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The Dentist’s Role in Breathing and Airway Support

January 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PST

$645.00 – $995.00


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MasterTrack Session 3 - Day 3

Delivery: In-Person Lecture & Hands-On

Presenter: Dr. Steve Carstensen

Location: Washington AGD Global Education Center

Subject Codes: 730 – Oral medicine, 750 – Special patient care

Credit Hours: 8.0

Light breakfast, lunch, parking, all hands-on materials are provided for in-person attendees.


Lecture & Hands-On:

  • AGD Member Dentists: $795
  • Non-AGD Member Dentists: $995
  • AGD Member Student: $645

Course Outline:

Tens of millions of adults are at risk for breathing-related sleep disorders. Millions of children are growing into health problems because of unrecognized craniofacial dystrophy. Dentists are the front line of a new wave of healthcare providers focused on addressing respiration as the fundamental of health. In this busy day, learners will appreciate the key role they must play in identification, diagnosis, and management of breathing and airway support at every age. Dentists are the only part of healthcare who can recognize growth and development problems in young children, assess adults for jaw movement and function, order a custom mandibular advancement device, and manage ongoing airway problems in adults. We can coordinate airway support with oral health preventive efforts to improve health at many levels.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Appreciate the powerful position dentistry has in medicine to effectively impact community health
  2. Understand common sleep medicine terminology and important bio signals related to sleep and intermittent hypoxia
  3. Identify people who may be at risk for breathing related sleep disorders and understand the next steps
  4. Fabricate myTAP professional interim mandibular advancement devices and AM Aligners
  5. Discuss with their team and their patients the importance of addressing poor breathing both day and night and make action plans to include breathing support protocols as part of everyday dentistry
  6. Begin therapy on select patients with confidence matching a custom device to their needs
  7. Assess their own body oxygen level tolerance score and how to improve it.

Headshot of Dr. Steve Carstensen

Steve Carstensen

DDS, Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine

Steve Carstensen DDS started treating sleep problems in 1998 and practices at Premier Sleep in Bellevue, WA. He’s completed UCLA’s Mini-Residency in Sleep and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.

In 2014 he helped create Dental Sleep Practice Magazine and is currently Chief Dental Editor. In 2019, Quintessence published A Clinician’s Handbook of Dental Sleep Medicine, written with a co-author.

In 1996 he achieved Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentists in recognition of over 3000 hours of advanced education in dentistry, with an increasing amount of time in both practice and classwork devoted to sleep medicine.

A lifelong educator himself, Dr. Steve is currently the Sleep Education Director for the Pankey Institute and guest lecturer at Spear Education, recognized as among the finest places for dentists to further their education. As a volunteer leader for the American Dental Association, he was a Program Chairman and General Chairman for the Annual Session, the biggest educational event the Association sponsors. 

 He’s the Consultant to the American Dental Association for sleep related breathing disorders and chief author of the ADA’s ‘Children’s Airways’ educational brochure. For the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine he’s been a Board Member, Secretary Treasurer, and President-Elect. In 2006 he achieved Certification by the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.


January 14
8:00 am - 5:00 pm PST
$645.00 – $995.00


Washington Academy of General Dentistry
(206) 212-4969
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Washington AGD Global Educational Center
19415 International Blvd, #410
SeaTac, WA 98188 United States
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(206) 212-4969
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The Washington AGD is a Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. AGD-Washington, Nationally Approved From 6/1/2018 - 5/31/2024