TAPD Winter 2021 CE Course

The Pediatric Dentist’s Role in Sleep, Breathing, and Myofunctional Disorders: A Functional Approach for Providers on the Front-Line


Saturday, February 27, 2021
10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Central Time)
Lunch 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM with intermittent breaks
Virtual Zoom


Member Rate: $200
Non Member Rate: $300


About Dr. Soroush Zaghi

Dr. Zaghi graduated from Harvard Medical School, completed residency in ENT (Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery) at UCLA, and Sleep Surgery Fellowship at Stanford University. He now serves as medical director of The Breathe Institute where the focus of his sub-specialty training is on the comprehensive treatment of nasal obstruction, snoring, and obstructive sleep apnea in children and adults. He is very active in clinical research with over 80+ peer-reviewed research publications in the fields of neuroscience, head and neck surgery, myofunctional therapy, and sleep-disordered breathing. Dr. Zaghi is particularly interested in studying the impact of tethered-oral tissues (such as tongue-tie) and oral myofascial dysfunction on maxillofacial development, upper airway resistance syndrome, and obstructive sleep apnea, especially as it relates to pediatric populations. He is an invited lecturer, author, and journal reviewer for topics relating to the diagnosis and management of sleep-disordered breathing and tongue-tie disorders in children and adults.

Course Overview

Pediatric dentists are in a unique position to screen and monitor for myofunctional and upper airway function disorders that may impact long-term craniofacial and airway development in children. Indeed, chronic mouth breathing and low tongue posture in actively growing children is associated with palatal growth restriction, alterations of craniofacial development, altered head posture, attention issues, poor school performance, and increased risk for obstructive-sleep apnea later in life. This presentation will provide an overview of the spectrum of sleep-related breathing disorders ranging from mouth breathing to snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. The emphasis of the presentation will be on the importance of establishing exclusive nasal breathing as the single most important objective with take-home tips and advice on how to implement these recommendations to the children and families in your practice. Six credit hours will be earned.

Learning Outcomes

  1. To appreciate the impact of sleep-related breathing disorders on pediatric populations.
  2. Be able to screen for and identify the clinical signs of mouth breathing and sleep-disordered breathing among patients in your practice.
  3. Understand that comfortable nasal breathing requires the following conditions: lips pressed together, tongue resting high on the roof of the mouth, and a patent nasal passage.
  4. Learn to manage the common causes of nose blockage: inflammation of the lining of the nose due to environmental allergies, food allergies, weather conditions, air pollution, smoking, nutritional factors, or exposure to certain chemicals. Other causes of nose blockage may include deviated septum, large turbinates, nasal polyps, or large tonsils and adenoids.
  5. Appreciate that sometimes there are no physical blockage in the nose that contribute to the sensation of nasal obstruction or mouth breathing. For these cases, providers with advanced training may be able to identify the presence of a “high arched narrow palate”, or “restrictive lingual frenulum,” among other causes of the difficulty breathing through the nose.
  6. Understand the role of saline rinses, nasal sprays, allergy medicines, mouth taping, myofunctional therapy, and surgery in the treatment of these issues.
  7. Discuss a differential diagnosis for clenching and grinding among patients who present with signs of moderate to severe dental wear and learn how to optimize your treatment by addressing the underlying causes.
  8. Recognize the role of tongue-tie and lip-tie surgery and learn how to improve the surgical outcomes of your cases.
  9. Learn about the long-term impact you can have on craniofacial growth and development by introducing early interceptive orthodontics into your clinical practice.
  10. Be able to discuss the peer-reviewed research literature supporting the role of myofunctional therapy, tongue-tie, and lip-tie surgery in the treatment of patients with mouth breathing, snoring, and/or obstructive sleep apnea.

UnitedHealthcare Dental Touch-base Webinar on June 28

UnitedHealthcare Dental is hosting a “touch-base” webinar on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. CDT. 

The United team will cover important updates, including the dental plan’s:

•             Response to the COVID-19 pandemic;

•             Medicaid and CHIP program readiness review and operational activities;

•             Member enrollment; and

•             Marketing and outreach efforts.

Please help spread the word.  Dental providers can register for the webinar at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Elizabeth LaMair | Deputy Managing Director | Austin, TX | Sellers Dorsey  | Cell 512.796.6009

TAPD Fall Board Meeting

Our Fall Board meeting for 2020 will be on Saturday, September 12th. This will be a virtual Zoom meeting. If you would like to attend, please contact us at

TAPD General Assembly Meeting

Hello All,

With dental offices beginning to open May 1, we have changed the date of the virtual TAPD General Assembly meeting to avoid conflicting with business hours. The virtual TAPD General Assembly Meeting will now be Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 1:30 pm. We will send the Zoom link for the meeting soon.

It has been a busy and productive year for TAPD. The feedback and ideas you all have provided throughout this crisis have been critical to establishing best practices for dentistry throughout the pandemic. As the past two months have proven, it’s more important now than ever for us all to stay engaged in organized dentistry. I look forward to seeing all of you at the meeting and to TAPD continuing to work on behalf of the children and pediatric dentists of Texas. 


Refugio Gonzalez III, DDS
President, Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

TAPD General Assembly Meeting and Proposed Bylaws Changes

TAPD members,

I hope this email finds you and your families well and staying safe. We have identified an alternative option to hold our General Assembly meeting next month, since we will not be meeting in person. 

We will host our General Assembly meeting virtually via Zoom on Friday, May 15 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

I encourage all members to attend. Below is the meeting agenda and proposed bylaw changes that we will discuss.

We will send a link in the coming weeks with instructions to access the meeting. If you have any questions or concerns prior to the meeting, please feel free to email me.

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible next month.

Refugio Gonzalez III, DDS
President, Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

TAPD May Meeting

Hello All, 

We hope you and your families are well. Given the evolving situation we are all facing with COVID-19, the TAPD Board has decided to postpone our General Meeting, Board Meeting and Continuing Education course in May.

As you may have heard, TDA has also decided to cancel its annual May meeting. The TAPD Continuing Education Committee is working on ideas to reschedule our meeting.  We understand that everyone has CE requirements that will need to be met.

We are working to find a solution and will update you as soon as we have more information. We still plan to hold our Fourth Annual Fall Sedation CE on September 25 and 26, and details will be announced in May.

Thanks and stay healthy,

TAPD Board 

TAPD Cocktail Hour & Graduate Poster Presentations

Friday, May 8, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Marriott Riverwalk Hotel

Alamo D,E,F, Ballroom Floor
San Antonio, TX

TAPD General Meeting

Thursday, May 7, 2020
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Marriott Riverwalk Hotel
Alamo Salon D, E, F, Ballroom Floor
San Antonio, TX

TAPD Spring Board Meeting

Thursday May 7, 2020
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Marriott Riverwalk Hotel
Travis Room, Ballroom Floor
San Antonio, TX

TAPD Winter Board Meeting

Sunday January 25th, 2020
9:00AM – 3:00PM
Light Breakfast & Lunch Provided.


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816 Congress Avenue, Suite 940
Austin, TX 78701