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.
  • 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.
  • 5:00 pm – 5:45pm: Integrating dental sleep medicine into the dental practice and overcoming medical billing obstacles - Sal Rodas MBA
  • 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 Tx compliance. - Ronald S. Prehn, D.D.S.
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm: Sleep disorders as unrecognized, treatable cause other conditions such as, ADHD, 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.
  • 4:45pm - 5:30pm: Ethical Issues with sleep disorders patients with considerations and the responsibility of health care professionals who have patients in their practice with sleep disorders. - Gerard J. Meskill, M.D.
  • 5:30pm - 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., Kelly Kincheloe N.P. , Sal Rodas, MBA, Rob Veis, D.D.S and Jeff Hindin, D.D.S.

Sunday February 18th
Fusion Custom Full Face Mask hands on workshop course by Ronald Prehn, D.D.S.

(Held at Dr. Urban's office: Separate Registration Required)
Preliminary Agenda:
  • 7:00am - 8:00am: Breakfast provided with introductions and review of expectations
  • 8:00am - 9:45am: Lecture/Discussion – Combination Therapy (CT) and review of available devices, rationale and Device Procedure
  • 9:45am - 10:00am: Break
  • 10:00am - 11:00am: TAP-PAP CS - Participants will insert TAP-PAP CS on each other, connect to CPAP
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm: Insert FMB and connect together on each other
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00pm - 1:30pm: Demo of working with the dental assistant to make a full face impression
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm: Hands on – face impression for FCM. Participants will make Full Face impressions on each other
  • 3:00pm - 3:15pm: Break
  • 3:15pm - 4:00pm: Lecture/Discussion – FCM complications, tips, tricks and modifications
  • 4:00pm - 4:30pm: Lecture/Discussion – Working with physicians to implement combination therapy and the FCM.
  • 4:30pm - 6:00pm: Discussion – Review of forms, Fees/reimbursement, Marketing Basics; Review of Comb Therapy decision matrix and call to action!


Contact us for more information:

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