SLEEP PATHOLOGY, AIRWAY DYSFUNCTION AND THE IMPACT ON HEALTH
The mandible as the joint of the upper airway, which allows dental assessment and interventions to enhance medical management
Saturday, September 16: 11:10AM - 12:10PM

ABOUT THE LECTURE:
This lecture covers the physiology of sleep with emphasis on the upper airway and how this relates to sleep disruption. This lecture explains why neurophysiologic parameters are important in monitoring sleep and provides an understanding of why pulse oximetry is not a sufficient method of screening or monitoring obstructive respirations in many patients. The lecture provides an understanding of how sleep bruxism helps to protect the airway from obstruction leading to conditions such as TMJ dysfunction and pain. Other medical conditions such as diabetes and fibromyalgia are discussed in regards to how they relate to sleep pathology.. This lecture points out the importance in collaboration between dentists and physicians and educates physicians on how dentistry can enhance the level of medical care when proper steps are taken. 
 

Jerald Simmons, MD
ABOUT DR. SIMMONS:
Dr. Jerald Simmons is Triple Board-Certified by the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, & American Board of Sleep Medicine. He is the Founding-Director of Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Associates, PA (CSMA), with locations in The Woodlands, the Houston Medical Center and Sugar Land, Texas. Dr. Simmons founded and directed The Sadler Clinic Sleep Disorders Center(s) from 1999-2012. He is also the Founding-Director of the Sleep Education Consortium, Inc., a 501 (c) 3, non-profit organization that focuses on enhancing the education of doctors and the community on sleep disorders.

After receiving his Neurology training at Washington University, Barnes Hospital in St. Louis MO in 1990 he went on to obtain fellowship training in Sleep Disorders Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center and then in Neurophysiology and Epilepsy at the University of California, Davis, Department of Neurology, Sacramento CA. On completion of his training he joined the faculty at UCLA and held the positions of Co-Director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center in Los Angeles and Director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory, UCLA / Olive View Medical Center Sylmar, California. While there at UCLA he was active in training other physicians in sleep disorders medicine. After six years he transitioned out of UCLA and into his current positions.

As a Neurologist, Dr. Simmons treats patients with a wide range of neurological conditions but he spends most of his practice evaluating and treating patients with sleep disorders. He has dedicated his career to provide the highest level of diagnostics testing to identify the full-spectrum of sleep disorders. He has been on the cutting-edge of implementing new technologies in the sleep laboratory, including esophageal pressure monitoring (Pes) to diagnose patients with the Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS), a sleep disorder characterized by airway resistance to breathing during sleep.

Dr. Simmons evaluates pediatric patients as well as adults, and is among the few sleep specialists in the United States who can competently diagnose children who have Hyper Activity Attention Deficit Disorder caused by a subtle sleep disturbance such as UARS or Period Leg Movements of Sleep. Implementing state-of-the-art technology has been a passion of Dr. Simmons and he is actively working to implement new technology in the field of medicine and more specifically, sleep disorders medicine. He is committed to teaching both medical professionals and the general public on sleep disorders. As the Director of the Sleep Education Consortium, Inc., Dr. Simmons coordinates ongoing conferences to enhance the knowledge of sleep disorders of the health care community and general public.

DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
Dr. Simmons has indicated that he has no financial relationships with any commercial supporters.

 
COMPLIMENTARY TOPIC VIDEOS, COURTESY OF JERALD SIMMONS, MD

 


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