution. This presentation will provide an evidenced-based overview of the entire spectrum of sleep-related breathing disorders and approach to treatment of tongue-tie, tongue-tone, and tongue-space issues based on the latest research and clinical protocols developed by Dr. Zaghi and his team at The Breathe Institute.

Course Objectives:
• To appreciate the impact of restricted tongue-mobility (tongue-tie), oral dysfunction (tongue-tone), and maxillofacial underdevelopment (tongue-space) on mouth breathing, clenching, grinding, sleep issues, fatigue, depression, anxiety, neck tension, pain, postural dysfunction, and fascial restrictions.
• Learn to use the FAIREST-6 as an objective, validated screening tool based on physical examination characteristics to evaluate for risk of pediatric sleep-disordered breathing.
• Develop an understanding of the differential diagnosis for the root-causes of sleeprelated breathing disorders, sleep bruxism, and cycle of oral dysfunction in pediatric and adult populations; and be able to screen for and identify the clinical signs of mouth breathing, tongue-tie, limited tongue-space, sleep-disordered breathing, and myofunctional disorders among patients in your practice.
• Learn how the clinical definition of ankyloglossia has evolved over recent years and recognize the role and limitations of tongue-tie surgery in the broader context of myofunctional (tongue-tone) and maxillofacial (tongue-space) issues. 
• Appreciate how a functional approach to sleep, breathing, tongue-tie, and maxillofacial development can be implemented to optimize the health and wellness of every patient.

About Our Presenter:
Dr. Soroush Zaghi graduated from Harvard Medical School, completed residency in ENT (Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery) at UCLA, and Sleep Surgery Fellowship at Stanford University. He now serves as 
medical director of The Breathe Institute where the focus of his sub-specialty training is on the comprehensive treatment of nasal obstruction, mouth breathing, snoring, and obstructive sleep apnea in children and adults. He is very active in clinical research with over 80+ peer-reviewed research publications in the fields of neuroscience, head and neck surgery, myofunctional therapy, and sleepdisordered breathing. Dr. Zaghi is particularly interested in studying the impact of tethered-oral tissues (such as tongue-tie) and oral myofascial dysfunction on maxillofacial development, upper airway resistance syndrome, and obstructive sleep apnea, especially as it relates to pediatric populations. He is an invited lecturer, author, and journal reviewer for topics relating to the diagnosis and management of sleep-disordered breathing and tongue-tie disorders in children and adults.

The Northern Virginia Dental Society is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. See each course description for the number of continuing education credits designated by the Northern Virginia Dental Society.