2019 Course Descriptions


Introduction to Dental Sleep Medicine for the General Dental Team


 AM: This is an overview of sleep disordered breathing and what the dental team can do to impact the health of their patients.  We cover basics of sleep, dental appliances, how to work with sleep physicians to market your service, and touch on medical insurance interaction.

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 SDB

· Apply basic sleep appliance therapy to selected patients

· Communicate with sleep physicians about collaborative care

            PM:   For those offices currently providing sleep appliances, we discuss complications, titration and follow-up testing, dig a bit deeper into marketing and team development.  We discuss more complex sleep disorders they might be encountering.

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

· 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

Practical Dental Sleep Medicine Workshop


Attendees will be given rationale for matching the patient to the right choice of Mandibular Advancement Device, troubleshoot problems they have had in practice, experience taking records for making excellent appliances, 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 lecture 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

· Be familiar with what data needs to be found on sleep reports

Sleep Bruxism – It May Not Mean What You Think it Means


               This program focuses on something dentists see frequently in their patients.  Not only are many people unaware of the condition, but many dentists may not appreciate the medical implications not only of the bruxism, but also of what we as dentists typically provide for treatment.  This will help dentists think beyond tooth protection to possibly addressing a serious medical problem.

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

· Know what questions to ask to determine the proper therapy

· How to differentiate between sleep bruxism and obstructive sleep apnea

· Communicate with sleep physicians to aid diagnosis 

Stopping Sleep Apnea where it Grows – Pediatric Considerations


Managing obstructive sleep apnea in adults involves invasive therapy. What are we learning about recognizing the disease in children and intervening in their growth years to improve early childhood health and reduce risk for sleep disordered breathing in adults?  This lecture will present the latest research from pediatrics, sleep medicine, orthodontics, and behavioral therapy to alert the dental team to recognize at-risk children and discuss diagnosis and treatment options with parents and healthcare providers.

At the end of the lecture, participants will be able to:

· Identify from history and appearance children who might be at risk for sleep disordered breathing

· Communicate the health risks of untreated SDB in children

· Outline diagnostic and treatment possibilities

· Coordinate with sleep physicians and orthodontists to guide therapy outcome expectations

Team Systems for Dental Sleep Medicine


Developed in collaboration with the Pride Institute, this will blend patient experience training with office team systems to enhance the impact starting this new service can have for the office. We will cover the ‘Why’ behind offering sleep apnea appliances, marketing, and dealing with medical providers and third party payors. There is a section on building a proper medical examination and the language behind “E&M Coding” so medical claim forms can be sent with confidence.

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

· Lead dental office teams to understand the importance of treating sleep disorders

· Describe the difference between dental and medical patient experiences

· Illustrate medical claim details and supporting documentation required

Customize Your Program

Dr. Carstensen can create a custom program based on your group's interests and needs.  Contact Seattle Sleep Education for more details

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