The Role of the Dentist in Treating Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Richard B. Drake, DDS
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Friday, February 8, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Biomedical Research Tower (OSU Campus)

Course Format: Lecture
CE Hours: 7.0


Fifty to seventy million Americans suffer from a sleep related problem. Sleep related breathing disorders, such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, are at the top of this list. Less than 10% of these patients have been diagnosed. As dentists, we are in a prime position to be the first to recognize this disorder and to help steer patients in the right direction to get diagnosed. We also have the ability to help treat many of these patients, thus improving their quality of life as well as possibly saving their life!

This lecture will include the following topics:

  • Understand normal breathing and airway anatomy and the problems and variants that lead to snoring and obstructive sleep apnea
  • Learn the health risks associated with sleep disordered breathing
  • Learn the basics of normal and aberrant sleep
  • Learn the effects of sub-optimal sleep on health and quality of life
  • Recognize those symptoms and behaviors that may indicate sleep disordered breathing
  • Understand current and proposed diagnostic methods for sleep apnea and the role of dentists in the team approach
  • Discuss obesity trends and its effect on sleep apnea
  • How to help patients get a sleep study
  • Review the current treatment modalities for snoring and for mild, moderate and severe OSA
  • Explore the role that dentists can play in the management of sleep disordered breathing
  • Learn how to choose the correct dental device for each patient
  • Learn how to titrate various popular dental devices as well as where to start a patient and how fast to titrate
  • Understand the side effects of oral appliance therapy and how to manage them
  • Learn the basics of how to bill medical insurance
  • Learn how to communicate with physicians

Course Fee:
Dentist: $295
RDH/DA/Staff: $195

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  • Where

  • Biomedical Research Tower
    460 W. 12th Avenue
    Columbus, Ohio 43210