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What is Airway Orthodontics? An Overview with Q&A
Kevin Adair, DDS + Brian Hockel, DDS

March 13, 2023 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT

Can orthodontics have an impact on the airway? If so, can it be for both good or harm? Kevin Adair and Brian Hockel share their experiences and introduce theory and preferred practices for airway orthodontics, an ever-improving discipline that aims to preserve or improve the airway structure by means of orthodontics.

Learning Objectives:
1. To understand the various ways orthodontics can be practiced to preserve or increase the structural aspects of the airway
2. To understand the significance of retractive orthodontics and why it should be avoided at all costs
3. To understand the importance of sleep assessments in the orthodontic practice

Dr. Kevin Adair is a graduate of UC Davis and UC San Francisco School of Dentistry. While practicing general dentistry he discovered his true passion for non-traditional orthodontics and sold his general dental practice to go back to school for a masters in the specialty of orthodontics at UOP. Dr. Adair owns 2 private orthodontic practices in Fairfield, CA and Rocklin, CA. He is an international speaker and co-founded a study club, Team Airway Study Club with Dr. Brian Hockel.  He also serves on orthodontic organizational boards. Dr. Adair has multiple research publications from his time at UC Davis, UCSF, UOP as well as private practice. Dr. Adair follows an airway-friendly philosophy. His approach evaluates the airway and facial balance of each person and has been providing this unique treatment since 2000.

Dr. Brian Hockel, a graduate of UCSF School of Dentistry, focuses his orthodontic treatments on those which are therapeutic toward and/or protective of the airway. A GP since 1989, he practiced functional (retractive) orthodontics and various types of expansion for several years. Dr. Hockel now limits his practice to airway-friendly orthodontics but goes beyond common expansion approaches to non-retractive orthodontics, forward mechanics and treatments, growth guidance, collaboration with supporting disciplines, and therapies to actively help patients with breathing-related sleep disorders. He has taught the Airway Orthodontics Mini-Residency, as well as Sessions I, II, and V, on orthodontic diagnostics and records, Crozat orthopedics, and fixed appliances for the Academy of Airway and Gnathologic Orthopedics (www.aago.com). He is a board member of the AAGO, he sits on the AAGO Orthotropics Committee, and he teaches hands-on orthodontics for the E.C.H.O. mentorship by William Hang, DDS, on Early Childhood Health-Centered Orthodontics.  Dr. Hockel practices and lives in Walnut Creek, California, with his wife Beth and varying numbers of their eleven children.

1 CE credit available to AAPMD members



March 13, 2023
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
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AAPMD – Webinar