2018 SEC Dental Sleep Medicine Conference Conference Agenda:

February 16-17th "The Growing Role of the Dentist in Sleep Disorders Medicine: Integrating the Dentist into the Medical Treatment Team"
The Sleep Education Consortium (SEC) presents a unique opportunity to learn about the dentists' role in sleep disorders medical field. This conference is a three-day event for dentists. Below is the agenda for both days of the conference. The first day is designed for dentists, whereas the second day is designed for both physicians and dentists. Then concluding in the afternoon of the second day is a focused approach for dentists to integrate sleep medicine into their practice from a practical standpoint.

The Houston, Sleep Education Consortium presents a unique opportunity to learn about the dentists' role in sleep disorders treatment (we don't just treat "a" disorder).

This conference focuses on teaching the D.D.S. an overview of sleep disorders, starting from the basics and moving to the more advanced aspects of how dentistry can play a vital role in the field of Sleep Medicine.
In an effort to provide the best educational experience the conference is specifically designed to address the educational needs of the D.D.S.

The One-On-One Special Training Workshop is structured to give the dental assistant the knowledge and understanding in order to recognize sleep disordered breathing (SDB) in their patients, to comprehend the treatment rationale and how it is applied to the clinical setting, and to give basic understanding of the dental assistants role in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disordered breathing.

By addressing the patients' questions regarding sleep issues, the dentist and support staff can be grounded in the broader aspect of sleep disorders on a basic level. Attending both days of the conference will allow the dentist and support staff to become familiar with a multitude of sleep problems, and they can be more responsive to questions patients may ask as the dentist screens for sleep disorders within their practice.

Course Syllabus and Conference Notes for the 2018 Sleep Medicine Conferences:


Friday February 16th

  • 8:00am - 9:00am: Sleep and breathing: The basics of understanding Obstructive Sleep Apnea and its relationship to dentistry. - Jerald H. Simmons, M.D.
  • 9:00am - 9:45am: Identifying OSA patients and proper candidates for oral appliance therapy: The dentists approach to the airway exam. - Rob Veis D.D.S.
  • 9:45am - 10:15am: Modern concepts in Temporal Mandibular Dysfunction: Why dentists must understand OSA to optimally treat TMD patients. - Ronald S. Prehn, D.D.S.
  • 9:45am - 10:30am: Insomnia; Causes and Cures. - Brandon Peters, M.D.
  • 10:15am - 10:30am: Break – Sponsored Exhibits
  • 10:30am - 11:15am: Overview of Appliance Therapy and understanding the different types available. Minimizing side effects with Morning Repositioners. - Rob Veis, D.D.S.
  • 11:15am - 11:30am: Taped video: The basic key points a dentist needs to recognize on an oral airway exam. - Ronald S. Prehn, D.D.S. and Jerald H. Simmons, M.D.
  • 11:30am - 12:15pm: Making a construction bite and Morning Repositioner. Managing complications from OAT appliances. - Ronald S. Prehn, D.D.S.
  • 12:15pm - 1:15pm: Lunch

  • Friday Afternoon breakout sessions: 1:15 to 4:15
  • 1) Construction bite and AM aligner and a boil and bite appliance. -Ronald S. Prehn, D.D.S.
  • 2) Appliance evaluation. –Rob Veis D.D.S.
  • 3) Physical exam. –Jerald H. Simmons, M.D. and Jeff Hindin, D.D.S.

  • 4:30pm – 5:00pm: New Frontiers in Dentistry: Physiologic and Central Nervous System Feedback Monitoring. - Jeff Hindin, D.D.S.
  • 5:45pm – 6:00pm: Putting it all together. - Jerald H. Simmons, M.D. and Entire Panel of Faculty

Saturday February 17th

  • 7:00am - 8:00am: Check-in, Sponsored Exhibits and Breakfast
  • 8:00am - 9:00am: Introduction, Overview: Sleep Disorders, Epidemiology and Economic impact and an Overview of Sleep Physiology. - Jerald H. Simmons, M.D.
  • 9:00am - 9:45am: Narcolepsy and other Central Hypersomnias - Gerard J. Meskill, M.D.
  • 9:45am - 10:30am: Insomnia. - Kelly Kincheloe N.P.
  • 10:30am - 11:00am: Break – Sponsored Exhibits
  • 11:00am - 11:45am: Things that go bump in the night. Parasomnias and their association with other conditions. - Gerard J. Meskill, M.D.
  • 11:45am - 12:15pm: Restless Legs Syndrome, a Common but under diagnosed disturbance of sleep. - Jerald H. Simmons, M.D.
  • 12:15pm - 1:15pm: Lunch
  • 1:15pm - 2:15pm: The full spectrum of Obstructive Breathing during Sleep, Cardiovascular Consequences, and the different types of medical sleep testing: from the lab to the home. - Jerald H. Simmons, M.D.
  • 2:15pm - 3:00pm: Dental Appliances in the treatment of OSA as both a mono therapy as combination therapy in the management of difficult cases. Improving compliance. - Ronald S. Prehn, D.D.S.
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm: Pediatric Sleep disturbances, ADHD, Sleep disorders as the unrecognized, treatable cause other conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Daily Headaches, Chronic Fatigue, Sleep Bruxism and more - Jerald H. Simmons, M.D.
  • 4:00pm - 4:15pm: Break — Sponsored Exhibits
  • 4:15pm - 4:45pm: Understanding the results of sleep testing. - Jerald H. Simmons, M.D. or Gerard J. Meskill, M.D.
  • 4:45pm - 6:00pm: Integrating Dentistry into Sleep Medicine and Ethical Issues with considerations and the responsibility of health care professionals who have patients in their practice with sleep disorders. An update from the American Dental Association. - Gerard J. Meskill, M.D., Jerald H. Simmons, M.D. and Ronald S. Prehn, D.D.S.

Sunday February 18th

  • 7:00am - 8:00am: Fusion Custom Full Face Mask - Presentation by Ronald S. Prehn, D.D.S. at Dr. Urban's office - details to follow.


Contact us for more information:

Sleep Education Consortium, Inc.
2201 W. Holcombe Blvd., #325, Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (281)-269-7881
email: sec@resttech.pro