Mini Residency – Snoring, Sleep Apnoea, Bruxism, and TMD



At the dental continuing education lectures by Sleep Group Solutions, they explain the WHY and the HOW of these Obstructive Sleep Apnea connections:

WHY is High Blood Pressure a symptom of SA?
WHY is Acid Reflux (GERD) a symptom of SA?
WHY is Diabetes a symptom of SA?

Learn the risk factors and HOW they contribute to OSA:

Excess weight. Fat deposits around your upper airway may obstruct your breathing. However, not everyone who has sleep apnea is overweight. Thin people develop OSA, too.

Neck circumference. People with thicker necks may have narrower airways. Women- greater than 15? diameter and men-17? diameter are at greater risk.

A narrowed airway. You may have inherited a naturally narrow throat. Or, your tonsils or adenoids may become enlarged, which can block your airway. An enlarged or inflamed uvula will block the airway.

Being male. Men are twice as likely to have sleep apnea. However, women increase their risk if they’re overweight, and their risk also appears to rise after menopause.

Age. Sleep apnea occurs significantly more often in adults over 60.

Family history. If you have family members with sleep apnea, you may be at increased risk.

Race. In people under 35 years old, dark skin people are more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea.

Use of alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers. These substances relax the muscles in your throat.

Smoking. Smokers are three times more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea than are people who’ve never smoked. Smoking may increase the amount of inflammation and fluid retention in the upper airway. This risk likely drops after you quit smoking.

Nasal congestion. If you have difficulty breathing through your nose — whether it’s from an anatomical problem or allergies — you’re more likely to develop obstructive sleep apnea.

Brand yourself as a Doctor who understands, discovers, and treats sleep problems. Our new mini-residency in sleep disordered breathing starts in 2017.


Course Outline.

Module 1

  • A look into normal sleep and its systemic consequences to differentiate between normal and abnormal sleep and to help you communicate more effectively with patients
  • The philosophy and realities of introducing dental sleep medicine into practice.
  • Each participant will undertake a private sleep study using an ambulatory monitor.
  • Discover which patients in your practice are at risk of OSA and recognise how snoring and sleep apnoea occur.
  • Learn how to physically examine these sleep apnoeic patients
  • Understand the basics of sleep, identify the signs, symptoms and health risks of OSA.
  • Be able to intelligently discuss all snoring and sleep apnea treatment options with patients.
  • Recognise medical protocols used to evaluate, diagnose and treat OSA, including details of medical diagnostic (polysomnography) and treatment (CPAP) modalities.
  • Become familiar with the anatomy and physiology of the airway.

Module 2

  • Have all the forms necessary to help with data retrieval and communicate with physicians.
  • Learns how to treat the snorer/apnoeic in the dental office while making sure you don’t get into trouble.
  • Dental screening for SDB, including questionnaires and dental, head and neck examination.
  • Deliver a lab-fabricated sleep appliance.
  • Discover the secrets to market the sleep disorder part of your practice.
  • Analyse both a home sleep study and a PSG.
  • A literature-based view of the design, effectiveness, and potential problems with oral appliance therapy.
  • Home monitoring devices for initial screening and subsequent monitoring of mandibular advancement device (MAD) therapy.
  • Sleep wake cycles.

Module 3

  • Stages of sleep.
  • The many disorders or disturbances of sleep.
  • The sleep breathing disorder continuum.
  • Epidemiology of sleep victims.
  • Sequelae of obstructive sleep apnea.

Items to include on your health history

  • The relationship between SDB and GERD, Bruxism, and TMD — pathophysiology and management.
  • A no-nonsense view of surgical options and predictability.

Module 4

  • An introduction to paediatric sleep disorders and related co-morbidities.
  • 10 treatments (and counting) for sleep breathing disorders.
  • Different types of oral appliances for treating the SBD patient.
  • Side effects of appliances.
  • Protocol for your office.
  • Learn techniques for playing the medical insurance game.



2017 – Course Dates:

Module # Date
1 11 – 12 March 2017
2 27 – 28th May 2017
3 5 – 6th August 2017
4 11 – 12th November 2017

2018 – Course Dates:

Module # Date
1 3 – 4 March 2018
2 19 – 20th May 2018
3 25 – 26th August 2018
4 10 – 11th November 2018


Course Times:

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Course Fee:

$1600 per Module.

10% discount if you pay 4 Modules upfront


Dental Education Centre

6/85 Bourke Road

Alexandria, NSW 2015



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