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Exploring the Frontiers of Pediatric Dental Sleep Medicine

Published on: Apr 9, 2024
 By: The New Dentist
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Exploring the Frontiers of Pediatric Dental Sleep Medicine

Registration is now closed.

Did you miss the live session? Access the recording.

Uncover the early signs and symptoms of pediatric sleep-disordered breathing, and familiarize yourself with this specialty's diagnostic techniques and therapeutic interventions.


Coming Soon: Mastering Pediatric Dental Sleep Medicine 2024 Online Course

This comprehensive course, starting in the fall, is structured as a 6-day series, with sessions taking place once a month through live online sessions. The curriculum integrates theoretical knowledge with practical applications, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of Pediatric Sleep Medicine.

The final session is specifically devoted to case discussions and problem-solving, fostering a dynamic and interactive learning experience.

The course is now open for early registration.

Fall/Winter Course Schedule:

1.) Saturday, September 28, 2024: Introduction to Sleep Medicine

  • Overview of Sleep Medicine: Basics and Terminology

  • Pediatric Sleep Disorders: Classification and Prevalence

  • The Role of Dentistry in Pediatric Sleep Medicine

  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Building Partnerships with Sleep Physicians, ENT and Myofunctional Therapists


2.) Saturday, October 26, 2024: Diagnostic Tools & Techniques

In-Office Screening of Sleep Disordered Breathing

  • Signs and Symptoms of Sleep-Disordered Breathing

  • Clinical Manifestations of Sleep-Disordered Breathing and Airway Assessment

  • Coordinating with Sleep Physicians and Other Healthcare Professionals

Sleep Study Integration

  • Understanding Sleep Study Reports

  • Pediatric Polysomnography (PSG) Fundamentals

  • Interpreting Home Sleep Testing (HST) in Pediatric Patients

Radiographic Imaging in Pediatric Sleep Medicine

  • The Role of Imaging in Airway Assessment

  • Identifying Risk Factors for SDB on Imaging

  • Imaging Decision Making, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning 


3.) Saturday, November 16, 2024: Growth Modification Protocols

Craniofacial Growth and Development

  • Normal Craniofacial Growth Patterns in Pediatrics

  • Growth Modification: Indications, Timing, and Rationale

  • Incorporating Growth Assessment into Treatment Planning

Orthodontic Approaches

  • Tailoring Treatment Plans to Patient's Age and Condition

  • How to incorporate clear aligners into your growth modification system

  • Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE): Techniques and Applications for Appropriate Timing

  • Miniscrew Assisted Rapid Palatal Expander (MARPE): Step-by-Step Implementation

  • Custom MARPE: Tips for Success and Minimal Side Effects

  • MARPE Complications: Prediction, Management, and Troubleshooting

  • Integrating Growth Modification into Everyday Practice


4.) Saturday, December 7, 2024: Advanced Approaches & Collaborations

  • Introduction to Sleep Surgery

  • The Role of Tongue and Frenuloplasty

  • Myofunctional Therapy Role and Implementation

  • Other Additional Treatments, including Nasal Irrigation, Allergy Treatment, Mouth Taping

  • Collaborating with Sleep Physicians, Surgeons, and Myofunctional Therapists

  • Practical Application in Everyday Practice


5.) Saturday, January 4, 2024: Analyzing Real-Life Cases

  • Addressing Challenges and Complications

  • Optimizing Treatment Plans for Success

  • Implementing Pediatric Sleep Medicine Workflow


Lead Instructor Dr. Audrey Yoon

Dr. Yoon is a dual-trained orthodontist and pediatric dentist who specializes in sleep medicine. She is currently a Clinical Professor of Stanford Sleep Medicine Center at Stanford University and an Assistant Professor in Orthodontics at University of Pacific. She founded Pacific Ortho-Dental Sleep Medicine Fellowship at University of Pacific and serves as a program director. She was also a clinical associate at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and served as a co-director of Pediatric Dental Sleep Mini-residency program at Tufts University.

She completed her orthodontic and pediatric dentistry residencies at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She also earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery and Master of Science degree, completing extensive research in Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) at UCLA. 

Dr. Yoon has established World Dentofacial Sleep Society and serves as a founding president. She also serves on the board of directors for California Sleep Society, Angle Orthodontists and the Korean Association of Dental Sleep medicine. Dr. Yoon lectures internationally, leads workshops for professional audiences and provides expert clinical consultation to health professionals worldwide. She is also a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

She practices the full scope of non-surgical and surgical orthodontics from pediatric to geriatric population for airway management including growth modification, pediatric palatal expansion, customized Miniscrew-Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion (MARPE), Distraction Osteogenesis Maxillary Expansion (DOME), Orthodontic treatment for Maxillomandibular Advancement ( MMA ), clear aligner therapy and oral appliances for sleep apnea.

Exploring the Frontiers of Pediatric Dental Sleep Medicine: Introduction Video

Uncover the early signs and symptoms of pediatric sleep-disordered breathing, and familiarize yourself with this specialty's diagnostic techniques and therapeutic interventions.

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