2020 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

Matching Patients to Appliance Therapy 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

Getting Started with Sleep Appliances


Adding a new service to a busy practice is challenging. It requires new skills of team building, systems creation, and time management. Billing, continuing care, and appointment systems will all be impacted, so focusing on the rewards available will energize your team to make a bigger difference in your patient’s health than you thought possible.

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

· Plan a team training program that will help every person see their role

· Develop systems for their practice that reduce barriers to implementation

· Use improved verbal skills to lead the patients to asking for therapy

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 

The Troublesome Connection Between TMD and Airway


Patients present to dental offices with TMD and headache; dentists are experts in helping them achieve health. Most dentists don’t ask about other somatic pain syndromes or take a detailed history that might reveal airway problems that could be part of the problem. This lecture establishes why these medical conditions can be linked and provides tools to help the dentist manage many chronic conditions.

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

· Take a more detailed history with better questions

· Reduce the uncertainty diagnosing chronic pain problems

· Approach therapy with greater confidence

Pediatric Airway Therapy 2020

Children are not just little adults and cannot be identified, diagnosed, treated, or followed the same as our adult patients with sleep related breathing disorders. We must reframe our entire thought process and rethink our clinical systems to help them grow to their maximum potential. In this talk, we’ll discuss how to identify children at risk from birth to adolescence, how to communicate to families and other providers, what treatments are possible and when, and how to follow these children to ensure their path to health.

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

· Ask the right questions from families to identify children at risk for SRBD

· Discuss with families and other providers the various age-appropriate treatment options 

· Outline how to begin habit correction therapy as soon as possible

· Devise a follow-up plan to make sure kids are on a healthy growth plan

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