The Role of the Healthcare Professional in Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Cranial Facial Pain

New Course

Course Description

Since 2005 oral appliances have been outlined as a primary treatment for mild and moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in their published Practice Parameters. It is recommended that 25 percent of the American population be screened for sleep disordered breathing (SDB) and to date 90% of SDB has not been diagnosed. The most recognizable symptom of SDB is bruxism. The most common treatment of bruxism is a nightguard. Current literature demonstrates that nightguards when produced for patients with apnea make their condition 50% worse 40% of the time.

This program will discuss why the need for a comprehensive evaluation of symptoms is necessary for successful treatment. The interdisciplinary treatment approach allows for success in therapies by appropriate healthcare providers and at what point in therapy a referral in indicated. An overview of how structural and postural changes of the head, neck and TM Joints can be directly related to breathing.

Course Objectives

Doctors will learn:

  • How to identify signs and symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing and OSA in your dental patients
  • How and Why there are no age boundaries of conditions
  • Why the need for a comprehensive evaluation of symptoms is necessary for successful treatment
  • How to be an integral part of the multidisciplinary team in treating patients with Oral Appliances for the treatment of OSA and other Sleep Breathing Disorders
  • How to work with Board Certified Sleep Physicians and the treatment options for patients


Steven Olmos

  • Steven Olmos, DDS
  • Dr. Steven Olmos has been in private practice for more than 30 years, with the last 20 years devoted to research and treatment of craniofacial pain, temporomandibular disorder (TMD), and sleep-disordered breathing. He obtained his DDS from the University of Southern California
    School of Dentistry and and is Board Certified in both chronic pain and Sleep Related Breathing Disorders by the American Board of Crainofacial pain, The American Academy of Pain Management, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, and American Board of Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine.
  • Dr. Olmos is the founder of TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centres International, with over 40 licensed locations in seven countries dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of craniofacial pain and sleep disorders. Dr. Olmos is an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry, where his system of diagnosis and treatment is utilized at the school’s Sleep Breathing & Craniofacial Pain Center. He is currently the president of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain.
  • “I declare that neither I nor any member of my family has a financial arrangement or affiliation with any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this continuing dental education program greater than $999, nor do I have a financial interest greater than $1,000 in any commercial product(s) I will discuss in the presentation.”

Continuing Education Units

7 CEUs. Participation.
AGD# 142


  • Dentist Fee: $499 (Early Bird) / $549 (Regular Fee)
  • Auxiliary Fee: $249 (Early Bird) / $299 (Regular Fee)
  • Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Dates Location Course # AGD
4/20/2018 UFCD Gainesville, FL 180378 142


Continuing Dental Education at UFCD wishes to express its appreciation to Braebon, Kavokerr, Johns Dental, Bioresearch, and Myofunctional Research for unrestricted educational grants, which helped to make this course possible.