The Tongue’s Role in Airway, Sleep, and Feeding Issues in Children

Dr. Richard Baxter, The Tongue’s Role in Airway, Sleep, and Feeding Issues in Children
Speaker: Dr. Richard Baxter
Category: Pediatric
CE Credits: 2.5
Format: MP4 Video
This CE course is for any dentist who treats children. It will discuss what we can do as dentists to help kids with airway, sleep, speech, and feeding problems, particularly related to tongue-ties. Le...more
  • 5.0 (1 Review)
  • Running Time: 2 hours
  • Released: 11/20/2019
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2025
  • Review Date: 6/30/2022
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Credit Details
This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 2.5 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.
AGD Code: 430.

The fee to view this course is $36. This cost includes the fee to take the exam and claim your CE credits.

Pediatric airway issues, sleep issues, and feeding issues are very common and often last into adulthood if left untreated. Early identification and treatment of these issues are critical to allow children to thrive and have normal growth and development. The dentist is well positioned to identify those at risk, and provide treatment or refer for treatment utilizing a team approach to care.

Many factors impact a child’s airway including enlarged tonsils and adenoids, a high and narrow palate, mouth breathing, and a restricted tongue (often referred to as tongue-tie). Often overlooked, a tongue-tie is likely one of the initial factors that can predispose children and adults to the other airway issues later in life such as mouth breathing, a high palate, and enlarged tonsils. It also can cause sleep, feeding, and speech issues in children. Thankfully, a tongue-tie is the factor that is most easily treated by the dentist with proper technique, planning, and follow-up. In this course, we will help you to identify patients at risk for a restricted tongue and airway issues, and teach you evidence-based strategies to manage these patients and treat them effectively.

We don’t want any children to have a negative quality of life from something that can be released quickly and with minimal trauma to the child and family. Using the techniques in this course can be a starting point for those who wish to learn more about treating children with airway issues, and will help further inform those who have already started the journey of treating children and adults with tongue-ties.

Description of Speaker:
Dr. Richard Baxter is a board-certified pediatric dentist and diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery. He is a nationally recognized speaker on tongue-ties, and author of the bestselling book Tongue-Tied: How a Tiny String Under the Tongue Impacts Nursing, Speech, Feeding, and More. He is passionate about educating parents and healthcare practitioners about the effects a tongue-tie can have throughout the lifespan. He lives in Birmingham, AL with his wife, Tara, their twin girls, Hannah and Noelle, and infant Molly. He is the founder and owner of Shelby Pediatric Dentistry and the Alabama Tongue-Tie Center, where he uses the CO2 laser to release oral restrictions that are causing nursing, speech, dental, sleep and feeding issues. He had a tongue-tie himself, and all three of his girls were treated for tongue and lip-tie with success, so for him, this field is a personal one. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor activities. He serves as an elder at his church and is on the board of Reach the Rest, a global missions organization. Dr. Baxter also participates in many overseas dental mission trips. He is currently working on several research and educational projects related to tongue-ties.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to achieve the following:
  • Screen for, diagnose, and manage airway issues in their practice.
  • Know what impact a tongue-tie can have on a child's quality of life.
  • Know the proper techniques to assess a child for issues related to tongue and lip-ties.
  • Know the proper technique and positioning for completing a tongue-tie release.
  • Know whether they want to pursue additional training to treat tongue-tie and lip-tie in their office or refer for care.

he speaker declares that neither he nor any member of his family have a financial arrangement or affiliation with any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this continuing dental education program nor has a financial arrangement with any product or service mentioned in this course.

CE Reviews


5.0  (1 Review)
 1 person would recommend this course to a friend.
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised
User: nyinyiaung
Date: 3/31/2021
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised
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