Airway Focused Dental Practice:   (SOLD OUT)

This is an all-day program (6 CEUs). Course will continue Friday afternoon at 1:30pm

The infant child is born as an obligate nasal breather which facilitates proper craniofacial development via a natural feeding and breathing pattern. Among the most important and immediate physiologic functions at birth is the maintenance of breathing which is driven at the level of the brain stem. These concepts provide the context for the role of the airway focused restorative dentist, orthodontist and all related healthcare providers. Sleep disordered breathing, TMD, dental crowding, nocturnal bruxism, diurnal clenching and many other medical sequelae are considered signs and symptoms of the deficient airway in the vast majority of cases.

Learning objectives:
• The difference between genetics versus epigenetics in craniofacial development and function.
• Aberrant craniofacial development poses as a major risk factor for TMD.
• Physiologic, organic occlusion is related more with proper airway function than centric relation.
• Why SDB is so prevalent world-wide.
• Sleep medicine is more about re-establishing proper nasal breathing function than the use of devices in most cases.

  • Course Code: F03AM
  • Time: 9:00am-11:59am
  • Location: Renaissance Main Floor, Cira C
  • CE Credit: 3
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Mark Cruz

Mark Cruz, DDS

Mark Cruz, DDS, graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1986 and started a dental practice in Monarch Beach, CA upon graduation. He has lectured nationally and internationally and is a member of various dental organizations including the Pierre Fauchard Academy, Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics and the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry. He was a part-time lecturer at UCLA and member of the faculty group practice and was past assistant director of the UCLA Center for Esthetic Dentistry. He has served on the National institute of Health/NIDCR (National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research) Grant review Committee in Washington D.C. and is currently serving on the DSMB (data safety management board) for the NPBRN (national practice-based research network) as well as on the editorial board for the Journal of Evidence Based Dental Practice (Elsevier).

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