Dr. Jerald Simmons to speak about sleep disorders, treatment at ATPA symposium

Feb. 3, 2010
Symposium will be held March 11-14, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nev.

CHATSWORTH, California--The Appliance Therapy Group has announced that sleep expert and researcher Jerald H. Simmons, MD, will join the lineup of t dental professionals, clinicians and field-related experts at ATPA 2010.

The Seventh Annual Appliance Therapy Practitioners Association Symposium will be held March 11-14, 2010, at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, Nev.

In his presentation entitled "An Overview of Sleep and the Pathophysiology of OSA," Dr. Simmons will provide an informational tour-de-force on the "nuts and bolts" of obstructive sleep apnea. This will include the nature, assessment, and spectrum of treatment modalities for OSA.

Dr. Simmons will also delve into some of the more subtle aspects of sleep-related breathing problems and offer approaches to managing complicated cases.

"Whether you're an expert or a neophyte in dental sleep medicine,
you'll want to experience this updated, cutting-edge overview on the intricacies and implications of sleep apnea from one of the leading experts in sleep medicine," said ATG CEO Dr. Rob Veis.

"Chances are, you'll learn more about sleep in one sitting than the average medical student learns in four years of medical school."

Dr. Simmons is founder/director of the Sleep Education Consortium, director of the Sadler Clinic Sleep Disorders Center in The Woodlands, Texas, medical director of REST Technologies and Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Associates, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

He has conducted numerous research studies relating to sleep disorders and developed methods to enhance the assessment and treatment of patients with sleep disturbances.

Currently, he is researching the relationship between nocturnal clenching and bruxism with obstructive sleep apnea, as well as the relationship between ADHD and sleep disturbance.

This year the symposium will dedicate a day to sleep appliance therapy--techniques, tools and trends. There will also be two days devoted to staff training with Anita Jupp. This will include discussion and application of the principles of team play, goal orchestration, motivation strategies and education essentials, and the art of collaborative promotion, suppor,t and success.

In addition, participating doctors are invited to bring their staff, two members of which can attend free of charge.

Seminar-goers will have the opportunity to earn as many as 42 continuing education credits and receive certification in the Perio-Protect Method.

Attendees also can submit case presentations for display and feedback, participate in hands-on roundtable sessions, attend in-depth lectures and workshops on topics from minor tooth movement to mouthguards to legal imperatives, and initiate and grow future relationships, programs, and partnerships.

For information on the ATPA aymposium, visit online at ATPA symposium or call (800) 423-3270.

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