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West District Meeting

The West District Meeting is scheduled for August 19, 2016 at the Country Inn & Suites in Sidney, NE (formerly known as the Holiday Inn)

Free to NDA Members! - part of your Annual Session fee.

2016 West District Registration Form 
Meeting Information & Schedule

"Airway Assessment and the Impact on Comprehensive Dental Care" - Mary E Burns, DMD
2016 West District Mary BurnsDr. Burns will present a full day program which will include airway assessment through clinical exam, medical and dental histories and the use of CBCT data.  In addition, CBCT assessment of the TMJ and skeletal structures will be demonstrated.  A presentation of the spectrum of Sleep Disordered Breathing and a review of the current Medical and Dental literature will enable the participants to bring knowledge of this most critical information into their practice.  Finally, Dr. Burns will present strategies to enhance the airway during growth and development and comprehensive dental care.  The following is an outline of the presentation:

  • Clinical Assessment of the Airway and Examination for Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB);
  • CBCT Assessment of the Airway;
  • CBCT Assessment of the TMJ and Skeletal Relationships;
  • Utilizing Growth and Development to enhance the airway;
  • Presentation of Comprehensive Treatment Strategies to Enhance the Airway;
  • The Spectrum of Sleep Disordered Breathing - What is the Dentist's Role? 
Mary E Burns, DMD, MS, MA
Board Certified Orthodontist
New Hope, Pennsylvania

Dr. Mary E. Burns earned a Certificate of Dental Assisting from the University of Pittsburgh in
1978, and in 1979 became a Registered Dental Hygienist. Dr. Burns graduated summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Health Related Professions in 1979 from the University of Pittsburgh.

In 1983, Dr. Burns graduated with honors, earning a degree in Dental Medicine, from the University of Pittsburgh. After completing a general practice residency, at the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh, and a public health service residency in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she became a part of the faculty at Temple University’s Restorative Department. Dr. Burns went on to receive her Certificate in Orthodontics, from The Ohio State University, in 1990, as well as her Masters of Education and Science that same year. Her thesis was on the Effect of a Unilateral Occlusal Interference on the Rat TMJ. She received a certificate from The Roth Institute of TMJ centered orthodontic treatment in 1997. In 2005 Dr. Burns graduated from the OBI Foundation for Bioesthetic Dentistry and became a faculty member of the Foundation in 2010.

Dr. Mary E. Burns is a Board Certified Orthodontist, who has been in practice for the past 28 years, 21 of which were in orthodontics. Dr. Burns has been a member of the American Association of Orthodontics for the past 20 years. She has lectured internationally on the topics of TMJ centered Orthodontics and the role of the orthodontist in the treatment of patients with sleep disordered breathing. Dr. Burns was a founding member of Cabodent, which is an educational teaching institute that combines the philosophies of bioesthetics, human biology and stabilized joint orthodontics. Dr. Burns will be presenting her philosophy on comprehensive interdisciplinary care with an emphasis on achieving an airway model that can be a solution for patients with sleep disordered breathing.