Multi-disciplinary Assessment and Management of Upper Airway Symptoms in Children: Dentistry's Emerging Role

Saturday, March 29, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Room 1-490 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 87 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta

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Course Description 

The assessment and management of upper airway problems in children is often multi-factorial, and the role of dentistry continues to evolve. Upper airway problems are common in children and may be associated with craniofacial/dental abnormali-ties and sleep disordered breathing (SDB). SDB in children can involve a spectrum of gas exchange abnormalities, and/or sleep architectural changes during sleep, with breathing during sleep. SDB may be associated with serious co-morbidities and sequelae including cardiovascular, neurocognitive and behaviour issues.

Dentists/orthodontists are well positioned to recognize children at risk of having SDB and are called upon to manage the cra-niofacial and dental concerns in the context of a medical team. This course will provide the participants with an understanding of the assessment and management of these patients, including sequencing of dental treatments with medical treatments.

The University of Alberta, School of Dentistry has established an interdisciplinary-airway research collaboration (I-ARC) which combines the expertise of orthodontists, pediatric otolaryngologist, pediatric pulmonologist/sleep physician and oral maxil-lofacial radiologist in assessment and management of patients with upper airway problems. This team will present an interactive and practical approach focused toward the role of the dental practitioner.

Course participants will achieve the following:

  • Be able to identify the "profile" of children at risk;
  • Understand how to use available screening tools;
  • Learn how to refer a patient and to whom;
  • Understand the types of treatment the physician may provide;
  • How to provide appropriate dental care, and support the physicians management of patients with upper airway symptoms.