Spear has released a new curriculum introducing viewers to airway prosthodontics and essential terms, concepts and techniques involved with sleep dentistry. This curriculum includes three courses: "Creating an Airway Vocabulary," "Inspiratory Flow Limitation: Stepping Beyond Apnea" and "Upper Airway Resistance: TMD By Any Other Name."
Airway Prosthodontics is the study of aberrant breathing — when awake and asleep — and its impact on the development and health of the stomatognathic system. This specialty moves beyond sleep appliances and their impact on the airway during sleep. "Introduction to Airway Prosthodontics" is designed to introduce a shift in perspective to the clinician- encouraging them to consider how airway dysfunction can contribute to everyday conditions they see in the practice, and how effective screening can assist with the prevention of obstructive sleep apnea and related complications.
After going through this curriculum, viewers will be able to:
- Understand the terminology of a traditional sleep study, the causes of sleep obstruction, and the health impact of a dysfunctional airway
- See how understanding inspiratory flow limited breathing can be applied to preventing sleep apnea, and the damaging health effects of apnea-related inflammation and stress
- Discover the interrelated nature of TMD and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome, and how to properly screen for UARS