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Is Occlusion Dead or Just Sleeping It Off? (preview)

The popular opinion that malocclusion promotes nocturnal bruxism, tooth wear and oral muscle pain appears to be incorrect. Airway disturbances during sleep rather than occlusal interferences appear to be the link. This presentation provides a review of the current scientific literature on occlusion and sleep disturbances. Upper airway resistance has been associated with TMD, chronic fatigue and bruxism. Obstructive sleep apnea related bruxers will be classically be more damaging to their teeth and have greater health risks. The Bruxism TRIAD- sleep bruxism, GERD, and apnea - will be explored.
- To differentiate between occlusal philosophy and airway reality

- The three categories of sleep disturbance and their unique signs and symptoms

- To recognize the Bruxism Triad patient during a dental examination

- Treatment alternatives to resolve bruxism and establish airway


JEFFREY S. ROUSE, D.D.S. is a private practitioner in San Antonio, Texas. His practice is limited to prosthodontics focusing on rehabilitation and esthetic dentistry. Dr. Rouse received his specialty certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where he currently holds a position as Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics.

He is a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, the Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry, and the American College of Prosthodontists. Dr. Rouse lectures internationally on topics ranging from dental esthetics to complete dentures. He was appointed as a speaker for the American Dental Association Seminar Series in 2004.

Dr. Rouse has published numerous journal articles and has contributed chapters on porcelain veneers and anterior ceramic crowns to a dental textbook. Dr. Rouse is the Director of the Division of Interdisciplinary Rehabilitative Dentistry at the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry.

Last reviewed on: 09/01/2014 | Expire date: 08/31/2019