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TMD and Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders: Identifying Them in Your Practice
June 25, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The majority of people with sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBDs) are undiagnosed. SRBDs can lead to hypertension, stroke and heart attack in adults, and behavioral problems in children. There is also a strong correlation between SRBDs and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). Untreated, patients with TMD will have ongoing symptoms, including headaches and chronic pain. The general dentist is the health professional best suited to recognize and initiate treatment of TMD and SRBDs for patients of any age. Treatment includes bite registration and appliance therapy.
Richard Goodfellow, BSc, DDS, DABCP, DABCDSM, DABDSM, DCAPM, graduated from the University of Toronto Dental School in 1978. In 2000, his focus shifted from general dentistry to temporomandibular joint dysfunction, sleep-related breathing disorders, and orthodontics. He holds diplomates from the American Board of Craniofacial Pain, the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, and the Canadian Academy of Pain Management. He is on the Board of Directors of the AACP and is the current Program Chair of the AACP International. He has a practice limited to temporomandibular joint dysfunction and sleep therapy in Toronto. The eternal optimist, Dr. Goodfellow still believes the Toronto Maple Leafs will win the Stanley Cup again in his lifetime.