Dental: Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Comprehensive Review for Dental Professionals, 2nd Edition

19.95
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About the CourseSleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a common condition, causing a range of harmful clinical, social, and economic sequelae. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep-related breathing disorder. The prevalence of OSA is increasing rapidly. Dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants are well positioned to recognize this disorder, refer patients for appropriate testing, and successfully treat patients through the use of oral appliances (OAs). Dental professionals trained in treating SDB are a vital part of a multidisciplinary team on the forefront of dealing with this serious public health issue.

Most current dental school curricula do not give dental students the appropriate knowledge base and clinical experience to treat patients with OSA. Therefore, postgraduate training, beginning with a comprehensive didactic course such as this, is essential.

This course reviews OSA from a dental perspective. It addresses current findings on the links between overall health and OSA and cites common presenting symptoms likely to be encountered in the dental practice. This intermediate-level course discusses the latest evidence-based diagnostic approaches for OSA and outlines recommended treatment strategies, including continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), OAs, and surgical intervention, to mitigate the health impact of this common condition. Several resources listed at the end of this course can provide dental professionals with further opportunities for education and training in this area.

Course Objectives
  1. Discuss the importance of sufficient sleep.
  2. Describe the prevalence, etiology, and risk factors associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
  3. Explain the clinical consequences of untreated OSA.
  4. Describe the screening and diagnosis of OSA.
  5. Identify the treatment options for OSA.

About the Author
Jeffrey L. Tarlow, DDS, earned his doctorate in dental surgery from Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry in Cleveland, Ohio, before pursuing a clinical fellowship in prosthetic dentistry at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and a residency in fixed and removable prosthodontics at the Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic in Boston. He served as a dentist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for more than 40 years, and for 34 of those years he was a staff prosthodontist. Dr. Tarlow was director of the General Practice Residency Program at the Manhattan campus of the Department of Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System from 1985 to 2016. Dr. Tarlow was a peer reviewer for The International Journal of Prosthodontics for 5 years and a principal investigator for two major dental implant clinical research studies; he has had 13 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Tarlow has lectured extensively on restorative and implant treatment for the geriatric patient.

AGD Subject Code: 160
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Comprehensive Review for Dental Professionals, 2nd Edition

19.95
About the CourseSleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a common condition, causing a range of harmful clinical, social, and economic sequelae. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep-related breathing disorder. The prevalence of OSA is increasing rapidly. Dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants are well positioned to recognize this disorder, refer patients for appropriate testing, and successfully treat patients through the use of oral appliances (OAs). Dental professionals trained in treating SDB are a vital part of a multidisciplinary team on the forefront of dealing with this serious public health issue.

Most current dental school curricula do not give dental students the appropriate knowledge base and clinical experience to treat patients with OSA. Therefore, postgraduate training, beginning with a comprehensive didactic course such as this, is essential.

This course reviews OSA from a dental perspective. It addresses current findings on the links between overall health and OSA and cites common presenting symptoms likely to be encountered in the dental practice. This intermediate-level course discusses the latest evidence-based diagnostic approaches for OSA and outlines recommended treatment strategies, including continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), OAs, and surgical intervention, to mitigate the health impact of this common condition. Several resources listed at the end of this course can provide dental professionals with further opportunities for education and training in this area.

Course Objectives
  1. Discuss the importance of sufficient sleep.
  2. Describe the prevalence, etiology, and risk factors associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
  3. Explain the clinical consequences of untreated OSA.
  4. Describe the screening and diagnosis of OSA.
  5. Identify the treatment options for OSA.

About the Author
Jeffrey L. Tarlow, DDS, earned his doctorate in dental surgery from Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry in Cleveland, Ohio, before pursuing a clinical fellowship in prosthetic dentistry at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and a residency in fixed and removable prosthodontics at the Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic in Boston. He served as a dentist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for more than 40 years, and for 34 of those years he was a staff prosthodontist. Dr. Tarlow was director of the General Practice Residency Program at the Manhattan campus of the Department of Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System from 1985 to 2016. Dr. Tarlow was a peer reviewer for The International Journal of Prosthodontics for 5 years and a principal investigator for two major dental implant clinical research studies; he has had 13 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Tarlow has lectured extensively on restorative and implant treatment for the geriatric patient.

AGD Subject Code: 160