The Dental-Medical Connection: Oral Appliances and Sleep Medicine

Featured Speakers

Neal Aguillard, M.D. photo
Neal Aguillard, M.D.

Alan O. Blanton, D.D.S., M.S. photo
Alan O. Blanton, D.D.S., M.S.

Amado X. Freire, M.D. photo
Amado X. Freire, M.D.

Daniel F. Tylka, D.M.D., M.S. photo
Daniel F. Tylka, D.M.D., M.S.

Dates and Times

  • TBD
  • 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (CST)

Schedule of Events

7:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8-8:15 a.m. Introductions
8:15-9:15 a.m. 1. 'The Impact of Sleep Disorders on Society'
9:15-10:30 a.m. 2. 'Sleep and Sleep Disorders'
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-12 p.m. 3: 'Health Consequences of Sleep Disorders'
12-1 p.m. LUNCH
1-2 p.m. 4. 'Management of Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders'
2-3 p.m. 5. 'Dentistry's Role in Screening, Evaluation, and Referral'
3-3:15 p.m. Break
3:15-4:15 p.m. 6. 'Oral Appliances and their Management'
4:15-4:30 p.m. Q&A
4:30 p.m. Dismissal

Location and Parking

Location: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
General Education Building (GEB)
8 South Dunlap St.
Memphis, TN 38163

Parking: Dental Patient Lot (O Lot) located southwest of Dunn Dental Bldg. - $3/weekday.
Madison Plaza Garage (H Lot) located at 940 Madison Ave. - $5/day.
Metered parking is also available for a cost along S. Dunlap St.

Tuition and Course Credit

Tuition includes a light breakfast and group lunch. *All tuition and fees are due in full at the time of registration. Class space is limited; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration less than 10 business days prior to the course is subject to available space and the stated late registration fees.*

Dentists

  • Early Bird Fee (by February 24) $245.00
  • Regular Fee (after February 24) $295.00
  • Late Registration Fees (after March 27) $345.00

Dental Hygienists

  • Early Bird Fee (by February 24) $61.25
  • Regular Fee (after February 24) $73.75
  • Late Registration Fees (after March 27) $86.25

Dental Assistant / Office Staff

  • Early Bird Fee (by February 24) $36.75
  • Regular Fee (after February 24) $44.25
  • Late Registration Fees (after March 27) $51.75

UT Faculty & Staff Registration Fees

  • Call CE Office for pricing

Course Credit: 7.5 hours | Course Registration Form

Course Description

Upon completion of this course participants should have a basic understanding of the physiology of sleep and sleep disorders in general and sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBD) in particular. Also, participants will gain a basic understanding of the practice parameters for the use of oral appliances in the management of SRBDs, their indications, contraindications, and follow-up. Course Presenters: Dr. Daniel F. Tylka; Dr. Alan O. Blanton; and Dr. Neil Aguillard

About The Featured Speakers

Neal Aguillard, M.D.

Dr. Neal Aguillard graduated from Medical School at Louisiana State University. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fulfilled his fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Aguillard is currently an Intensivist Physician and is board certified on the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Diseases, American Board of Internal Medicine- Critical Care Medicine, and American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

In 1989, he joined Mid-South Pulmonary and consults with patients at Methodist University Hospital. Dr. Aguillard's most respected accomplishments are Attending Physician at Methodist University Teaching Service, service as a Board Member for MetroCare Physicians and as Medical Director at the Methodist Sleep Disorder Center. He also works on the Clinical Practice Review Committee for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
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Alan O. Blanton, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Alan Blanton graduated from the University of Tennessee college of Dentistry in 1983 and has been in private general practice in Collierville, TN since then. Dr. Blanton began treating patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea using Oral Appliance Therapy in the fall of 2007.

He has completed a mini-residency program in Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine at the University of Kentucky with Dr. Jeffery Okeson and the staff of the U of K Orofacial Pain Clinic. He has submitted his application and prerequisites in order to sit for the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine board certification exam this June.

Dr. Blanton is a member of the American Dental Association, the Tennessee Dental Association, the Memphis Dental Society, the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the American Academy for Sports Dentistry, and the Tennessee Sleep Society.

A portion of his practice is designated as the Mid-South Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center aimed at facilitating patients and other healthcare professionals who are searching for an alternative to traditional CPAP Therapy for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
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Amado X. Freire, M.D.

Dr. Amado Freire is currently Division Chief and Professor of Medicine at The University of Tennessee, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. He is also a Director in the Medical Intensive Care Unit, PCU, RT & Pulmonary Services at The Regional Medical Center, Director of Wesley Sleep Disorders Center and Director of Memphis Sleep Diagnostics, Sleep Disorders Center in Memphis, Tennessee. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine.
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Daniel F. Tylka, D.M.D., M.S.

Dr. Dan Tylka graduated from dental school Southern Illinois University - School of Dental Medicine in 1983. Following this he completed a residency in Fixed Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in 1985, as well as a fellowship in Temporomandiblar Disorders from the same institution in 1986. In pursuit of additional knowledge Dr. Tylka went on to completed residencies in Orofacial Pain at the University of Minnesota in 1988 and more recently in Sleep Medicine at the University of California - Los Angeles in 2009. While at the University of Minnesota he also earned a Master's Degree in Biostatistics & Neuroanatomy.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain, where he has held a position as a board examiner for over a decade. During his career Dr. Tylka has taught at dental schools in Illinois, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

Dr. Tylka hold numerous memberships, including the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Dental Sleep medicine, the Southern Sleep Society, the Tennessee Sleep Society, the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, the American College of Prosthodontists, the American Dental Association, Tennessee CRANIO, the Tennessee Dental Association, the Memphis Dental Society, as well as many other organizations including past memberships in other state and local dental organization.

Currently, Dr. Tylka serves as Director of TMD/Sleep Medicine in the UTHSC College of Dentistry - the very first position of its kind in the country. This position was brainchild of Dean Timothy L. Hottel, understanding the developments in the world of Sleep Medicine and dentistry's responsibility to assist our medical colleagues in identifying and assisting in the management of patients diagnosed with sleep apnea.
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The University of Tennessee designates this activity for 7.5 hours continuing education credits.