Airway Focused Dentistry - Monroe County Dental Society General Mbr Meeting POSTPONED

Start Date: December 2, 2020 6:00pm
End Date:
Location: Artisan Works
Featured Speaker: Dr. Terry Giangreco
Sponsor: Seventh District Dental Society/MCDS



Monroe Dental Society Annual Meeting

Dr. Terry Giangreco, a native Rochesterian, graduated from Rutgers University with an Art Degree and went on to Dental School at SUNY Buffalo.  He then completed a Masters in Orthodontics at Northwestern University. 

In 1995, Dr. Giangreco joined Dr. Ronald Cortese in private practice.  Five years later, he established his current practice, Get-It-Straight Orthodontics.  He was a member of the Craniofacial Team at the University of Rochester for over 10 years where he found a passion for treating children with special needs. 

Dr. Giangreco is a frequent lecturer, sharing his orthodontic expertise with area dental societies and study clubs on subjects including the advantages of 3-D Diagnostic Imaging, Airways in Dentistry, the Damon System and Invisalign.  He has been published in numerous dental journals.

Dr. Giangreco is an instructor for Ormco Corporation, a leader in the development of innovative orthodontic products, training fellow orthodontists on the Damon System which is the leading system of passive self-ligation braces.

Dr. Giangreco lives in Webster with his wife, Tricia, and their two sons, Vincenzo and Domenic.

 Course Description

Airway evaluation and treatment is a hot topic in dentistry.  Dental devices have become mainstream for the treatment of mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  In the more recent years, we have found that dental devices to temporarily advance the mandible are just scratching the surface of therapy of the airway-compromised patient.

The use of Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) to evaluate airway obstructions is an objective indicator to the level of potential sleep apnea.  CBCT diagnostics can also guide clinicians to proper treatment of a compromised airway. 

A non-obstructed airway with nasal breathing is critical for proper physiological sleep and affects both children and adults.  Poor physiological sleep in both age groups have very different consequences to their long-term health, including Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD), dental crowding, bruxism/clenching, enamel wear/erosion, bone loss, gingival recession, craniofacial distortions, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), cardiovascular disease, diabetes, GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) and many other medical sequelae.


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

  1. Understand the concept of Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) versus Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  2. Assess patients for relevant Airway-related Signs and Symptoms
  3. Assess a variety of objective CBCT measurements and interpret the findings
  4. More predictably treat patients with Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD), severe wear, erosion and recession
  5. Collaborate with other dental and medical professionals in a very meaningful capacity for the patient’s well-being
  6. Provide a foundation from which to further your education toward more specialized airway-focused dentistry