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

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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, DDS
  • “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
Oct. 27, 2017 UFCD Gainesville, FL 180378 142