Dentists have the unique advantage among healthcare providers in evaluating patients for signs of sleep disordered breathing on a regular basis. We also have an opportunity to bridge the gap between the medical and dental providers in our communities to create options for treatment. Sometimes treatment options may awaken a touchy TMJ, and becoming an expert in mitigating these possible issues is a must. In this lecture Dr. Sabo will review the basics of normal sleep, snoring, and sleep disordered breathing in adults and children. She will review what red flags to look out for and update you on all the latest treatment options for sleep and TMJD in adults and children.
· Understand normal sleep and how to improve sleep
· Understand how obstructive sleep apnea affects adults and children
· Become familiar with the dental responsibility of screening for OSA
· Recognize how to choose the best oral appliance for your specific patient
· Understand how to avoid problems and minimize side effects of oral appliance therapy
· Understand how to direct treatment options for childhood OSA, including creating a village of providers to address the growth of the airway
· Review and remember the relevant anatomy of the TMJ
· Have a straightforward way to diagnose the most common TMJ disorders
· Understand treatment options for the most common TMJ disorders
Jessica Wagner Sabo, DDS FAACP
Dr. Sabo received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in Loma Linda, California, after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She is an active member of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and the Tri-County Dental Association.
Dr. Sabo has enjoyed watching her general dentistry practice grow for over 13 years. It was after she noticed a family member try to navigate their way through a craniofacial pain syndrome, that she went back to school to be able to provide a home base for these patients. Numerous mini-residencies through the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and countless hours of continuing education later, Dr. Sabo earned her fellowship status in the Academy and is her patient’s number one advocate for finding a solution to decrease or eliminate head and neck pain.
Scientific research into the etiology of head and neck pain, has uncovered a high correlation between such pain patterns and sleep disordered breathing. Because a high number of people with head and neck aches have sleep apnea, Dr. Sabo went back to receive more education through both the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and Tufts University Dental Sleep Medicine programs.