Breathe Well, Sleep Well, Live Well with Airway Dynamics
At Airway Dynamics, we are dedicated to helping patients with their sleep and airway issues. Our goal is to educate both patients and doctors on the latest advancements in treatment options. We believe that everyone deserves to breathe well, sleep well, and live well.
We believe that every patient is unique, and we work with each one to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to their specific needs. We are experienced in helping patients with their airway and sleep disorder breathing needs from the ages of 2 -92!
Only in the last 20 years has research established the connection between certain common childhood health issues and a single likely root: sleep-disordered breathing (SDB).
Pediatric sleep disorders impact a child’s behavioral, cognitive and physical development, with long-term consequences (Bonuck, Parikh, & Bassila, 2006; Montgomery & Dunne, 2007).
Children with SDB are 40 to 100 percent more likely to exhibit behavioral and emotional problems, including hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, social issues with peers, and conduct problems, including aggressiveness (Bonuck, 2012).
Children with crossbites (misaligned upper and lower teeth) are 3.3 times more likely to suffer from SDB, while children with convex facial profiles (i.e., receding chins) are 2.6 times more likely (Finland Study 2013, published in European Journal of Pediatrics).
Dr. Mark Musso is Airway Dynamics’ founding practitioner and chief medical officer. He has been treating patients with sleep breathing disorders for more than 20 years across Texas and surrounding states. He is a chief clinical advisor for Vivos Therapeutics, helping train and mentor other dentists all over the world. He is also a diplomat of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy.
Dr. Mark Musso is a pioneer and trusted expert in the field of dental sleep medicine for children and adults. He majored in zoology at Texas Tech Universitybefore earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree at the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston in 1994. He then joined his father and brother at their family practice where he practiced general dentistry, orthodontics, sleep dental medicine, and implant placement. Dr. Mark is excited to be able to focus exclusively on Dental Sleep Medicine and the health and wellbeing of his patients.
Dr. Musso continues to work at advancing his dental and sleep education. He believes that not all patients are the same and their sleep, orthodontics and TMJ/TMD needs are individually unique. The truth of this hit home when Dr. Musso recognized airway problems facing his own son. Interceptive treatment changed the trajectory of his son's overall wellbeing and improved the lives of his entire family. Dr. Musso never stops learning and finding new advanced treatment technologies and methodologies to improve the lives of his patients.
Get ready to meet Ruthann Valentine, the dental expert who has revolutionized the field of airway dentistry! With over 15 years of experience in the dental industry, Ruthann Valentine is a true leader in her field. Her expertise in airway dentistry, practice management, and team building has helped many doctors and teams all over the United States.
Over the years, Ruthann has honed her skills in practice management and team building as well. She has a natural talent for bringing people together and creating a positive, collaborative work environment. Her passion for helping others has led her to work with many non-profit organizations, where she has donated countless hours of her time to serving her community.
Despite her impressive career accomplishments, Ruthann's proudest achievement is being a devoted mother and wife She believes that balancing a successful career with a thriving family is the ultimate accomplishment, and she strives to be an inspiration to other working mothers everywhere.
Jennifer Pilarcik has been a registered dental assistant for 22 years, and during that time, she has gained valuable experience and knowledge in the field of sleep disorders. Jennifer has worked alongside Dr. Mark and Ruthann, where she has developed the skills and expertise necessary to effectively serve patients with sleep disorders.
However, Jennifer's true passion lies in helping patients with sleep disorders. She takes the time to listen to each patient's concerns and works closely with Dr. Mark Musso and Ruthann to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses their specific needs. Jennifer is dedicated to educating patients on the importance of sleep health and provides ongoing support to ensure they receive the best possible care.
When Jennifer isn't working, she enjoys spending time with her family and staying active. She lives what she trains on a daily basis, making sure to prioritize her own sleep health and well-being.
Jennifer Pilarcik, RDA
Welcome to the Enthralling World of Airway Dentistry!
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Jeffrey WEst, MD, FACS
Sleep Mini-Residency Program
Unlock Your Potential in Dental Sleep Medicine at the 2024 Sleep Mini-Residency!
Picture this - you have a burning passion for dental sleep medicine. You can't wait to make a difference in the lives of your patients, but there's a mountain of challenges that are making your journey seemingly impossible. You're not alone!
What if I told you that there's a golden ticket that could navigate you through these hurdles? A ticket that doesn't just guide you over the obstacles, but also hands you the tools, skills, and knowledge to thrive in your practice?
Enter the 2024 Sleep Mini-Residency! This isn't just a 2-session CE course program. It's a comprehensive journey that equips you with everything you need for a successful dental sleep medicine implementation and practice growth.
But wait, there's more!
Our team isn't just a group of professionals. It's a melting pot of views from both the dental and medical points of view. This unique blend of perspectives ensures a comprehensive understanding of sleep density and its impact on patient care.
But we're not stopping at just teaching you how to treat patients. Imagine knowing not just how to implement the treatment, but also how to market it effectively, and even increase your revenue! It's like having a secret recipe that transforms you into a master chef in the kitchen of dental sleep medicine.
So, are you ready to dive in and turn your passion into a thriving practice? We can't wait to welcome you to the 2024 Sleep Mini-Residency!
Dr. Jeffrey West is a highly trained Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon with over 20 years of experience. He specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders of the ear, nose, and throat, including allergy management, hearing loss, and sinus surgery.
Dr. West received his undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of Oklahoma and his medical degree from the same institution. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of South Florida and is board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
West is affiliated with several hospitals and surgery centers in Texas, including Baylor Surgicare at Heath, Baylor Surgicare at North Garland, Presbyterian Hospital of Rockwall, Lake Pointe Medical Center, and Rockwall Surgery Center. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngologic Allergy, and the Texas Medical Association.
Dr. West's expertise, combined with his compassionate approach to patient care, has earned him a reputation as one of the top Otolaryngologists in Texas. He is committed to providing personalized and effective treatments to help his patients achieve optimal health