The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) will hold the 2019 Winter Conference, titled “Sleep Apnea and Orthodontics: Consensus and Guidance,” January 25 to 27, 2019, in Marco Island, Fla.
The conference will provide practitioners with information about diagnosis and management of sleep-disordered breathing issues, especially pediatric and adult obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), pediatric airway development, and OSA relative to orthodontic practice. While experts representing multiple disciplines will provide in-depth presentations on aspects of the conference setting, the intimate conference format makes possible detailed discussion with the lecturers.
Among the 20 dental and medical specialists presenting at the AAO Winter Conference will be Timothy F. Hoban, BS, MD, on “OSA in Children: More Than Just Large Tonsils”; Carlos Flores-Mir, DDS, DSc, FRCD(C), on “Relevant Useful Tools for Screening for Sleep Disordered Breathing”; and Benjamin Pliska, DDS, MS, FRCD(C), on “Obstructive Sleep Apnea: The Orthodontic Perspective/Q&A Discussion.”
Hoban, Flores-Mir, and Pliska comprise the Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea series of the conference. This portion of the program will address the pathophysiology and clinical manifestations of obstructive sleep apnea in children, including how they differ from the adult population. Recognition of symptoms of sleep apnea in children and how they differ from those exhibited by adults will also be addressed, along with evaluation of benefits and limitations of the major treatment options for childhood OSA. In addition, established, alternative, and promising methods of treatment will be discussed, according to the AAO.
The full conference schedule and lecture topics can be found at annual-session.aaoinfo.org/sessions/.