Adult Airway and Sleep Disorders

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Presented by: Trisha O'Hehir, RDH, MS

CE Available: 1

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Mouth breathing doesn’t look good, but more importantly it leads to serious oral and general health problems. The physiology of breathing explains why less oxygen is absorbed with mouth breathing compared to nose breathing. Mouth breathing, also called sleep disordered breathing, is implicated in sleep apnea, attention deficit disorder and daytime fatigue. Ankyloglossia, infant feeding, pacifier use, thumb sucking and tongue rest position may all influence mouth breathing. Three essential actions taken by dental professionals will help switch mouth breathers back to nasal breathing.

Course Objectives:
1. Understand oxygen absorption differences between nasal and mouth breathing
2. Describe the systemic implications of mouth breathing
3. Explain how mouth breathing influences facial development in children
4. Describe the benefits of xylitol for enhanced nasal breathing


Trisha-OHehirBesides clinical dental hygiene practice and several university faculty positions over four decades as an RDH, Trisha is an international speaker, author, instrument designer, inventor.

Trisha attended the University of Minnesota where she received degrees in Dental Hygiene and Higher Education. Four decades as a dental hygienist have included private practice in the United States and Zurich, Switzerland as well as faculty positions at the Universities of Minnesota, Washington, Arizona and Louisville.

She pioneered the position of Periodontal Therapist in Arizona and worked for several years teaching local anesthesia and providing local anesthesia in an oral surgery practice. In addition to extensive clinical practice experience, she is an instrument designer, international lecturer, and is also on the Board of Directors of AD World Health, a foundation dedicated to bringing healthcare to the underserved. Previously, Trisha was the Editorial Director of and President of the Perio Reports Press.

Trisha authored more 26 years of Perio Reports research summaries, hundreds of articles bridging the gap between science and practice, the textbook Compendium of Current Research, the cartoon book The Toothpaste Secret and contributed to the text book Comprehensive Dental Hygiene Care, by Irene Woodall. Her articles have appeared in Hygienetown Magazine, RDH, JDH, JPH, Access, JDR and JADA.

Her awards include the 1991 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota, School of Dental Hygiene and the Warner-Lambert/ADHA Excellence in Dental Hygiene Award in 1992. Trisha currently lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona where she is the Past-President of the Arizona State Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Presented by: Joseph Ojile, MD

CE Available: 1

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Learning Objectives

  1. The importance of sleep to other organ system function
  2. The interrelationships between health and sleep
  3. The interrelationship between sleep and dental sleep medicine and health


Dr. Joseph Ojile is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Clayton Sleep Institute (CSI), a sleep medicine clinical and research organization that includes branded and non- branded sleep clinics, an insomnia center and a research center. He is President of the Clayton Sleep Research Foundation, which produces the annual national conference, Updates in Sleep Medicine.

He serves as Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine for Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Sleep Foundation and serves as chair of the NSF subcommittee on continuing medical education. For the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), Ojile serves on the Practice Development Committee and in the Technology Evaluation Group.

Ojile has managed clinical research studies that focus on sleep disorders, diabetes and pulmonary disease and regularly lectures at both national and international conferences on issues related to sleep disorders and pulmonary disease. He has been published in multiple scholarly journals on a variety of sleep medicine topics.

Ojile is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, a member of the American Thoracic Society and a member of the American Society of Internal Medicine. Ojile is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Pulmonary Diseases and the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

Ojile earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Presented by: Kriston Reisnour RDH, BSDH, CCSH, CSOM and Ellie Campbell, DO

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Course Description

Hygienists are in the trenches on the battlefield fighting against chronic inflammation daily and if not defeated, over time will lead to deteriorating health, poor quality of life, and even death of our patients.

Your body’s primary function is to survive by taking the next breath and will compensate in any way possible to do just that. Everything else is secondary. Find out how these compensations can lead to chronic inflammation throughout a lifetime and your vital role in extinguishing it.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the critical role hygienists play in identifying and assessing underlying inflammation as it relates to airway- breathing, sleep issues, and the orofacial component in patient care.
  2. Recognize anatomy and conditions in the oral cavity causing issues with function, growth, and lead to the breakdown of multiple body systems over time.
  3. Discuss how to recommend individualized treatment to achieve optimal health and wellbeing of the patients.

Speaker Bio

AAOSH Webinar Speaker - KristonKriston Reisnour RDH, BSDH, CCSH, CSOM passionately coaches and lectures to dental teams on their role in today’s integrated dental/medical healthcare system.

She comes highly recommended having been the Dental Program Director for the Bale/Doneen Method and her extensive experience and knowledge of the comprehensive approach to optimal care. She is a credentialed clinical sleep health educator, certified in orofacial myology, and an airway ambassador. MS. Reisnour is an accomplished speaker, writer, owner of “Intentional Hygiene”, “Orofacial Myology of PNW” and dental hygienist with over 30 years of experience.

Her ability to combine scientific depth and empathy is unique. As a proficient author, she is regularly featured in peer-reviewed publications. She is a member of ADHA, WSDHA, AAOSH, and can be reached at

RDH, BSDH, CCSH, CSOM (Registered RDH, Bachelors in Dental Hygiene, Credentialed clinical sleep health educator, and certified specialist in orofacial myology) and an Airway Ambassador, owner of “Intentional Hygiene ‘and “Orofacial Myology of PNW”.

Ellie Campbell, DODr. Campbell is a native Chicagoan with a BS/MS from the University of Illinois, a DO degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a Family Medicine residency at the Medical College of Georgia. She is board-certified by the American Academy of Family Medicine, by The American Board of Integrative Medicine, and in Integrative and Holistic Medicine.

Dr. Campbell owns a solo, concierge-style integrative and holistic family practice in Cumming GA. She sees patients for primary care, prevention and wellness exams.

Dr. Campbell has specialty interests in interdisciplinary collaboration, root cause resolution of chronic health conditions, innovative medical practice design, functional medicine, the oral–systemic connection, herbal remedies, prevention of stroke and heart attacks, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy and Vitamin D. She lectures at medical education conferences and mentors students.

Dr. Campbell hosts a monthly networking meeting of Integrative Care Practitioners.  She is a medical advisor to many boards including the International College of Integrative Medicine, The American Academy of Oral Systemic Health,  Research Projects International, and the social wellness network, She teaches doctors how to reverse engineer the practice of their dreams by practicing functional medicine from within a concierge membership model via

In her spare time, Dr Campbell enjoys live theater, gardening and medicinal herbs, hiking, travel, cooking and playtime with her husband and three college age daughters.


Webinar Date:Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Presented by Jeffrey Hindin, DDS

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Course Description

Monitoring physiologic function during treatment of orofacial pain, sleep disorders and dental treatment shows effect on autonomic nervous system function and allows for objective analysis of treatment. In this webinar, Dr. Jeffrey Hindin will discuss heart rate variability and how it affects patient care and treatment outcomes.

Learning Objectives

In this webinar, we will

  • Differentiate heart rate from heart rate variability
  • Differentiate poor heart rate variability and its spectral analyses via Fast Fourier Transformation (FFT) from high heart rate variability
  • Describe the relationship between HRV and inflammation

Speaker Bio

Jeffrey Hindin, DDSA graduate of SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and the Buffalo VAMC residency program, Dr. Hindin practices general dentistry with an emphasis on the treatment of craniofacial pain, TMD and sleep disorders. Dr. Hindin has developed a system of evaluating physiology in the medical or dental office.  He is conducting clinical research into the relationship between performance, splint therapy, physiological function and heart rate variability and is the lead dentist in the Proof of Concept Study of an Oral Orthotic to Reduce Tic severity in Chronic Tic Disorder and Tourette Syndrome at Weill Cornell Medical Center.   He is a founding board member of the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry and the Foundation of Airway Health.

Jeffrey Hindin, DDS has developed a system of instrumentation to monitor HRV and ANS balance and add a new level of understanding and care for patients with airway disorders.  The HindexRV® system produces objective data on the physiological effects of altered jaw position, tooth positioning and other dental procedures.  Dr. Hindin has lectured internationally on this subject and is also an instructor and expert in software development for the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe.  He incorporates biofeedback modalities into patient care

Dr. Hindin is active in many professional societies including Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology and memberships in the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Academy of Pain Management, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and Academy of Laser Dentistry.

In his spare time, he coaches a championship baseball team.

Webinar Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Presented by Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, BSDH

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Course Description

The epigenetic changes that have occurred to the face have changed the airway fast, by evolutionary standards, but slow enough to make us think that what appears as common is really normal. It’s becoming obvious that we are proving the Pottenger Hypothesis, that our food is making us not only sick, but changing our structures. His famous cat study called out the poor diet’s affect on the shape and density of the zygoma. But it’s worse than that. The whole face is shrinking.

What can a fully integrated oral systemic practice do? More than you think.  Dentists are in the hot seat and dental hygienists have the fire extinguisher. Being aware of what to look for and addressing issues as young as 2 years old is the first step in improving the health of citizens. Prevention doesn’t cost, it pays.

Learning Objectives

The attendees of the webinar will be able to

  • Assess a health history for common epigenetic changes
  • Communicate the changes to the patient
  • Communicate the changes to an interdisciplinary team
  • List ways to apply primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention


Speaker Bio

Shirley GutkowskiShirley Gutkowski is the owner of Primal Air Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and Breathing Retraining in Sun Prairie, WI. She has trained with leaders in the field and has interviewed giants in the field of airway dentistry and Darwinian Dentistry for her podcast  Shirley’s practice includes virtual appointments and wholistic approach to improving health.

Shirley will be presenting a workshop at our 7th Annual AAOSH Scientific Session. You won't want to miss it!

Webinar Date: Thursday, December 22, 2016

Presented by DeWitt Wilkerson, DMD

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Course Description

Dr. DeWitt Wilkerson has practiced Restorative/Occlusion/TMJ focused Dentistry for 34 years in private practice with Dr. Peter Dawson while also teaching thousands of dental professionals at the prestigious Dawson Academy. He states that he has learned many things in the past 6 years, since joining AAOSH, that have greatly influenced his diagnostic and treatment planning model. In this webinar he will discuss how understanding the role of disordered breathing impacts the practice of dentistry at its highest level. You will not want to miss this very informative session with our AAOSH President and leading authority in our profession.

Learning Objective

Attendees will:

  • Gain insights into the relationship between disordered dental occlusions and disordered breathing.
  • Recognize several signs & symptoms of disordered breathing affecting dental occlusion, bruxism, and TMD symptoms.


Speaker Bio

DeWitt Wilkerson, DDS, board member of AAOSHDr. Wilkerson is the current president of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and the past President of the American Equilibration Society (2010-2011). He serves as the Chairman of the Dawson Foundation. He is an active member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, American Dental Association, and the Christian Medical/Dental Association. He is an Adjunct Professor, at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry. He has formerly served as an Associate Faculty member and Special Lecturer at the L.D. Pankey Institute. Dr. Wilkerson lectures extensively at national, regional, and study group meetings across the United States and abroad.


Webinar Date:  November 16, 2016


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Course Description

This program will discuss why the need for a comprehensive evaluation of symptoms is necessary for successful treatment.  The interdisciplinary treatment approach allows for success in therapies by appropriate healthcare providers and at what point in therapy a referral is indicated.  An overview of how structural and postural changes of the head, neck and TMJoints can be directly related to breathing.


Learning Objectives

  • How dysfunctional breathing problems produce mechanical orthopedic conditions
  • How functional nasal breathing problems will affect treatment outcome
  • How to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that is inclusive of orthopedic dysfunction of the TMJ and Sleep Breathing Disorders


Speaker Bio

Dr. Steven Olmos Dr. Steven Olmos has been in private practice for more than 30 years, with the last 20 years devoted to research and treatment of craniofacial pain, temporomandibular disorder (TMD), and sleep-disordered breathing. He obtained his DDS from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and and is Board Certified in both chronic pain and Sleep Related Breathing Disorders by the American Board of Crainofacial pain, The American Academy of Pain Management, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, and American Board of Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Olmos is the founder of TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centres International, with 42 licensed locations in six countries dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of craniofacial pain and sleep disorders. Dr. Olmos is an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry, where his system of diagnosis and treatment is utilized at the school’s Sleep Breathing & Craniofacial Pain Centre and is the current president of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain.


Webinar Date: April 15, 2015

Presented by Trisha O'Hehir, RDH, MS

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Course Description:

Mouth breathing doesn't look good, but more importantly it results in less oxygen being absorbed and reaching the brain and muscles. When the tongue drops from the palate lateral forces lead to long face syndrome, narrow high vaulted palate and malocclusion. Nasal breathing provides many benefits, including greater oxygen absorption, regenerative sleep, better brain development in kids, adequate saliva, fresh breath, optimal palatal development, increase stamina and endurance and lowered plus rather and stress reduction. Three essential actions taken by dental professionals will help switch mouth breathers back to nasal breathing.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand oxygen absorption differences between nasal and mouth breathing
  2. Describe how mouth breathing leads to long face syndrome in children
  3. List the benefits of nasal breathing
  4. Understand tongue function and the impact of ankyloglossia
  5. Implement three steps to switch mouth breathers back to nose breathing


Speaker Bio:

Trisha received her education at the University of Minnesota and her four-decade career has included roles as clinician in the USA and Zurich, Switzerland, faculty positions at the Universities of Minnesota, Washington, Arizona and Louisville, international speaker, writer, instrument designer and entrepreneur. Trisha has also studied myofunctional therapy and Buteyko Breathing. In 2013, she and two colleagues founded O’Hehir University, an international, online bachelor’s degree completion program for licensed dental hygienists. Trisha is also a content developer for Spear Education. Trisha lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is a Past-President of the Arizona State Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Webinar Date: February 18, 2015

Presented by Dr. Mayoor Patel, DDS, MS & Rose Nierman

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This webinar is designed to give a brief overview of the dangers of sleep apnea, and how to incorporate the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea into a general practice. In addition, Rose Nierman will cover an overview of how to bill the treatment to the patient's medical insurance, making care easily accessible for them.


Learning objectives:

  • Understand how obstructive sleep apnea effects the body
  • The Co-morbidities of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
  • Screening for OSA
  • Incorporating dental sleep medicine into a general practice
  • Why dentists should be billing medical insurance


Speaker Bios:

Dr. Mayoor Patel, DDS, MS  limits his practice to treating sleep apnea, TMD, and craniofacial pain. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, as well as the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. Dr. Patel regularly lectures across the country on implementing sleep apnea, TMD, and pain treatment.

Rose Nierman has been at the forefront of educating dental practices on medical billing in dentistry, crosscoding and services expansion for over 25 years. A pioneer in the industry of TMJ treatment and dental sleep medicine, she wrote the first manual on cross-coding for TMD and implants, and developed DentalWriter™ and CrossCode™ Software to assist dentists with documentation and billing medical insurance. Ms. Nierman is a frequent presenter at major dental CE programs, teaching dentists and their teams how to implement and expand medically necessary services.


  • Airway Management and Sleep Disordered Breathing
  • Sleep Disordered Breathing and OSA

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