DATE: Friday, March 6, 2020

TIME: Registration: 8:30 a.m.  |  Lecture: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Loma Linda University Centennial Complex, 24760 Stewart Street, Loma Linda, CA 92350

TUITION: $195 DDS / $145 AUX / $150 MD

CREDIT: This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 7 units of continuing education.

AGD Code: 730

Accreditation Statement: The Loma Linda University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Loma Linda University School of Medicine designates this Live Activity for a Maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Duane Grummons, DDS, MSD

Board Certified in Facial Orthopedics and Orthodontics
Associate Professor of Orthodontics
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry

Jerald H. Simmons, MD

Triple Board-Certified Neurologist and Pulmonologist
Founding Director, Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Associates
Houston Medical Center, Sugar Land and The Woodlands, Texas


This program is designed for the entire health provider team, including physicians, dentists, nurses, physical therapists, speech pathologists, myo-functional and behavioral health specialists. Screening protocol is emphasized, with useful resolutions provided.
Sleep consumes about one third of our life and has a spectrum of abnormalities which can hinder our daily living. It has received little attention in our medical education system. Unfortunately, most health professionals have not been trained to deal with these common problems. 
Sleep disorders in children and adolescents are common; even infants may have sleep disorders. Studies have shown that poor sleep quality and/or quantity in children are associated with a host of problems, including academic, behavioral, developmental and social difficulties, weight abnormalities, and other health maladies. Pediatric sleep problems affect children’s health, and impact family dynamics and parental or sibling sleep. Children suffer from problems falling or staying asleep and not waking up rested having daytime sleepiness. Physiological problems such as obstructive sleep apnea show abnormal or disruptive behaviors during sleep such as sleepwalking or other parasomnias, restless legs syndrome, and daytime symptoms such as excessive sleepiness,  and more. While adults may suffer from the same problems, the etiology, presentation, and associated findings in children are different than those seen in adults. 
Children with these problems are typically under-diagnosed in medical and dental practices. Breathing trumps all other physiologic body functions. Our brain and facial/nasopharyngeal structural development are unfavorably influenced and affected when imbalances with disorders of sleep or breathing are evident.  Physicians, dentists, nurses, behavioral health specialists, parents, teachers, coaches and others in the lives of children can observe and screen for disorders to discover the unfavorable effects on their daily lives.
In children, breathing and sleep problems also affect cognitive performance and physical development. This presentation will emphasize the relationships between the physiological, clinical and treatment aspects for children with respiratory, airway and sleep disorders problems.

Prevention and earlier intervention are the most powerful therapies for sleep disorders!


At the end of this lecture participants will:

  • Identify end-stage problems that alert us to make every clinical effort to prevent or intercept these sleep-related co-morbitities in youth and infants
  • Recognize and communicate pediatric sleep disorders with medical, dental, and allied health professionals
  • Integrate allied therapies with knowledgeable colleagues
  • Describe the coordinated-care model between physicians, dentists, and allied colleagues-- the team approach with co-management strategies for effectively managing patients with sleep-disordered breathing problems
  • Describe the medical and dental assessment of compromised airway, sleep bruxism, and TMD
  • Identify limitations related to oral appliance therapy teach facial orthopedics and airway focused therapies
  • Describe the social issues associated with diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorder co-factors, including approaches for managing such patients in the airway focused medical/dental practices

Loma Linda University School of Dentistry Continuing Education programs are open to all oral health professionals.

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