SOURCE: The Pankey Institute

The Pankey Institute

March 15, 2011 02:51 ET

Announcing The Pankey Institute's Dental Sleep Medicine Course

KEY BISCAYNE, FL--(Marketwire - March 15, 2011) - The Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education is proud to announce its introductory course in Dental Sleep Medicine. With the availability of the Pankey condominiums for lodging, participants will have the opportunity to wear a home sleep monitor, as well as adjust and wear their own oral appliance while at the course. The first session will be held July 10-14, 2011.

The topics to be explored include:

  • An overview of normal human sleep, Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) and its systemic consequences

  • The medical model for diagnosis and treatment of SDB, including details of medical diagnostic (polysomnography) and treatment (CPAP) modalities

  • Dental screening for SDB, including questionnaires and dental, head and neck examination

  • A literature-based view of the design, effectiveness, and morbidities of oral appliance therapy

  • Home monitoring devices for initial screening and subsequent monitoring of mandibular advancement device (MAD) therapy

  • The relationship between SDB and GERD, Bruxism, and TMD -- pathophysiology and management

  • A no-nonsense view of surgical options and predictability

  • An introduction to pediatric sleep disorders and related comorbidities

  • The philosophy and realities of introducing dental sleep medicine into practice

According to Dr. James C. Kessler, Chairman of the Department of Education, "This course will open the eyes of dental professionals to an entirely new discipline. If you join us, you will long remember the experience as being the first step of a journey that will enrich the lives of your patients, as well as your own. If you think it's satisfying to help save someone's teeth, just wait until you've saved someone's life! It is estimated that over 20% of Americans suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Sleep-Disordered Breathing (SDB), and problems such as snoring and Upper Airway Obstructive Syndrome (UARS). This translates to an enormous segment of our patient population being subject to the comorbidities of OSA, ranging from hypertension to congestive heart failure to stroke to early death from heart attack. Untreated SDB can also contribute to TMD, bruxism, GERD, and the destruction of the stomatognathic system, directly affecting our ability to predictably treat our dental patients. I believe the dental profession is perfectly positioned to help diagnose the presently undiagnosed SDB sufferer and to treat the diagnosed patient who can't or won't wear their CPAP. We can make an enormous impact on the public health of America."

To learn more about this course, go to or call The Pankey Institute at 1-800-4PANKEY.

Founded in 1970, The Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education ( is a nonprofit educational organization in Key Biscayne, Florida, dedicated to helping dental professionals master advanced technical skills, improve behavioral skills, and nurture a positive philosophy towards life and practice. It was the first institute of its kind and remains among the most prestigious, attracting dentists from 44 nations. Over 21,000 dentists, dental laboratory technicians, and specialists have attended its courses and now serve millions of patients worldwide.

Contact Information

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