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FDC2021 Session Directory

Treating to Cure for Malocclusion, Sleep Apnea and TMJ, Part 2

Course Code: C15
Speaker: Dr. Chris Norton, DDS
CE Hours: 3.50
Start: Thursday, June 24, 2021, 1:30 PM
End: Thursday, June 24, 2021, 5:00 PM
Audience: Dentists, Assistants, Hygienists, Dental Student


What causes malocclusion? Would it be surprising to find that the same thing that causes malocclusion also can be the cause for temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and sleep apnea in adults and sleep disordered breathing in children? In this lecture, Dr. Norton will teach about soft - tissue dysfunction and airway, and their role in malocclusion, TMD and sleep pathology. Dr. Norton will explain how airway and swallowing can affect the shape and development of a child’s face, as well as how malocclusion can be fixed, and how temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and sleep apnea can be CURED — not just treated for the symptoms. Attendees will learn a biologic approach to a biologic problem, like malocclusion, sleep disorders and TMJ can be a better solution than a mechanical solution, like Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and Mandibular Advancement Device appliances. Dr. Norton will discuss TMJ and sleep apnea in detail, showing how these conditions can be cured in most cases. The lecture, "Treating to Cure for Malocclusion, Sleep Apnea and TMJ, Part 1" (C01), is a prerequisite for this lecture. You must register and pay for both courses for the full-day learning experience.

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • understand the difference between a mechanical solution and a biologic solution for the maladies of malocclusion, TMJ and sleep apnea.
  • learn how to treat Class III at an early age to avoid surgery later.
  • understand a beginner’s level biologic physiotherapy treatment for Phase 1 orthodontics, TMJ and sleep apnea.

Full Sponsor(s):

Myofunctional Research Co.

Speaker: Dr. Chris Norton, DDS

About the speaker: Dental degree, Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry; past dental director, Amarillo College.

Disclosure: I or members of my immediate family have a financial relationship with Myofunctional Research Co. that may be relevant to this presentation.
Workshop prerequisite: C01: Treating to Cure for Malocclusion, Sleep Apnea and TMJ, Part 1

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