A good night’s sleep is critical for orthodontists and orthodontic staff to function at their best and to best serve patients. This sleep related lecture provides an overview of relevant information for the orthodontic profession. In your efforts to best care for the oral health of your patients, orthodontists and orthodontic staff have the opportunity and obligation to consider how their work can impact sleep, sleep disordered breathing, and airway health. In addition, questions about sleep should be included on intake forms and orthodontists and staff should offer guidance and referrals to sleep experts and medical professionals who can address related disorders and issues. A beautiful smile and optimal bite can be compromised with insufficient sleep quality and quantity.
Comprehend basic sleep science and recognize sleep’s relationship to oral health.
Suggest and discuss healthy sleep strategies for you, your colleagues, and your patients.
Identify relevant questions to include on intake forms regarding sleep.