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Dental Sleep Medicine for the General Dental Team

Dr. Steve Carstensen, DDS

Oct. 2–3, 2015

Friday, Oct. 2
8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 3
8 a.m.–12:30

ADA Headquarters
211 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

11 CE Units

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Day 1: Dental Sleep Medicine for the General Dental Team

This is an overview of sleep disordered breathing and what the dental team can do to impact the health of their patients. This course will cover basics of sleep, dental appliances, how to work with sleep physicians to market your service, and touch on medical insurance interaction. For those offices currently providing sleep appliances, we will discuss complications, titration and follow-up testing, and dig a bit deeper into marketing and team development. More complex sleep disorders you might be encountering will also be discussed.

At the end of this lecture attendees will be able to:

-Describe sleep physiology, both what is normal and what is abnormal
-Illustrate to their patients the medical consequences of untreated Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB)
-Communicate with sleep physicians about collaborative care
-Develop a proper history of complications and create a treatment plan
-Create a system for calibration of the patient's airway using portable monitors
-Be familiar with current literature about commonly found sleep disorders
-Discuss other therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Day 2: Practical Dental Sleep Medicine Workshop

In this hands-on workshop, attendees will be given rationale behind choosing appliances for various types of patients, experience taking records for making excellent appliances, see a demo of common modifications that address frequent patient complaints, see what to look for on sleep reports, and take home a semi-custom temporary sleep appliance of their own.

At the end of this workshop attendees will be able to:

-Fit and discuss rationale of use of temporary appliances for SDB-Describe the various types of mandibular advancement devices and which patients they might be most appropriate for
-Have confidence recording the 3D bite registration and AM Aligner
-Know common modifications of several Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs)


Dr. Steve Carstensen, a diplomate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, has practiced dentistry for 30 years and sleep medicine since 1998. Collaborating with sleep doctors and teaching dentists nationwide to help people sleep better are the best things he has ever done as a dentist.