Young Faces—Clinical Action to Help Families Begin Early

An ADA Children's Airway Event

Friday, Sept. 23, 8:15 a.m.–5 p.m. CT
Saturday, Sept. 24, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. CT

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Now more than ever, families are paying attention to how their children breathe as part of their overall health and ability to thrive in challenging times. There is no more important member of the healthcare team than dentists to identify and set families on the path to health, but dentists cannot do this alone.

In Young Faces—Clinical Action to Help Families Begin Early: An ADA Children's Airway Event, Sept. 23–24, the ADA continues its commitment to children’s airway health by helping you learn practical skills of communication, evaluation and collaboration to lead your team in creating positive, healthy changes in your community. You can participate in this event in-person at the ADA Headquarters in downtown Chicago or via livestream wherever you are.

You’ll hear from world leaders in dentistry, speech pathology/myofunctional therapy, airway orthodontics and sleep surgery for two days of practical education. And you will be able to network with other like-minded professionals to create clinical action plans and put this knowledge to work for your patients.

At the end of this Children’s Airway event, you will be able to:

  • Lead your team in creating an effective communications plan for identifying children at risk and presenting next steps to families
  • Arm families with a good understanding of tissue-tie revision so they can deal with conflicting advice
  • Discuss the value of myofunctional therapy with families and lead kids through some simple exercises that make a difference
  • Understand how to see malocclusion from an airway-support perspective and develop a plan for better breathing while ensuring excellent orthodontic outcomes
  • Know that sleep surgery is a critical component of success, but not always the only consideration

CE hours: 13

In-Person Course Pricing Standard
Dentist – Member $895
Dentist – Non-Member $1,295
Dental Team (Hygienist, Assistant, Office Staff) $695
Other Health Care Professionals $1,295


Livestream Course Pricing Standard
Dentist – Member $399
Dentist – Non-Member $449
Dental Team (Hygienist, Assistant, Office Staff) $139
Other Health Care Professionals $449
Student $139

Learn more about the speakers

Steve Carstensen, D.D.S.

Dr. Steve CarstensenDr. Carstensen has treated sleep apnea and snoring in Bellevue, WA, since 1988. He serves as a consultant to the ADA for sleep-related breathing disorders, has trained at UCLA’s mini-residency in sleep and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). He lectures internationally, advises several sleep-related manufacturers, directs sleep education at the Pankey Institute and is a guest lecturer at Spear Education, University of the Pacific and Louisiana State Dental Schools. For the AADSM, Dr. Carstensen has served as a board member, secretary-treasurer and president-elect. From 2014 through 2019, he was the editor of Dental Sleep Practice Magazine. In 2019, he co-authored A Clinician’s Handbook of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Shereen Lim

Dr. Shereen LimDr. Lim is a Perth, Australia-based dentist with a post-graduate diploma in dental sleep medicine from the University of Western Australia. She has been involved in the team management of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea for over a decade. Dr. Lim is dedicated to promoting airway health from infancy as an alternative approach to minimize the development and burden of these problems throughout a child’s lifespan.

Her work in private practice is restricted to tongue tie management from infancy to adulthood, early interceptive orthodontics and myofunctional therapy. She is author of Breathe, Sleep, Thrive: Discover How Airway Health Can Unlock Your Child’s Greater Health, Learning and Potential.”

Sharon Moore
Sharon MooreSharon Moore is a speech pathologist with a private practice in Canberra, Australia, managing medical and dental specialist referrals for patients of all ages. Orofacial myofunctional principles are fully integrated into management of disorders of function in the upper airway, including breathing, swallowing, chewing, phonation, speech and breathing during sleep. Recently, acknowledgement of the role of myofunctional therapy in management of sleep disorders hails a new era of relevance for work in the upper airway and affirms Sharon’s chosen clinical direction. She is author of Sleep Wrecked Kids: Raising Happy Healthy Children One Sleep at a Time.
Eric Phelps, D.D.S., M.S.
Dr. Eric PhelpsAlong the journey of discovering that he has severe sleep apnea, Dr. Phelps added airway education to his professional mission, which led to the founding of Nor Cal Airway in 2018. At Nor Cal Airway, Dr. Phelps focuses on helping patients with airway obstruction and sleep breathing disorders and the resultant muscle parafunction that often leads to TMJ dysfunction and chronic pain.

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