Dr. Michael Major
DMD, MSc Ortho
Malocclusion & Medical History: a Dentist’s Guide to Pediatric Airway & Sleep Medicine
Pediatic OSA is more common that cancer. It contributes to cause to hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, ADHD, and depression. Yet we’ve only just barely scratched the surface of understanding this complex and multi-dimensional disease. As a result there’s more uncertainty than clarity for practicing dentists – more fiction than fact; more sizzle than steak. Lots of strongly held opinions, but minimal evidence to offer useful clinical guidelines for successful case selection.
Therefore purpose of this introductory lecture is to offer essential instructions about sleep apnea and airway for general practice dentists. By understanding the association between malocclusion and medical history, attendees will learn how to implement a phenotype-based approach to guiding multi-disciplinary care.
Topics reviewed in this lecture include
BiographyDr Michael Major a graduate of Boston University School of Dental Medicine (DMD’09), and University of Alberta Graduate Orthodontics (MSc Ortho ’13). Dr Major serves as the director of the Inter-Disciplinary Airway Research Clinic (www.iarc.ualberta.ca) – a 10-year collaboration between Otolaryngology, Pulmonology, and Orthodontics. He holds an academic appointment at the University of Alberta, providing clinical instruction and mentorship in the graduate orthodontic residency program, as well as clinical lead for the undergraduate pediatric sleep apnea clinic. Dr Major practices at Verve Orthodontics in St. Albert and The Snore Centre in Edmonton.
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