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Sleep Apnea: Screening and Treatment Options for Children and Adults

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Description

Orthodontists have the opportunity to collaborate with physician colleagues by screening for and providing treatment options for the management of obstructive sleep apnea/sleep disordered breathing in children and adults. This session will clarify how their understanding of craniofacial growth and development, mandibular advancement devices, and rapid maxillary expansion can benefit patients at risk for or diagnosed by their physicians with sleep disordered breathing.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Screen for risk of sleep disordered breathing in their pediatric and adult patients. 
  • Describe the unique expertise of orthodontists to provide alternative treatment options to continuous positive airway pressure for sleep disordered breathing. 
  • Discuss the feasibility and limitations of rapid maxillary expansion and mandibular advancement devices as treatment options for sleep disordered breathing.

Contributors

  • Dr. Rose D. Sheats

    Dr. Rose Sheats is a graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine with an orthodontic certificate from the University of Florida and a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. A Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, she retired in 2013 from her full-time academic position as the Graduate Orthodontic Program Director at the University of North Carolina.

    Dr. Sheats provided oral appliances to patients with sleep disordered breathing from 1997 to 2016. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), the only national non-profit professional society dedicated exclusively to the practice of dental sleep medicine. She has chaired or participated in numerous AADSM committees, courses and task forces. She serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine, the AADSM’s official publication.