Embracing Consumer Technologies

Presented by: Michael Howell, MD; and Jonathan Parker, DDS
Thursday, September 23, 2021
7pm ET/6pm CT/5pm MT/4pm PT

Sleep-related consumer technologies, including mobile phone “apps,” wearable devices and smart beds, are changing the landscape of patient awareness and tracking of sleep health. They have the potential to both improve and impair patient collaboration in treatment success. This webinar will address this burgeoning consumer market with practical suggestions for clinical applications.

Target Audience
Dentists treating patients with sleep-related breathing disorders.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  1. Consider various algorithms employed by existing sleep tracking technologies;
  2. Strategize useful applications of patients' sleep data trends; and
  3. Evaluate advancements in sleep monitoring technologies as they come to market
 Michael Howell, MD is the Associate Professor, Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Howell is a neurologist who specializes in sleep disorders. His clinical interests include sleepwalking and related disorders such as REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, Sleep Related Eating Disorder, sleep seizures and other violent sleep behaviors. Dr. Howell’s research interests include characterizing the relationship between sleep and neurological disorders and determining whether these processes are reversible with current or experimental therapies. He is also interested in the relationship between sleep and obesity. Specifically, he is investigating whether poor sleep as a result of sleep deprivation or of sleep disorders leads to or contributes to the current global obesity pandemic.
  Jonathan Parker, DDS is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He has been caring for patients with snoring and sleep apnea for over 29 years, and is co-founder of the Sleep Performance Institute. Dr. Parker is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain as well as the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM), where he also served as president.  Dr. Parker lectures internationally on the dentist’s role in treating snoring and OSA, and is an adjunct Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. 
Conflict of Interest Disclosures
Michael Howell, MD: No potential conflicts of interest to disclose.
Jonathan Parker, DDS: I am the co-founder of Sleep Performance Institute. The material presented in this lecture has no relationship with this potential conflict.


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