Dental Sleep Medicine – Take Control in Treating Your Patients on Monday
Speaker: Dr. Barry Glassman
This course has been specifically designed to introduce dental sleep medicine concepts in an entertaining, honest and straightforward fashion using evidenced based concepts and emphasizing the model change required to successfully implement these concepts into a general dental practice.
Many commercial organizations are bombarding dentists with information about the potential role of dentistry is sleep medicine; unfortunately, only a fraction of those who take the courses that are consequently to learn sleep medicine have ever successfully added these concepts to their general practice. This course will teach not only the concepts of sleep medicine but emphasize the challenges for the general dentist that need to be addressed successfully to benefit help your patients with sleep disturbed breathing conditions.
Basic Sleep principles, including both the physiology of sleep and the pathophysiology of obstructive sleep apnea, will be taught in detail. A short history of the disorder and a section on epidemiology is included. Treatment alternatives will be reviewed, and of course oral appliance therapy will be taught in detail. A critically important section on bruxism, a movement disorder of sleep, as well as a section on dealing with the temporomandibular joint issues and other comorbidities of oral appliance therapy including the “dreaded” occlusal changes, will emphasize the difference between fact and fiction.
Barry Glassman, DMD, received his dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973. He lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania where he maintained a private practice limited to chronic pain management, head and facial pain, temporomandibular joint dysfunction and dental sleep medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, a Fellow of the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International, and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. He is on staff at the Lehigh Valley Hospital where he serves as a resident instructor of Craniomandibular Dysfunctions and Sleep Disorders. He is a Diplomate of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and is Board Certified in Dental Sleep Medicine. He continues to consult for the Allentown Sleep and Pain Center, teach both sleep and TMD and Bruxism courses for General Dentistry, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Therapeutic Solutions, International. He continues to mentor individual dentists and physicians toward the goal of an improved Sleep Medicine model encouraging a patient centric system.
Upon completion of the course, attendees will be able to:
- Comprehend the basic science of sleep medicine.
- Understand the role of oral appliance therapy in sleep medicine and be prepared to initiate oral appliance therapy in your treatment regimen.
- Effectively screen patients for sleep disturbed breathing.
- Understand the importance of diagnosis and why snoring appliances without diagnosis are contraindicated.
- Appreciate the importance of coordinated care with our medical colleagues and gain the skills needed to coordinate care for your mutual patients.
- Gain a new appreciation for when and why occlusion matters and how that determines the design of bruxism appliances.
- Master appropriate screening and diagnostic procedures and alternatives for increased access to care.
- Document diagnosis and treatment appropriately for “Track 1 and Track 2 patients.”
- Increase your referral pattern beyond your own patients.
- Gain sufficient knowledge of the types of appliances that are available as well as being prepared to now only choose an appliance but effectively prescribe and manage the chosen appliance.
- Gain the skills required to diagnose the potential untoward effects of oral appliance therapy and treat them accordingly.
- Gain an appreciation for evidenced based therapy and have that evidence at your fingertips for your reference as needed
- Appropriately apply the risk/benefit quotient when treating patients in relationship to any occlusal changes or the other untoward effects that may occur.
- Appreciate the epidemiology of sleep medicine and use that evidence in treatment decision making
- Return to the office with a renewed confidence in one’s knowledge not only in sleep disturbed breathing, but in issues that involve occlusion and joint dysfunction.
In the case of cancellation by registrant, refunds will be made if received in writing NO LATER than two weeks (14 days) prior to start of course date. A $100 processing fee is charged on refunds. DSN reserves the right to change speakers, equipment/materials used or course dates without notice due to unforeseen circumstances. In the rare event that attendance is insufficient, participants will be notified of cancellation or reschedule two weeks prior to course date and a full refund will be given. In such circumstance, organizers will not be held liable for any expenses already incurred by any participant.