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Continuing Dental Education

27th Annual Roy B. Harrell Symposium in conjunction with 2014 Best of Dentistry Weekend: Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep-Disordered Breathing with Dr. Greg Essick and Forensic Odontology and Science: An Introduction with Dr. Allen Samuelson

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Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 8:40am - 1:00pm
Credit: 4 hours
Location: UNC SOD
Cost: $175.00 Dentist
$115.00 Team Member
Sponsor: Continuing Dental Education


Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep-Disordered Breathing - Dr. Greg Essick

Dental Sleep Medicine is an area of practice that focuses on the management of sleep-related breathing disorders including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea through the use of oral appliance therapy and upper airway surgery. Dentists have pioneered the use of oral appliance therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea and sleep related breathing disorders. An oral appliance is a device worn in the mouth only during sleep. The device fits like a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer and prevents the airway from collapsing by either holding the tongue or supporting the jaw in a forward position. With an oral appliance, dentists can minimize or eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea in mild to moderate cases. (American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine)

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
1. Describe obstructive Sleep Disordered Breathing; its diagnosis, physiological effects on the body, and medical sequelae

2. Describe Dental Sleep Medicine and the practice parameters established by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) for oral appliance therapy

3. Describe the general sequence of steps in oral appliance therapy, from physician-referral for dental evaluation and treatment to the dentist referral for physician assessment of the therapys efficacy

Forensic Odontology and Science: An Introduction - Dr. Allen Samuelson Forensic odontology is the proper handling, examination and evaluation of dental evidence. Forensic dentists are involved in assisting investigative agencies to identify bite marks or recovered human remains from natural disasters to terrorist attacks, airplane crashes, earthquakes, fires and other catastrophic events. Forensic dentists may also be asked to assist in determining age, race, occupation, previous dental history and socioeconomic status of unidentified and missing human beings. Identification is done by the comparison of ante mortem and post mortem dental records and using dental radiographs.

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
1. Identify and discuss the basic principles of forensic science, medicine and odontology

2. Recognize the basic principles of handling forensic odontology cases

3. Describe and evaluate the importance of ante and post mortem data

Agenda - Saturday, April 26, 2014
8:15-8:40 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:40-8:45 Welcome
8:45-10:45 Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep-Disordered Breathing - Dr. Greg Essick
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-1:00 Forensic Odontology and Science: An Introduction - Dr. Allen Samuelson

Dental education institutions have an obligation to disseminate new knowledge related to dental practice. In so doing, some presentations may include controversial materials or commercial references. Sponsorship of a continuing education course by the University of North Carolina does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, procedure, or product by this institution.

This continuing education program is presented by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry and the Continuing Dental Education program. The UNC Continuing Dental Education program is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. UNC CDEs term of recognition is May 2012 through June 2015. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at

Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ADA CERP Standard V., everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the activity.
As a continuing education provider, UNC School of Dentistry is responsible for ensuring the content, quality and scientific integrity of all continuing dental education activities for which credit is provided. The School is also responsible for taking steps to protect against and/or disclose any conflict of interest of the faculty/instructors presenting those courses.

Registration and Fees
The registration fee includes course materials, CE credit and all meals listed in the agenda. All registrations must be received by Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

Cancellations and Refunds
Since considerable advance planning is necessary for this continuing education program, a registration refund, less a $50 fee, will be issued for cancellations received by Wednesday, April 16, 2014. No refunds will be issued after Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

UNC CDE recommends that you do not make air travel arrangements prior to receiving a receipt of payment or confirmation. UNC CDE is not responsible for any travel-related costs. The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of cancellation or postponement, the University will fully refund registration fees but is not responsible for any related costs or expenses to participants, including cancellation fees assessed by hotels, airlines, rental car or travel agencies.

ADA Statement
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veterans status, or sexual orientation. If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability in order to participate fully in this continuing education activity, please call 919-537-3400 no later than Friday, April 11, 2014 or attach a note to your registration form.

Dr. Greg Essick is Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, UNC School of Dentistry. He completed his D.D.S and his Ph.D. training in neurophysiology at the University and post-doctoral work at the Salk Institute, La Jolla, California. Dr. Essick teaches in both basic science and preclinical prosthodontics courses, and supervises students in the clinic. His practice is limited to the treatment of sleep-disordered breathing (dental sleep medicine), which he is implementing into the curriculum at the UNC School of Dentistry. Dr. Essicks NIH-supported research is conducted in the Universitys Regional Center for Neurosensory Disorders and includes studies of chronic orofacial pain and trigeminal nerve injury. His most recent research pertains to the association between untreated obstructive sleep apnea and oral disease, in particular, temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and peridontitis. His work has been published in over 100 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Essick is an active member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and serves as chair of the Research Committee and Ethics Committee, and as the Academys liaison with the international Oral Appliance Research Network On Global Effectiveness (ORANGE). He also served on the AADSM working group to establish a contemporary, evidence-based definition of an effective oral appliance. Recently, Dr. Essick co-directed an international educators conference held in Chapel Hill to discuss what dental students and clinical residents should be taught about sleep medicine and the treatment of patients with sleep-disordered breathing. He is the AADSM 2013 recipient of the Clinical Excellence Award.

Dr. Allen Samuelson is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Dental Ecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. He is director of the Special Care / Geriatric Clinic and also attends at UNC Hospitals. He earned his bachelor's from North Carolina State University in 1986 and his D.D.S. from the UNC School of Dentistry in 1992. He then completed a two-year general practice residency at UNC Hospitals in 1994 and a one-year internship in oral and maxillofacial surgery in 1995. He received his full-time appointment at the UNC School of Dentistry in October 1996. At the school, Dr. Samuelson directs all didactic and clinical geriatric dental courses at the school. He also teaches in both the GPR and AEGD programs and performs about 50 operating room cases per year at UNC Hospitals. Dr. Samuelson is a fellow Academy of General Dentistry and the American Academy of Hospital Dentistry, and holds memberships in the North Carolina Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry and the ADA. He is a diplomate in Special Care Dentistry.

2014 Best of Dentistry Weekend
The UNC School of Dentistry's Third Annual Best of Dentistry Weekend, taking place on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26! This celebratory weekend affords alumni and friends of the school the opportunity to join together and honor our school and the year's accomplishments and success.
For more information on this exciting weekend, please Click Here or contact Tiffany Brannan, Director of Communications, at 919.537.3260 or

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