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45th Annual DREA Symposium
DEC 2017

Sleep Medicine for Dentistry

Presented by

Dr James Metz

Course Description

     Breathing is basic.  Our primitive brain controls the process, and we take it for granted.  We as dentists can influence the available oxygen dramatically.  An understanding of the physiology of breathing will allow for a more precise treatment plan of our restorative care.  Considering that breathing well may increase your patient's quality of life and possibly even their lifespan as well as the durability of the finished restorative case, this course will cover the process from intake to completed treatment. The overall objective is to present a logical way to incorporate Mandibular Advancement Therapy into dental practice.



 At the completion of this seminar, participants will be knowledgeable in:

1.   Why we sleep and how sleep impacts your day-to-day dentistry

2.   Physiology of sleep (focus is the heart, brain, and basic pulmonology)

3.   Terminology of Sleep Medicine

4.   The pathophysiology, demographics and sequelae of OSA

5.   Evaluation, analysis and comprehension of polysomnogram reports and the necessity of medical evaluation

      and importance of a multidisciplinary team approach to treating snoring and OSA

6.   Appliances

7.   Building a delivery team in the office. 

8.   The appointment process – how to handle the flow.  

9.    Patient motivation – it is more than an appliance

10.  Billing and Insurance


Hands-on experience:

At the completion of the hands-on session, participants will be knowledgeable in:

1.   Basic screening oximetry

2.   Protocol for taking the lateral cephalometric radiograph

3.   Advanced interpretation of High Resolution Pulse Oximetry for titration

4.   Fine tuning the mandibular advancement device

5.   Measurement of outcomes

6.   Follow-up to track healing/verifying the outcome

7.   Orthodontics and Surgically Facilitated Orthodontic Treatment



Friday December 1st and Saturday December 2nd
Joseph Smith Building Sharon Room 9th Floor
15 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150

10 CE Credits for the day and a half

This course is approved by the Utah AGD.  Symposium attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 10 CE Credits after the meeting.

The Symposium will be held at the Joseph Smith Building 15 East South Temple, Salt Lake City UT 84150 in the Sharon Room on the 9th floor. 
The New Courtyard by Marriott (near Vivant Arena, free Trax to JSMB) offers $99 per night but must speak with Blair Myrick (385) 290-6500 and let her know that Mercedes Abad is Event Coordinator. Plaza Hotel (west of Temple Square) offers special rates as well. Contact Richard Williams (801) 606-2410 and again mention Mercedes Abad is our event coordinator.

Participants will be given all day parking pass for JSMB (Not City Creek parking). 

The fee for the course is $230.00 for dentists and hygienists, $125.00 for staff and guests.  A $45.00 late fee will be assessed after November 20th.

Please register early.  Friday continental breakfast and refreshments at breaks will be provided, lunch and dinner on your own.  No refunds will be given for cancellations after November 20th.  For information please call Dr. Dan Alston 801 814-0812

For website issues e-mail Dr. Dan Alston @

Symposium Schedule

Friday, December 1, 2017

  8:00 am   Registration
  8:30         Presentation Begins
10:00         Break
10:15         Continue Program
11:30         Lunch Break
  1:00 pm   Afternoon Program
  2:30         Break
  2:45         Continue Program 
5:30         Adjourn

Saturday, December 2, 2017

  8:30am    Presentation Begin
0:30          Break 
10:45         Continue Program
2:30pm     Adjourn

Symposium attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 10 CE Credits after the meeting.

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