Oral Appliance Treatment Challenges Curriculum

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Dealing with Difficult OSA Patients Course

1 CE Credit

Instructor: Steve Carstensen, DDS

Duration: 1:04:13

Course Objectives

  • Understand the importance of knowing your patient’s medical history and chief complaints.
  • Learn how to manage patients who have difficulty with oral appliance accommodation.
  • Understand how to match specific oral appliances to patients with difficult dentition.
  • Learn how to handle complications when treating patients.

Full Course Description

Dr. Carstensen presents ways to manage some of the most challenging patient issues with oral appliance therapy.  He starts with identifying challenging patients through review of their medical history and by getting to know patients personally before beginning treatment.  He offers critical information on troubleshooting techniques with difficult OSA patients through case examples. He presents the best tools for dealing with difficult therapy.

Solving Complicated Cases for Oral Appliance Therapy Course

1 CE Credit

Instructor: John Tucker, DMD

Duration: 58:17

Course Objectives

  • Learn how to approach complicated cases for OAT
  • Learn about the complications of oral appliance therapy and how to deal with them.
  • Learn why extending the neck opens up the airway.

Full Course Description

There is are plenty of complications that come with treating sleep patients with oral appliance therapy. In this course, you will learn to problem solve and understand the decision making process of treating obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Tucker will go through his experiences treating tough cases for oral appliance therapy.

Problem Solving Challenges with non-Favorable Changes in AHI Post OAT Treatment Course

1 CE Credit

Instructor: John Tucker, DMD

Duration: 1:09:31

Course Objectives

  • Understand where AHI comes from and why we use it as a measure of obstructive apnea.
  • Learn about nasal resistance and how it relates to OSA.
  • Know what to do for the non-responder to OAT.
  • Learn about metabolic syndrome disease.

Full Course Description

When you treat a patient with Oral Appliance Therapy you may find the patient’s AHI is reduced, but they still experience a number of apneic events. This patient needs your help! Dr. Tucker will go through the steps to on how to treat patients with non favorable changes in AHI post OAT Treatment.

Challenges in Screening & Treating the Female OSA Patient Course

1 CE Credit

Instructor: John Tucker, DMD

Duration: 44:23

Course Objectives

  • Learn about the differences between sleep in women and sleep in men.
  • Understand how sleep changes in the pregnant female.
  • Understand sleep changes in women across the lifespan and how treatment can vary.
  • Learn about mood disorders and the relationship to sleep in women.

Full Course Description

For years sleep apnea patients have been perceived as the overweight middle-aged man’s disease. Women are commonly overlooked in the screening process and are often less outspoken about their symptoms. Dr. Tucker will go through the reasons why women should be included in the screening process and how to treat the female patient in your practice.  He will review the differences between how women sleep compared to men.

Dental and Skeletal Changes Associated with Oral Appliance Therapy Course

1 CE Credit

Instructor: John Tucker, DMD

Duration: 1:00:46

Course Objectives

  • Understand how and why dental and skeletal changes take place during OAT.
  • Review the parameters investigated to assess dental and skeletal movements.
  • Learn how to deal with the dental and skeletal changes associated with long term oral appliance use.
  • Understand the OA mechanism of action.

Full Course Description

Join Dr. Tucker as he reviews current trends in the literature regarding occlusal changes associated with Oral Appliance Therapy.  He also discusses side effects related to the TMJ, Intramural tissue, damage to teeth or restorations and appliance issues.

Adding Vertical to an Oral Appliance - When, Where and How Course

1 CE Credit

Instructor: John Tucker, DMD

Duration: 58:58

Course Objectives

  • Learn about various predictors for successful OAT treatment
  • Review the house palatal classification
  • Learn techniques to identify when and how to add vertical component
  • Review AHI changes with patient’s treatment with and without adding vertical

Full Course Description

Dr. Tucker will review some of his successful and unsuccessful cases with oral appliance therapy. He will present studies on the effects of vertical opening and the potential changes of the patient’s treatment. This course will help you identify when and how to add a vertical component to an oral sleep appliance.