The Connection between TMJ, Posture, and Nasal Function – Dr. Bahar Esmaili and Dr. Karen Davidson
Course Objectives:
1. Define Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and Nocturnal Bruxism
2. Evaluate forward head posture and how it relates to TMJ Disorder
3. Identify the relationship between posture and dental occlusion
4. Recognize the importance of the nose as its own “organ”
5. Describe why nasal function and resistance are relevant and how to test them.
6. Explain what the objective nasal measurements mean and how to collaborate with medical professionals

Course Description:
TMJ disorders have been identified and treated as an isolated disorder but it is a reflection of body disorder and dysfunction. In this course I will present the many facets of dysfunction in the body that lead to understanding why and how to look deeper in TMJ damages and triage the patient to restore homeostasis.

The course will introduce the audience to nasal function and resistance, the importance of the nose as its own “organ”, why it is relevant in many aspects of medicine, the measurement techniques, what the measurement values mean in treatment and patient care, and how to collaborate among other healthcare providers. Understanding nasal function is essential in understanding disease processes and comorbidities.