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Anatomy and Neuroanatomy of the Upper Airway

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Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS), Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), and Sleep Related Breathing Disorders (SDB) continue to draw the attention of dentists as their role in diagnosis, treatment, and management of these disorders becomes more and more prevalent.  Sleep disorder breathing varies greatly in its’ clinical presentation. This requires the dentist who chooses to treat SDB to be thoroughly familiar with the developmental anatomy and physiology of the pharynx and the relationship of the stomatognathic system with the physiology of swallowing. This presentation will include a discussion of the embryology of the airway and the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of swallowing and the role of speech and the dissension of the larynx in humans. The unique features of modern man’s oropharynx will serve as an introduction to the topic of SDB.

Recorded: 11/3/2017 | Duration: 0 hr 55 min


Ronald Auvenshine, DDS, PhD

Target Audience

This course is intended for beginner, intermediate and advanced-level dentists.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the embryology of the oral stomatognathic system;

  • Understand the cranial nerves which innervate the region; 

  • Become familiar with the various factors which make the pharynx of humans unique in the animal kingdom; 

  • Become more familiar with the role of the hyoid bone and its relationship to swallowing and maintenance of the upper airway; and

  • Become more familiar with the use of Cone Beam CT (CBCT) in evaluating airway

NOTE: Online learning modules can be accessed in the AADSM Online Learning Center. This learning module is eligible for Continuing Education Credit (CE). Frequently Asked Questions

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