Basics of Sleep Medicine, Snoring and
Obstructive Sleep Apnea for Dentists

The science of Sleep Medicine and treatment of sleep disorders have been going through explosive advances in the past two decades. The significant morbidity and mortality associated with Sleep disorders is well documented in literature. There is a growing interest among dental professionals to learn how to treat patients with sleep disordered breathing with oral appliances.

This course will help you understand basics of sleep medicine and philosophies of treatment of sleep disorders. At the end of the course you should have an in-depth knowledge into basics of sleep medicine, dental sleep medicine and a good understanding of when and how such a treatment modality could be incorporated into dental practice. Such a course would be a prelude to a full-fledged mini residency program for the practice of Dental Treatment of Obstructive sleep apnea.

Topics to be covered:
  • History of Sleep Medicine. Sleep Neurophysiology. Sleep cycles. Normal sleep rhythms.
  • Sleep Apnea and Sleep Breathing Disorders. OSA. Anatomy of OSA: basics for dentists.
  • Sleep Bruxism and Associated Sleep Disorders: implications of bruxism on treatment.
  • Patient Evaluation for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: TMJ screening/occlusion.
  • Dentist’s role in Sleep Apnea Treatment.
  • Role of Occlusion in TMD/OFP/Bruxism.
  • Dental Appliance Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: a primer for restorative dentists.
  • Practice Management in Dental Sleep Medicine.
  • Effect of Sleep disorders on Oral structures and Restorations.
Optional Clinical Hands-on Component
DAY 1:
  • Overview of OSA treatment clinical aspects.
  • Treatment / Practice protocols.
  • Impression techniques and appliance insertion protocols.
  • Bite registration.
  • Practice management and Re-call protocol.
DAY 2:
  • Appliance Insertion (TAP 3).
  • Trouble shooting.
  • Recall protocol.
  • Any other pertinent clinical or management issues.
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Department of Diagnostic Sciences
Disvision of Orofacial Pain

DAVIS THOMAS, BDS, DDS, MSD, MSc Med (Sleep Medicine)
Clinical Assistant Professor, Course Director

SOWMYA ANANTHAN, DMD, MSD, Assistant Professor

STANLEY MARKMAN, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor

BRUCE SOFFERMAN, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor

Lecture only:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
$175 for Dentists
$125 for Auxiliaries/Residents
6 credit hours

Lecture and Clinical Hands-on:
(Limited Enrollment)

Clinical Dates:
Two Fridays: October 13 and November 10, 2017
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (all days)
The Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
$695 for Dentists
18 credit hours
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