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Bruxism and the Sleep Apnea Connection 
Presenter: Dr. Jamison Spencer Release Date: 1/29/2014
Credits: 1 CEU, Free Self-Study Expiration Date: 1/29/2017
  Reviewed: 2016        

For decades we have blamed grinding and clenching of the teeth on 1. Stress and 2. Malocclusion. While certainly emotional stress and occlusal factors can play a role in the etiology of bruxism, it is becoming clear that in a majority of patients obstructive airway issues are the major driving factor. In this CE webinar Dr. Spencer takes the audience on an evidence based journey, and makes a strong case that the so called "parafunction" that wreaks havoc on our patient's teeth and on our best restorations is actually "protective" in nature. This understanding will help with the diagnosis and actual treatment of the underlying etiology of bruxism.
With the case made that clenching and grinding is often the brain's way to protect itself from suffocation, the lecture will then focus on how to protect the patient, protect their teeth, protect their restorations and protect the dentist's practice.

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