Dr. Betsy Reynolds (RDH, MS), Dr. Brian Novy (DDS, FADIt)
Despite spending a great deal of our lives snoozing, ‘sleep science’ is a relatively new field of study. Recent research demonstrates that we are sleeping less and experiencing oral and systemic consequences as a result. While the body rests and recuperates during sleep, the oral cavity rarely takes a break. In fact, while patients are sleeping, there is a great opportunity to encourage oral health. And it is not just the oral cavity that is affected by a lack of zzzzz’s. Studies suggest that sleeping less than the recommended amount of time may be linked to heightened inflammatory risk, obesity, cognitive function, depression, diabetes and more — and this lack of sleep is affecting the health and well-being of people of allages. This course is designed to ‘wake up’ course participants to the benefits of sleep and will encourage attendees to integrate a simple ‘slumber protocol’ to help patients lead healthier lives.
A. Describe how sleep impacts health and disease
B. Explain how the oral environment changes during sleep
C. Select disease management strategies for night-time use
D. Establish oral health rather than simply prevent disease