Continuing Dental Education

CE1764 Ernest M. Jones Memorial Lecture

Alternate Perspectives in Dentistry: Airway Orthodontics

Barry Raphael, DMD

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Course Description

In an effort to think outside the box, our presentation this year delves into a topic deemed controversial by some, revolutionary by others. The lecture will deal with some techniques not espoused by the UW Orthodontic Program. It will explore research and new treatments emerging in the field of orthodontics, and their proposed effects on sleep apnea and other maladies resulting from airway issues. Our day will conclude with an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the merits and challenges of this evolving topic.

Just as all healthcare professions are struggling with the ever-increasing burden of chronic disease, we have a similar dilemma to solve in dentistry: do we deal with the symptoms of dental disease or do we deal with underlying causes?

There is a view of orthodontics that malocclusion is not the problem to be solved but is a symptom of an imbalance elsewhere in the mouth, face, head, or body. From this perspective, the basic functions of breathing, posture, nutrition, and sleep become the primary targets of therapy. While straight teeth will always be a desirable trait, straight teeth in balance with the rest of the body may become the focus of what is being called Airway Orthodontics.

Dr. Barry Raphael has been an orthodontist in private practice in New Jersey for 33 years. Eight years ago he began a transition to Airway Orthodontics that has significantly changed his practice and treatment outcomes. He will describe the rationale behind his philosophy, his expanded assessment of patients, the various treatment modalities behind his approach, and his view of the future of orthodontics. He will draw a timeline for the treatment of patients from birth to sleep apnea and how important it is for all dental and medical professionals to be involved in this endeavor.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the possible epigenetic influences of the modern environment on the growth and development of the human face, jaws, and teeth.
  • Identify the risk factors for flow limitation in the human airway.
  • Discuss the rationale and evidence behind the various treatment modalities being used to address airway dysfunction.
  • Address the potential for dentistry and orthodontics to address chronic disease in children and adults.
  • Identify some of the controversies surrounding this topic.


Dr. Barry RaphaelDr. Raphael teaches these concepts at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Pediatric Dentistry in New York City, at the Center for Integrative Education in New Jersey, and at universities and forums in the United States and internationally. He is currently president of the New Jersey Association of Orthodontists, a component of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Note to the participant

This program presents an alternate perspective that is not uniformly accepted by orthodontists. Dr. Raphael agrees to abide by the American Dental Association’s policy on scientifically based presentations: “Where the scientific basis for a clinical and/or technical CDE activity is evolving or uncertain, the presentation will describe the level of scientific evidence that is currently available and what is known of the risks and benefits associated with the clinical and/or technical CDE activity.”

Course Logistics

Friday, March 23, 2018

University of Washington
Kane Hall, Room 130
Seattle, Washington 98195

This course is designed for dentists, hygienists and dental assistants.

Download Course Application Form
Register Online (available until two days before the course).

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Until March 21, 2018 (after, $10 more)
$125 for CDE credit*
Complimentary for no CDE credit**

* This fee helps to cover the costs of this event that exceed the available annual funds of the Ernest M. Jones Memorial Lectureship Fund.
** If you plan to attend for no CDE credits, you still need to register.

7 hours

Parking passes may be purchased through the CDE office for $15 each until March 9, 2018. Alternatively, parking will be available in the E1 Parking Lot, north of the stadium, for $6 the day of the course.

$25 per person – chicken, fish or vegetarian entrée available – reserve by March 16, 2018.

An annual alumni meeting will convene over lunch, but you are welcome to attend the lunch whether you are alumni or not!

No refunds will be given for this course. If you must cancel your registration, tuition credit will be given for the course that must be used at a UW CDE course by June 30, 2018; or the registration can be transferred to another person for a $10 processing fee. Cancellations and transfers must be made by 5:00pm on March 22nd, 2018. After that, no transfers are available.

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University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.