St. Augustine, Fla. – Stephanie Kinsey, DDS, owner and founder of Palencia Dental in St. Augustine, Fla. recently attended the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics (ICCMO) 30th Annual Bernard Jankelson Memorial Lecture Forum in Kansas City, Missouri. She participated in the professional organization’s medical sessions from September 26 until September 29. Dr. Kinsey joined hundreds of professionals from around the world during the meeting with commentary and opinions about scientific presentations for neuromuscular dental medicine, and the latest technologies in clinical and professional interests.

The forum was held as an American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) Recognized provider which assists dental professionals in continuing education courses. ICCMO designated the recent forum for 16.5 continuing education credits. Dr. Kinsey participated in lectures and classes focusing on her specializations with sleep apnea, posture, neuromuscular restorative and orthodontic treatment, bite management, occlusal and equilibration.

A highlight of the conference included Dr. Kinsey’s coursework studies in disclusion time reduction (DTR) with Dr. Ben Sutter. DTR is a specialized dental treatment procedure which requires the use of a T-Scan assessment tool used to evaluate and identify force and timing, two of the most fundamental parameters for measuring occlusion and contact between teeth. The advanced technology evaluates and records electrical activity produced by skeletal muscle activity and the positive treatment for chronic pain conditions and hypersensitive teeth. New computer technology uses a highly specialized hand piece and scan device. According to Dr. Kinsey, DTR is a milestone option in treating trigeminal neuralgia and chronic pain which has been a challenging diagnosis.

Another course she attended included the study of facial development with specific appliances in the adult population to increase airway and treat sleep apnea, and to potentially eliminate the malady. Medical solutions for sleep-disordered breathing include using biomimetics, a type of tooth-conserving dentistry with oral appliance therapy.

Dr. Kinsey specializes in the relationship between Temporomandibular disorders (TMD), disorders that develop from problems with the fit between the upper and lower teeth, the jaw joint, and the muscles in the face that control chewing and moving the jaw. TMD and sleep-disordered breathing can be treated with procedures using orthopedic joint congruence, the measurement of two opposing joint surfaces, and yoga to potentially improve sleep issues, quality of life, posture problems, and others.

“Studying with professionals and academicians from all over the world is of great benefit to my patients. Current research and discussions will help to change many lives through advanced dental and oral health,” said Dr. Kinsey. Previously, Dr. Kinsey attended and served as a presenter at ICCMO global sessions for several years.

The ICCMO was establish in 1984 as the global voice of scientific advancement and education in occlusion, neuromuscular dentistry, and TMJ, TMD diagnosis and treatment. The not for profit organization provides an open forum for the exchange of ideas, practices, and research in an environment of fellowship and professionalism. Dr. Kinsey is a longtime member of the professional organization and is committed to helping patients with science -based technology and techniques, and state of the art biomedical instrumentation. Her recent participation in the three-day event included some of the highest levels of dental training available.

Dr. Kinsey is an American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) Qualified Dentist and has been practicing dentistry for more than 20 years. Her St. Augustine, northwest St. Johns County dentistry practice is dedicated to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of one’s smile combining conservative and state-of-the-art procedures along with advanced dental medicine and aesthetics. She is a Fellow with The International Association of Physiologic Aesthetics (IAPA) and serves as a member and Fellow with IAPA’s founding organization, the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI).

Dr. Kinsey graduated with honors in 1994 from the University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver, Colorado. She was accepted into a General Practice Residency in Chicago, Illinois at the Illinois Masonic Medical Center where she was invited to stay a second year and serve as chief resident. Palencia Dental is located at 159 Palencia Village Dr. Suites 107-109 in St. Augustine, Fla. For more information, call (904) 474-5444.