October 12-14, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston - Greenway Plaza, Houston, TX.

Sleep Education Consortium, Inc.
2201 W. Holcombe Blvd., #325
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (281)-269-7881
email: sec@resttech.pro

2017 SEC Dental Sleep Medicine Conference Conference Agenda:

The Growing Role of the Dentist in Sleep Disorders Medicine: Integrating the Dentist into the Medical Treatment Team

The Houston, Sleep Education Consortium presents a unique opportunity to learn about the dentists' role in sleep disorders treatment (we don't just treat "a" disorder).

This conference focuses on teaching the D.D.S. an overview of sleep disorders, starting from the basics and moving to the more advanced aspects of how dentistry can play a vital role in the field of Sleep Medicine.
In an effort to provide the best educational experience the conference is specifically designed to address the educational needs of the D.D.S.

The One-On-One Special Training Workshop is structured to give the dental assistant the knowledge and understanding in order to recognize sleep disordered breathing (SDB) in their patients, to comprehend the treatment rationale and how it is applied to the clinical setting, and to give basic understanding of the dental assistants role in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disordered breathing.

By addressing the patients' questions regarding sleep issues, the dentist and support staff can be grounded in the broader aspect of sleep disorders on a basic level. Attending both days of the conference will allow the dentist and support staff to become familiar with a multitude of sleep problems, and they can be more responsive to questions patients may ask as the dentist screens for sleep disorders within their practice.

Thursday October 12th

  • 7:00am - 8:00am: Check-in, Sponsored Exhibits and Breakfast
  • 8 AM – 9 AM: Introduction: Sleep and breathing: The basics of understanding Obstructive Sleep Apnea and its relationship to dentistry. - Jerald H. Simmons, M.D.
  • 9:00am - 9:45am: Identifying OSA patients and proper candidates for oral appliance therapy: The dentists approach to the airway exam. - Rob Veis D.D.S.
  • 9:45am - 10:15am: Modern concepts in Temporal Mandibular Dysfunction: Why dentists must understand OSA to optimally treat TMD patients. - Ronald S. Prehn, D.D.S.
  • 10:15am - 10:30am: Break – Sponsored Exhibits
  • 10:30am - 11:15am: Overview of Appliance Therapy and understanding the different types available. Minimizing side effects with Morning Repositioners. - Rob Veis, D.D.S.
  • 11:15am - 11:30am: Taped video: The basic key points a dentist needs to recognize on an oral airway exam. -
    Ron Prehn D.D.S. and Jerald H. Simmons, M.D.
  • 11:30am - 12:15pm: Demonstration of – making a construction bite and Morning Repositioners. - Ronald Prehn, D.D.S.

  • Thursday Afternoon breakout sessions:
  • 1:30 to 5:05 Four breakout sessions, each is 50 min.
    1) Construction bite and AM aligner (1:30–2:20) – Learning how to make a construction bite, all attendees will make a morning repositioner.
    2) Making a proper impression, making a chairside temporary boil and bite appliance(2:25 – 3:15) – All attendees will practice aspects of taking the right impression for a successful appliance and make a boil and bite appliance (materials supplied).
    3) Appliance evaluation (3:20-4:10) – Review evaluating an appliance process--when sent from the dental lab and on patient follow-up office visits. Review methods of appliance titration, appliances will be used for this portion. Selected early registrants will have appliances from their practice evaluated in this session.
    4) Physical exam (4:15 – 5:05) – Components of the dental exam discussed in the morning lecture, reviewed by the participants and practiced in this session along with documentation of the findings.

  • 5:15pm - 5:35pm: New approaches to a better smile and better sleep. - Payam Ataii, D.D.S.
  • 5:35pm - 6:00pm: Wrap-up and review – QA - Dr. Prehn, Dr. Veis, and Dr. Simmons

Friday October 13th

  • 7:00am - 8:00am: Check-in, Sponsored Exhibits and Breakfast
  • 8:00am - 8:15am: Introduction, Overview: Sleep Disorders, Epidemiology and Economic impact. - Jerald H. Simmons, M.D.
  • 8:15am - 9:00am: Overview of sleep physiology. - Jerald H. Simmons, M.D.
  • 9:00am - 9:45am: Narcolepsy and other Central Hypersomnias. - Gerard Meskill, M.D.
  • 9:45am - 10:30am: Insomnia; Causes and Cures. - Brandon Peters, M.D.
  • 10:30am - 11:00am: Break – Sponsored Exhibits
  • 11:00am - 11:45am: Things that go bump in the night: Parasomnias and their association with other conditions. - Gerard Meskill, M.D.
  • 11:45pm - 12:45pm: The full spectrum of Obstructive Breathing During Sleep and Co-Morbid Consequences and the role of Sleep Testing - Jerald H. Simmons, M.D.
  • 12:45pm - 1:45pm: Lunch
  • 1:45pm - 2:30pm: Restless Legs Syndrome, a Common but under diagnosed disturbance of sleep. - William G. Ondo, M.D.
  • 2:30pm – 3:00pm: Dental Appliances in the treatment of OSA - Ronald S. Prehn, D.D.S
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm: Pediatric Sleep disturbances, ADHD and the role of orthodontics. - Duane Grummons, D.D.S.
  • 4:00pm – 4:15pm: Break – Sponsored Exhibits
  • 4:15pm – 4:45pm: Surgical Treatment options in patients with OSA. - Terry Taylor D.D.S.
  • 4:45pm - 5:00pm: Integrating Dentistry into Sleep Medicine. (Part 1) - Jerald H. Simmons, MD and Ronald Prehn, D.D.S.
  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm: Ethical Issues, special considerations and the responsibility of health care professionals who have patients in their practice with sleep disorders. - Gerard Meskill, MD and Entire Panel of Faculty

Saturday October 14th

  • 7:00am - 8:00am: Check-in, Sponsored Exhibits and Breakfast
  • 8:00am - 8:45am: Sleep disorders as the unrecognized, treatable cause in conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Daily Headaches, Chronic Fatigue, Sleep Bruxism, ADHD and more. - Jerald H. Simmons, M.D.
  • 8:45am - 9:30am: Combination therapy--CPAP with dental appliances--in the management of difficult cases of OSA. Improving compliance. - Ron Prehn, D.D.S.
  • 9:30am - 10:00am: Using Telemedicine to assist in the Assessment and Management of Patients with Sleep Disorders. - Gerard Meskill, M.D.
  • 10:00am - 10:20am: Break – Sponsored Exhibits
  • 10:20am - 10:50am: Understanding the results of sleep testing - Jerald H. Simmons, M.D.
  • 10:50am - 11:30am: The Emergence of Myofunctional Therapy to augment the treatment of OSA. - Brandon Peters, M.D.
  • 11:30am - 12:15pm: Identifying and managing complications in OSA patients treated with oral appliance therapy. - Ron Prehn, D.D.S.
  • 12:15pm - 12:45pm: Integrating Dentistry into Sleep Medicine (Part 2). - Jerald H. Simmons, M.D. and Ronald Prehn, D.D.S.
  • 12:45pm - 1:00pm: Steps involved in making a customized full-face CPAP mask – Live Demonstration. Becoming familiar with state-of-the-art treatment approaches. - Ron Prehn, D.D.S.
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm: Lunch - with a Live Demonstration of making the Fusion Custom Mask (customized full face mask) - state-of-the-art treatment approaches. – Ron Prehn, DDS.
  • 2:00pm - 2:30pm: Marketing your dental practice. - Erica Oborny
  • 3:00pm – 3:45pm: Cone Beam CT and Airway assessments. -Ronald S. Prehn, D.D.S. and Payam Ataii, D.D.S.
  • 3:45pm – 4:15pm: Demystifying Medical Billing for Dental Practices.- Sal Rodas
  • 4:15pm – 5:00pm: Putting the parts together to enhance your dental practice. - Sal Rodas


Contact us for more information:

Sleep Education Consortium, Inc.
2201 W. Holcombe Blvd., #325, Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (281)-269-7881
email: sec@resttech.pro