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Dentists have a major role in the management of sleep-disordered breathing by screening for potential sleep apnea, referring at-risk individuals to sleep physicians for diagnosis, and providing therapeutic oral appliances when appropriate. This course, presented by experts from the U.S.-based Sleep Group Solutions, debuts the first program on dental sleep medicine in Manitoba.
Day 1 will include lectures on sleep as it relates to breathing and dentistry, sleep states, parasomnias, vocabulary and terminology related to sleep apnea. Detailed information on co-morbidities, the clinical steps involved in screening for obstructive sleep apnea, patient education, and working with sleep physicians will also be discussed. Instructors will provide over-the-shoulder instruction on how to use pharyngometers, and rhinometers, and explore airway metrics. Overnight home sleep studies will be prepared for select course participants.
During the hands-on component on Day 2, instructors will download previous night’s home sleep test studies to review data and walk participants through step-by-step protocols. Participants will gain hands-on experience in working with various sleep appliances, and hear the pros and cons of these therapies, and learn how clinical observations enable practitioners to make better better appliance selections. The day will conclude by discussion of medical/legal issues associated with dental sleep medicine, how to collaborate with medical colleagues, and a re-cap of dental sleep medicine protocols.
Upon completion of the program, participants should be able to implement a clinical treatment model for sleep apnea. This is a MUST-attend program for dentists who are curious about the role they may play in the intervention of sleep apnea, or for those who are considering implementing protocols for the identification of at-risk patients and providing therapeutic oral appliances to treat sleep apnea.
John Nadeau, Vice President; Sleep Group Solutions
Jeff W. Horowitz, DMD, FAGD
Private Practice; Myrtle Beach, Conway and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
12 Hours of Continuing Dental Education (CDE) Credit
Offered with Support from the Dr. Robert D. Glenn Trust Fund