Dentist Dr. Roy Hakala, St. Paul, Minnesota Discusses the ACSDD Annual Conference

Dr. Roy V. Hakala with Minnesota Craniofacial Center in St. Paul, N and Dental Director of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines explains that the Academy will hold its annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona September 25 and 26, 2015.

Dr. Hakala points out that the Academy has a history of producing annual conferences that have all been rated as outstanding by the attendees. The conferences are truly interdisciplinary, providing attendees with multiple perspectives on the problem of sleep disorders. Attendees come away with valuable information to help them work better as health care providers, understanding the perspectives, priorities, and concerns of members of other professions also involved in sleep medicine.

Dr. Roy Hakala

Dr. Roy Hakala

The result is better patient care. Over the years, conference topics have covered a wide range: pediatrics, teens, young adults, adults, and seniors. Speakers have included physicians, dentists, and doctors with a variety of specialties. Formal presentations are structured to include time for questions from the floor, and presenters have been very responsive to special concerns and situations of particular attendees. And the networking time allows for some additional valuable learning.

While the conference is an intense learning experience, says Dr. Hakala, it is not stiff or formal. The conferences are presented so as to be fun and engaging. Attendees have the opportunities to develop friendships with others in the sleep medicine field.

Dr. Roy V. Hakala graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1975 and has been working in the field of TMJ disorders and obstructive sleep apnea ever since. He established the Minnesota Craniofacial Center, P.C., specifically for the treatment of these disorders in 1994. Dr. Hakala is, among other things, a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain and a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. He spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content.