What’s Sleep Got to Do with It: Understanding Oral and Systemic Health as An Integrative Dental Professional

Machell Hudson, RDH


Time: 8:00 am - 11:30 am Code: F13 Cost: $30/$45 after Sept. 28 Date: Friday

CE Credits: 3 hour lecture  |  Subject: Oral Diseases/Systemic Health |  Recommended for: All attendees

The growing responsibility of the dental professional is both exciting and, at times, overwhelming. Are you struggling with the new 2018 periodontal AAP guidelines, new and changing caries disease management recommendations, and now the expectations of adding airway screening and potentially even take on a greater responsibility and treat airway disorders? If you feel excited yet unsure how you will ever be able to understand this new oral and systemic role the dental professional is leading, this is the course for you. We will dive into this new paradigm shift that has taken on partial responsibility for preventing and treating oral diseases and sleep dysfunction, learn how oral diseases are connected to sleep health, and tie this new information into whole body health quality. Periodontal and caries diseases are both exacerbated by sleep dysfunction. Within the past decade, we have learned how oral diseases and airway dysfunction are responsible for driving the inflammatory process throughout the entire body and causal in many systemic diseases. For example, up to 50% of heart attacks and strokes, and even covid taught us an even greater lesson about how oral health and sleep are critical for immune health. We will put the puzzle pieces together and walk through the major causes of preventable disease and how airway, perio and caries are diseases that are truthfully medical conditions with dental solutions. So, get excited about the role dental professionals play as a leader in health because both sleep and oral health rank high within the pillars of health even with oral health being the lesser known. Feel confident knowing on Monday morning, following this course, you will be able to implement new skills that will not only change your patients’ lives but potentially save them.

Learning Objectives:

  • Oral diseases and systemic health
  • Airway and oral health
  • Integrating oral and systemic protocols into clinical practice

About the Speaker:

Machell Hudson, RDH was honored as DrBicuspid Most Influential Hygiene Educator for 2021, which is evidence of her love and passion for clinical dental hygiene and educating, practicing and coaching the role the dental community plays in whole body health.  As an international Speaker passionate about educating Oral Systemic Connections with a focus in risk factors, P4 method, elevating patient care and most importantly empowering the dental profession because that is where the magic happens.  She is beyond proud to sit as a board member for the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health.  Founder of Integrative Dental Coaching and on faculty, speaker and specialty hygiene coach for Productive Dentist Academy. Volunteer time spent with Unbound North Texas- Human Trafficking awareness and advocacy. Texas Accredited Human Trafficking Speaker. Financial Relationship – none reported.

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