Obstructive Sleep Apnea Fundamentals(Dentistry’s role)

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Fundamentals
(Dentistry’s role)

  • Friday & Saturday, September 7-8, 2012 (CST)
  • Location: Memphis, TN. This course will be held on the UTHSC campus in the Humphreys General Education Building, at the corner of Madison and Dunlap. Parking is available in the parking garage located at 869 Madison Avenue, next to the building. Parking is $5
  • 16 CE Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $399 per dentist/ $325 per auxiliary and includes lunch on Friday and Saturday
  • *All tuition and fees are due in full at the time of registration. Class space is limited; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration less than 10 business days prior to the course is subject to available space and a $25 late registration fee.*
    • SPECIAL OFFER! Book on or before Friday, June 8, 2012 and receive $100 off of tuition.
  • Course Presenters: Dr. Steven R. Olmos, Dr. Melody Barron, and Dr. Amado Freire
  • Course Registration Form


Obstructed sleep apnea (OSA) has a higher prevalence in patients seeking dental care. Medicine has asked dentistry to participate in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea because of the significant comorbidity health risks and the unique characteristics of the oral pharyngeal airway. Screening/ Diagnosis and treatment for sleep breathing disorders are not comprehensively taught in either medical or dental schools presently. This course will provide the necessary steps for identification and working with a board-certified sleep physician, for the optimum treatment options for these patients. Further, this course, will overview from the physician and dental perspective: Screening, diagnosis, treatment options, medical billing, appliance design, mandibular positioning techniques, and follow-up reevaluations.

Upon conclusion, attendees should be able to

Understand the basics of sleep pathology, the comorbidity of chronic pain (TMD)/ primary headaches, bruxism, and medical comorbidities with OSA. Identify/ screen dental patient’s for OSA, know how to work with a board certified sleep physician for the optimal treatment of sleep disorders. Apply a data collection system that will enable them to produce a treatment plan for sleep disordered breathing (OSA); deliver reproducible successful treatment for these disorders, and understand the potential risks and complications with oral appliance therapy for the treatment of OSA. Understand the complexities of medical billing and how to develop a successful dental sleep medicine practice.


Friday- Day 1

7:30 - 8:00 A.M. Registration

8:00 - 10:00 A.M. Basics of Sleep (Dr. Olmos)

  • Epidemiology
  • Bruxism
  • OSA and Craniofacial pain, TMD, primary headache comorbidity
  • Risks of OSA: Medical comorbidities

10:00 - 10:15 A.M. Break

10:15 - 12:00 P.M. The Spectrum of Sleep Disorders (Sleep Physician)

  • Diagnoses of sleep-disordered breathing
  • How to read a PSG report
  • Treatment of OSA: Positive air pressure, surgery, combination or alternative therapies

12:00 - 1:00 P.M. Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 P.M. Treatment of OSA (Dr. Olmos)

  • Oral Appliances

2:00 – 3:00 P.M. Dental Patient Screening for OSA/sleep disorders (Dr. Olmos)

  • ARES, STOP, Olmos forms easily used by staff

3:00 - 3:15 P.M. Break

3:15 - 5:30 P.M. Medical Reimbursement and Documentation (Dr. Olmos)

  • Patient Data Collection
  • Billing systems
  • Medicare
  • Sleep apnea management program

Saturday – Day 2

7:30 - 8:00 A.M. Arrival

8:00 - 10:00 A.M. Building the DSM practice

  • Incorporating
  • Implementing
  • Marketing

10:00 - 10:15 A.M. Break

10:15 - 11:00 P.M. Examinations for Oral Appliance Therapy

  • Appliance decision-making
  • Impressions
  • Appliance modifications

11:00 - 12:30 P.M. Registration Techniques (hands-on workshop or live demonstration)

  • Sibilant Phenome
  • George gauge

12:30 - 1:30 P.M. Lunch

1: 30 -3:30 P.M. Delivery of Appliances

  • Titrations
  • Complications
  • Follow-ups
  • Case examples

3:30 - 3: 45 P.M. Break

3:45 - 5:00 P.M. Continuing Care of the Sleep Patient

  • Sleep organizations, certification
  • Question and answers