Sleep is essential for life. Sleep medicine is the fastest growing branch of medicine in the western world today. Snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea are extremely common conditions and are grossly under diagnosed. The dental team is increasingly involved in dental sleep medicine, screening and in the management of these conditions, which have profound effects on patient’s lives.
- To provide a brief overview of Dental sleep medicine and the role of the dental team in this rapidly expanding area of health care.
- Outline of the conditions comprising dental sleep medicine.
- Prevalence, aetiology and risk factors.
- Impact on health.
- Patient screening, diagnosis and case assessment and selection.
- Overview of management options.
- The role of the dentist in multidisciplinary patient care.
- Mandibular advancement devices
- Choices with advantages and disadvantages.
- Patient management
- Pitfalls and treatment complications.
- Medic legal requirement for dentists involved with sleep apnoea and snoring
The course whilst primarily aimed at Dentists is also of interest to allied dental and medical professionals.
Following the course, participants should
- Be aware of snoring and sleep apnoea and allied conditions comprising dental sleep medicine.
- Have an overview of the causes, impact on life and aggravating factors.
- Be able to screen patients for these conditions.
- Understand basic diagnostic measures
- Be aware of the specialties and methods employed treating patients.
- Understand the role of the dentist in dental sleep medicine.
- Recognise mandibular advancement devices and selection criteria.
- Be aware of the advantages and risks associated with MAD treatment
- Recognise the dentists medicolegal responsibilities