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The Link Between Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and Obstructive Sleep Apnea - Would You Recognize The Signs?

Program Description: During this live, virtual continuing education activity, dental hygienists, nurses, and respiratory therapists will learn how to correctly identify signs and symptoms associated with sleep disordered breathing, will gain knowledge of the healthcare provider's role in identification and intervention of sleep disordered breathing, and will learn how sleep disordered breathing impacts the health and wellness of individuals. Education will be provided on the link between orofacial myofunctional disorder and obstructive sleep apnea, recognition of intraoral and extraoral signs indicating sleep disordered breathing, and the influence of growth and development on airway and sleep.

Presenter: Janice Schmitz, CDA, RDH, DHSc, Assistant Professor of Dental Health at the Community College of Rhode Island

Who Should Attend: Dental Professionals, Nurses, Respiratory Therapists, Healthcare Professionals, Allied and Rehabilitative Health Professionals, CCRI Health & Rehabilitative Sciences Students, Faculty, Alumni, and Clinical Instructors.

Learning Outcomes and Objectives: Upon completion of this activity, the participant will be able to

  • Identify signs and symptoms associated with sleep disordered breathing
  • Self-report knowledge gain of the healthcare provider's role in identification and intervention of sleep disordered breathing
  • Identify how sleep disordered breathing impacts the health and wellness of an individual

Continuing Education Credit:

  • Nurses - This nursing continuing professional development activity is provided by the Community College of Rhode Island for 2.0 nursing contact hours. The Community College of Rhode Island is approved as a provider of continuing nursing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
  • Dental Professionals - This program qualifies for credit through the Rhode Island Dental Association. The Rhode Island Dental Assoication is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance by email for a maximum of 2.0 credit hours. 
  • Respiratory Therapy PENDING - An application has been made to the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) for CRCE. 

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This program is supported by funding from the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Healthcare Workforce Transformation Program.