The webinar, led by Jerald H. Simmons, MD, will cover the role of telemedicine and the importance of proper airway treatment, particularly during the pandemic. 

SML Space Maintainers Laboratories is offering a free webinar for CE credit entitled “Managing Sleep Disorders During and Post COVID-19.” The 90-minute webinar will take place May 13, at 7 pm ET.  The webinar seeks to expand attendees’ understanding of dental sleep medicine. 

As obstructive breathing during sleep hinges on the oral cavity in most patients, dental professionals are situated to help address this problem. This webinar will provide attendees with the latest guidance and patient workflows to screen and manage patients with sleep disorders. It will cover protocols for offices that remain closed and for those that have begun to open. 

Attendees will learn the role of telemedicine in linking them and their patient with a medical specialist who can assist their practice. In addition, attendees will learn how to screen patients for sleep apnea, initiate an evaluation, and be prepared to implement temporary and long-term appliance therapy, as appropriate. The webinar will provide an explanation of the full spectrum of sleep-related breathing disorders, from severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) to upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), and how sleep-bruxism relates to airway dynamics. The role of CPAP and other treatment approaches, and the importance of proper airway treatment, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, will also be covered. 

The webinar will be led by Jerald H. Simmons, MD, the founding director of The Sleep Education Consortium (SEC) and Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Associates PA (CSMA). He is triple board-certified in neurology, epilepsy, and sleep medicine. Simmons created SEC as an outreach to educate the healthcare community and has worked with dental professionals for 30 years. He currently leads a task force that is working to establish simple and quick screening techniques to identify sleep-related breathing disturbances in children for implementation by dental professionals nationwide. 

One AGD PACE continuing education credit will be issued to participants by the Sleep Education Consortium, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to educating the healthcare community on the dangers, treatment, and practice protocols related to patients with sleep disorders. 

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