You're Saving Teeth, But Are You Saving Lives? Intro to Dental Sleep Medicine
Thursday, May 7
Time: 8:30 - 11:30 am
Course Code: T 170
Quick Summary: Screening your dental patients for signs and symptoms of breathing disorders is the first step of several that could possibly dramatically improve someone's quality of life and, in the severest of cases, save a life. The entire dental team should understand their role in this process.
Fee: Doctors $63 All Others $22
Course Description: Dental sleep medicine is one of the fastest growing areas of dentistry. Dentists, hygienists, and the entire dental team should understand the fundamentals of screening patients for airway issues to be able to refer them, when necessary, for further analysis and possible treatment. This course will provide an overview of snoring, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), sleep bruxism, and the untreated health ramifications. This fast-paced course will raise your awareness of OSA and get your practices started in screening and testing your patients for OSA.
- Understand obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and why the dental team should be involved in dental sleep medicine.
- Learn the spectrum of sleep disordered breathing (SDB) from snoring to OSA.
- Understand the relationship of OSA to sleep bruxism.
- Gain knowledge about the scope of the problem and understand how many patients are walking through our office doors every day whom we might be able to help.
- Learn the health risks associated with SDB.
- Learn a simple and effective way to screen your existing patient population for sleep related disorder.
Course most appropriate for: Dentists, Hygienists, and Assistants
C.E. Hours: 3 clinical hours
Academy of General Dentistry Code: 160