The AAO Sleep Apnea and Orthodontics Task Force will hold an open forum on Saturday, May 5 from 3 pm – 4:30 pm during the 2018 Annual Session in Washington, D.C.

The Task Force was formed last year after the AAO Board of Trustees announced that the AAO will conduct a consensus conference during 2018-19, regarding the relationship between sleep apnea and the practice of orthodontics.
“Prior to the conference, we are in the process of compiling and evaluating pertinent literature,” says Dr. Rolf Behrents, editor-in-chief of the AJO-DO and chair of the Sleep Apnea and Orthodontics Task Force. “In addition, we will seek input from members of the AAO and other interested parties in order to construct an authoritative report of findings. The open forum during Annual Session will afford an opportunity for any AAO member to speak publicly on this topic.”
Members of the Task Force will be in attendance at the forum to listen to colleagues’ thoughts and concerns regarding the relationship between sleep apnea and orthodontics.
“The primary goal of the conference that follows will be to produce a white paper including evidence-based guidance on this topic,” says Dr. Behrents. “In addition, we anticipate that a resource center will be constructed containing the pertinent literature and that suggestions will be made regarding the need for additional research in certain areas.”