Sleep disorders are a group of conditions in which the normal sleep pattern or sleep behaviors are disturbed.
Sleep loss is known to compromise our physiological and psychological wellbeing; leading to cognitive, psychomotor, and emotional dysfunction which compromise daily activities, including safety and productivity.
Dentists are well-positioned to routinely screen for underlying sleep disorders as they will often present with functional or cosmetic abnormalities involving the upper airway. Having a thorough understanding of sleep disorders is key to identifying at-risk patients, allowing for proper diagnosis and prompt management.
This seminar aims to provide an update on sleep disorders and how-to best deal with them.
Areas covered include:
- The nature and need for sleep
- Causes of inadequate sleep
- Understanding sleep disorders including snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea
- How to screen for sleep-disordered breathing
- Diagnosing sleep disorders
- The multi-disciplinary management of sleep disorders
- Dentists role in the management of sleep-disordered breathing
- Understanding the role of orthodontics in the management of obstructive sleep apnoea
- Understanding the cycle of pain and sleep
- Understanding the association between TMD, bruxism and sleep disordered breathing