Airway Friendly Orthodontics

Orthodontic Strategies for Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is emerging as one of the most widespread and costly health issues in the U.S. OSA is known to affect more than 18 million Americans, including men, women and children – 85% of whom are undiagnosed. The disease is characterized by upper airway obstruction, associated with repeated gaps in breathing and interrupted sleep. People with obstructive sleep apnea are at serious risk of the below medical problems and accidents:

  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents

OSA can be hereditary and up to 10% of children have obstructive sleep apnea. Studies show that children with sleep breathing disorders can suffer from behavioral problems and lower IQ scores.

Why are orthodontists treating sleep apnea in their practices?

Sleep physicians and industry leaders share about the importance of orthodontists offering sleep treatment and why Orthodontists are an important part of the sleep referral team.

An Orthodontic Approach

This course will provide you with an understanding of the physiology of sleep apnea and the current diagnostic and treatment options, as well as a new orthodontic approach and its protocols. The orthodontic approach is intended to provide patients with immediate relief from OSA, as well as changes to the airway that may address an underlying cause. We will demonstrate innovative technologies and convenient, cost effective processes to improve the diagnostic and treatment experience for patients of all ages. This program is the first-of-its-kind in the orthodontic industry, and includes a complete, evidence-based system to implement into your practice now. Click here for more information.

Course Overview

Course Overview and Objectives

This course is designed to give you the knowledge and skills to effectively incorporate an Orthodontic Obstructive Sleep Apnea Program into your practice. During the course you will learn:

  • The physiology of snoring and sleep disordered breathing
  • Sleep Apnea and Technology: The benefits and roles of CBCT, intraoral scanning, and home sleep testing (HST)
  • How to successfully integrate sleep apnea screening and testing into your practice
  • Proven, evidence-based orthodontic treatment options that help your patients breathe, smile and thrive
  • New SAGITTAL FIRST protocols and tools to increase same-day starts and shorten treatment times
  • How to partner with health care professionals for diagnosis, comprehensive care, and new referral sources
  • How to seamlessly implement airway-friendly orthodontics with minimal changes to your day-to-day practice
  • Effective sleep apnea patient education and practice marketing activities and resources

Teaching Methods and Tools

Includes training methods such as lecture, video, interactive group discussion. A complete system of protocols, patient education, and professional referral materials will be demonstrated.

In-Office Course (Marshall, MI): Includes additional hands-on experience for you and your team!


Dr. Lou Chmura

Dr. Lou Chmura graduated from the University of Michigan in 1987. He is an ABO Diplomate, an active member of the Schulman Group and two other national study groups. He is also an active member of the American Association of Orthodontics, the American Board of Orthodontics, the Academy of Laser Dentistry, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Chmura is an early adopter of technology, and has numerous professional publications, and has over 80 professional presentations designed to help Orthodontists integrate innovative and useful tools and techniques into their practices.

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Team Members

Ortho Practice Team


*per doctor


*per member


*(1 Orthodontist / 2 Team Members)

Included in Tuition:

Included in Tuition:

Included in Tuition:

Breakfast and lunch both days

Breakfast and lunch both days

Breakfast and lunch both days

Course manual with resources on USB drive

Course manual with resources on USB drive

Course manual with resources on USB drive

Home sleep trial

Home sleep trial

Home sleep trial

Course completion certificate

Course completion certificate

Course completion certificate

*If registered 60+ days before the course. Regular price $1495.00

*If registered 60+ days before the course. Regular price $495.00

*If registered 60+ days before the course. Regular price $1990.00

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“The mounting body of evidence connecting serious health disorders to sleep apnea points to the necessity of making the treatment of this condition a standard of care in all orthodontic practices. ”
Dr. Ron Redmond -
“Excellent course on a new cutting edge of orthodontic care.”
Dr. E. McDowell -
“One of the most informative and interesting courses I have taken in 30 years of practice! ”
Dr. C. Lindsey -
“New, hot topic. Something we see in our practices every day. ”
Dr. D. Davis -
“Best course in years! Thoroughly enjoyed! Kudos to Chmura & Paquette! ”
Dr. R. Feldman -


Henry Schein Dental Specialties Group is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Henry Schein Dental Specialties Group designates this activity for 16 continuing education credits.

Support for this activity generously provided by Henry Schein Orthodontics. Terms and conditions viewable during online registration or see www.henryscheindsg.com/terms.php for cancellation policy. Note: Customer (doctor) is responsible for determining and complying with local, state, and federal legal and regulatory requirements, as well as specific payer requirements.

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