Airway Disaster Prevention: How A Combined O/Do and OMT Approach in Very Early Childhood Can Decrease Risk for OSA and ADD/ADHD


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Student Member: $37.50*

Speaker:  Kevin Boyd, DDS, MSC Non-Member:  $70 Credit Hours:  1.5 Subject Code:  160 – Sleep Apnea and Appliance Therapy *AGD Member discount applied at checkout.

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Certain malocclusion phenotypes (e.g., retro-positioned jaws, open bites/cross-bites, high/narrow vaulted palates, low tongue posture, etc.) can predispose a child to increased risk for developing sleep and breathing problems like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA); furthermore, OSA can predispose a child to developing certain neurocognitive and behavioral traits often associated with ADD/ADHD.  Therefore, accurate assessment and appropriately timed and applied treatment of malocclusion in early childhood, should be explored whenever possible as an adjunct to other known effective therapeutic measures such as intensive sleep hygiene patient education, adenotonsillectomy, continuous positive air pressure (CPAP), orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT), psychological therapy, drug intervention.

Educational Objectives

  • Attendees will understand the concept of non-communicable diseases (NCD’s) and how they differ from disease classifications such infectious diseases and genetic syndromes.
  • Attendees will be able to understand that malocclusion is an NCD that can predispose children to negative health outcomes in both childhood and later life, and that it should be identified, and appropriately treated, as early in life as is feasible to do so.
  • Attendees will learn that appropriately timed and applied OMT can be a powerful intervention for children at risk for SDB/OSA and ADD/ADHD.

Kevin Boyd, DDS, MSC, is a board-certified pediatric dentist practicing in Chicago. He is also an attending instructor in the residency-training program in Pediatric Dentistry at Lurie Children’s Hospital where he additionally serves as a dental consultant to the Sleep Medicine service. Prior to completing his dental degree from Loyola University’s Chicago College of Dentistry in 1986, he obtained an advanced degree (M.Sc.) in Human Nutrition from Michigan State University where his research interests were focused on unhealthy eating, dental caries, obesity and diabetes.  Kevin attended the University of Iowa for his post-graduate residency training where he received a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry in 1988. Dr. Boyd has served on the teaching faculties of the University of Illinois College Of Dentistry, the University of Michigan’s College of Dentistry, the University of Chicago Hospital, Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and Michael Reese Hospital as an attending clinical instructor. He is currently completing pre-requisite course work in Biological Anthropology at Northeastern Illinois University in preparation for graduate study and research in the newly emerging discipline of Evolutionary Medicine.  His clinical focus is centered upon prevention of oral and systemic disease through promotion of healthy breathing and eating; his primary research interest is in the area of infant/early childhood feeding practices and how they impact palatal-facial development, naso-respiratory competence and neuro-cognitive development.