Airway Mini Residency Year 4 West

Session I: April 21-22, 2017
Session II: July 14-15, 2017
Session III: Sept 15-16, 2017
Session IV: Dec 8-9, 2017

Airway Mini Residency Year 4 East

Session I: April 21-22, 2017
Session II: July 14-15, 2017
Session III: Oct 27-28, 2017

Session IV: Jan 12-13, 2018

Airway Mini Residency Year 5 California


Session I: March 2-3, 2018
Session II: June 1-2, 2018
Session III: August 3-4, 2018
Session IV: October 5-6, 2018

Airway Mini Residency Year 5 New Jersey


Session I: April 6-7, 2018
Session II: June 15-16, 2018
Session III: August 17-18, 2018
Session IV: November 2-3, 2018

Session I: The Cause of Airway-Related Dysfunctions
Session II: The Assessment
Session III: The Treatment
Session IV: The Practice

The infant child is born as an obligate nasal breather which fosters proper craniofacial development via a natural feeding and breathing pattern. The most important and immediate physiologic function at birth is the maintenance of breathing which is driven at the level of the brain stem. This necessary function trumps all other non-autonomic physiologic functions as it is the CNS’ (central nervous system) drive to keep the individual alive from one second to the next with less concern for all other physiologic functions occurring from one moment to the next. This reality does not change for the lifetime of the individual and all physiologic systems are influenced accordingly. With that said, proper craniofacial growth and development is initially driven by brain development in the first 2 years of life followed by facial development in the following several years. The development of the airway is the “keystone” for facial development (Enlow) and is the major factor in determining gnathologic function and development as well as proper physiologic sleep and diurnal breathing function. These events are not solely driven by genetics as was previously believed and in fact are strongly influenced by epigenetic (“above the genes”) factors (environment).

This premise provides the context for the curriculum described below. It is a sea-change in how we see the role of the dentist, orthodontist and all related health care providers. Sleep disordered breathing, Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD), dental crowding, bruxism/clenching, craniofacial distortions, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), ARCD (Airway Related Craniofacial Dysfunction) and many other medical sequelae are considered signs and symptoms of the deficient airway in the vast majority of case.


It is our goal to provide a foundation to provide a wellness approach to dental health and development versus disease management of the various associated signs and symptoms. It is much more than about teeth, gums, muscles and joints. This approach does not obviate traditional dental intervention, but rather enhances its delivery and clinical outcomes by taking a global approach to the many problems we manage on a daily basis.


Increasingly the public is demanding  an alternative to symptom & disease management.  OUR GOAL is to give you an approach to your patient’s dental health that is grounded in global wellness. We will take you beyond teeth, gums, muscles and joints to overall patient well-being. This approach does not ask you to abandon traditional dental interventions. It will help you enhance your clinical outcomes by broadening your perspectives on the many problems you manage on a daily basis.  The collaborative approach you will learn will increase your professional satisfaction well beyond the bottom line enhancement that you will experience.


  • Learn how to enhance your bottom line through medical collaboration & proper billing. In other words, learn how to do well by doing right by your patients!
  • How to put the passion & excitement back into your clinical care using airway focused dental principles as you boost your productivity and restorative outcomes.
  • How to improve your restorative/TMD dental outcomes!
  • How the use of a device (CPAP/oral appliance) is only a temporary fix in most cases!
  • Why OSA is only the tip of the iceberg in the sleep disordered breathing spectrum & why UARS/flow limitation is where most of the problems are hidden (below the surface)
  • Specific & practical alternatives to CPAP and oral appliance therapy that are directed by the dental team
  • How to use & interpret HRPO (high resolution pulse oximetry) in screening for sleep disordered breathing
  • How to put together your own collaborative, multidisciplinary team…with you as the quarterback.

When you register for the entire mini – residency you will receive a comprehensive syllabus via Drop Box which will be added to throughout the four sessions. This is for your personal use and not intended for distribution. You will also receive access to 16 hours of professionally recorded video lectures. We will discuss in detail how to efficiently communicate in a multidisciplinary approach.

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