The CE event coincides with the release of a new brochure, titled “Children’s Airways,” that aims to start the conversation with parents about their children’s breathing during sleep. 

The American Dental Association (ADA) plans to highlight the importance of children’s airway health in December with a dedicated virtual event and new brochure from the ADA Catalog.

The virtual event, titled “Treating Airway as Early in Life as Possible,” will focus on how proper breathing is a critical foundation of health and on therapies available to improve the airway. A total of 7.5 hours of continuing education credit will be available for this event, which is scheduled for December 10 to 11. The December 10 session will be held from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm CT, and the December 11 session from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm CT. 

Steve Carstensen, DDS, a consultant to the ADA for sleep-related breathing disorders as well as co-author of “A Clincian’s Handbook for Dental Sleep Medicine,” will moderate the event. 

The event will include experts on coaching for health in children, as well as orthodontic and otolaryngology specialists sharing what they add to the treatment team.

“The third ADA Children’s Airway CE event is available worldwide,” Carstensen said. “It brings together experts focused on helping everyday dental teams recognize when children need help and providing practical ideas for early-in-life therapy and a lifetime of better health. This virtual conference includes a live Q&A with the experts, exercises to improve the experience and provide learning opportunities later, and a focus on teaching that can be implemented by every dentist right away.”

The new ADA brochure, “Children’s Airways,” was produced in collaboration with Carstensen and Glennine Varga, a team-focused dental sleep medicine coach. The brochure is intended to help dental professionals simplify information on sleep disorders for parents. The brochure is intended to help start a conversation with parents about why they should pay attention to their children’s breathing during sleep and highlight some behavioral signs that may point to possible sleep disorder. Possible treatment options are addressed.