We have always said that there is no I in TEAM….but after a long search, we found it in the A hole.
A for “Airway Holes”: How providers can influence nasal and oropharyngeal volume
I for “Integration”: How interdisciplinary TEAM treatment creates unparalleled opportunities for health and wellness
Many of us have taken multiple versions of courses focused on improving airway health….especially and including those of us who treat patients young and old everyday with guided facial growth, pain and sleep related concerns. Many of us thought that we had a good grasp on airway function after countless courses and lectures on growing airways and supporting the airways.
Dr. Darick Nordstrom began his journey in dental sleep medicine before anyone else was even aware of the dental influence on airway function. During this journey, his comprehensive understanding of "airway dentistry" has rapidly evolved into a much deeper understanding of what actually controls and influences airway function. (Here’s a hint: It’s not always the size that matters)
For a look “Beyond the Airway” with tools not shared at most airway focused courses, please register quickly. This course will reflect the most recent and relevant research and technologies while honoring the tried and true principles of human function and physiology.
Welcome to the past, present and future of airway dentistry.
Introduction to Course Concepts
Somewhere along the journey of understanding how dentists can affect the airway, practitioners have somehow lost focus on the ultimate truth that neurology affects structure in a way that determines functional ability. Airway size does not directly correlate with improved function for the lifetime of the patient. The many attempts that fell short of success of modern medicine to find the perfect solution for sleep disordered breathing have often ignored the neurologic signalling that constitutes the operating system of the body,
The signalling for airway function must exist before the structural measurements are deemed to be considered the standards for clinical success.
Dr. Nordstrom and faculty will strive to help course participants understand there deeper truths of neurologic and airway function.
This course promises to provide a deeper understanding of the reflexive and autonomic physiologic systems that influence human function, especially during sleep. As dentists. we directly this environment through changes in structure and function.
Welcome to the future of airway dentistry
As Dr. Nordstrom brings forward his over 35 years of researching sleep physiology and applied neurology, he will provide his guests with the most recent, cutting edge and relevant information to assist in understanding and applying the opportunities in looking beyond the structural assessments of mainstream airway dentistry and into the functional dimension of improving quality of life and solving seemingly unrelated health and behavioral problems.
Dr. Angie Tenholder will contribute her knowledge and experience as a Diplomate in the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine. Her Board certification and experience using ALF Therapy, dental sleep appliances, cranial osteopathy, primitive reflex assessments, sleep biometrics, clinical assessments as well as various helpful technologies to assist patient care will be helpful in assisting Dr. Nordstrom in supporting our course participants.
Course attendees are not limited to dentists and osteopathic physicians. It is also open to physical therapists, chiropractors, MD's and other health professionals interested in expanding their knowledge of sleep medicine
As always, Jamie will be available to also assist you with any questions or concerns Monday - Friday from 8 am-2 pm CST and can be reached at (618) 281-9729 and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course Instructors: Darick Nordstrom, DDS.
Angie Tenholder DMD, FAACP, DABCDSM
Course objective - Hit-the-Road-Running Competency through an organic comprehensive learning experience
The critical role of sleep in human development, behavior, health and resilience
Sleep as the most objective window into understanding our patients
History and early explorations into sleep
Airway-oriented Sleep Therapies (pre)1985 to 2019; sorting out the ‘mythtakes’, the truths, the gaps, and the rapidly growing need for a more-comprehensive and FUNctional approach
From the Beginning: Embryo to Adult and the interwoven continuum of life: Developmental milestones Primitive Protective Reflexes, Swallowing, Breathing reflexes; Firing on all 8 senses; Nature’s plan for Resilience in all seasons
The biochemistry of sleep; nature vs. environmental influences
Traumas, traumatic brain injuries, adverse childhood events, neuroplasticity, coping vs. healing; Other common disruptors (toxic exposures, laxity, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, dystonia, etc) and compensations
Recognizing Healthy vs. Compromised Sleep, and its effect on your patients
Sleep as a safe entry point into health/disease conversation
Diagnostics and Biometrics:
Medical level, wellness, and lifestyle testing: what is really meaningful, how to chose for each patient
Medical, dental, lifestyle interventions:
Sleep Hygiene, Nutritional (insufficiencies/imbalances) and home-based changes
Benefits, limitations, complications
Choosing interventions as a team from the perspective of the whole person; (the as-if test), gaining patient commitment, the question of practicality for both practitioner and patient
Promising therapies and influential factors
Case studies from our practices including OraLase Technique, NightLase, NuCalm, Purrfect Sleep, Havening
The influence of Adverse Childhood Events and Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) implications
Putting it to work, starting where you are now
Forming treatment TEAMs (both local and web) and the magic of collaboration