Oral Appliance Treatment & Therapy Curriculum

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Bite Registrations - How to Take a Bite Course

1 CE Credit

Instructor: John Tucker, DMD

Duration: 49:12

Course Objectives

  • Learn how to take a bite.
  • Understand how much to advance an oral appliance.
  • Understand what your definition of “successful treatment” might be compared to that of the physician.
  • Learn the different bite registration systems and techniques.

Full Course Description

Dr. Tucker reviews the goals of oral appliance therapy and the mechanism of action of an oral appliance. There is a discussion regarding determining both the proper vertical and horizontal protrusive position of the mandible for oral appliance therapy efficacy.  A detailed step by step demonstration video on “How to Take a Bite” is part of the presentation.

UARS - Why These Patients Should Always be Treated Course

1 CE Credit

Instructor: John Tucker, DMD

Duration: 56:29

Course Objectives

  • Learn how to recognize UARS and about how is can be treated
  • Understand the definition of UARS and how it fits into the group of diseases named sleep breathing disorders.
  • Understand the clinical differential features between UARS and OSAHS patients.
  • Learn about UARS and Cardiovascular Consequences.

Full Course Description

Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome or UARS is a common sleep disorder characterized by the narrowing of the airway that can cause disruptions to sleep. Diagnosis is difficult, as pauses and decreases in breathing that are present in OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) patients are most times not present with UARS. UARS is often overlooked and often times goes untreated. It is important to note that UARS may eventually progress to OSA if left untreated. Dr. Tucker will review the signs and symptoms of UARS and the importance of treating UARS patients.

Treating the Edentulous OSA Patient Course

1 CE Credit

Instructor: John Tucker, DMD

Duration: 36:26

Course Objectives

  • Understand how the risk of OSA may increase as a result of edentulism.
  • Gain a better understanding of treating the edentulous OSA Patient.
  • Learn about different impacts dentures have on obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Learn tips and tricks for making an oral appliance for the edentulous patient.

Full Course Description

Dr. Tucker discusses oral appliance therapy for the OSA patient who is edentulous. In this course, Dr. Tucker will review the impacts of dentures on patients with obstructive sleep apnea as well as teach you methods of making an appliance for the edentulous patients. He will educate you on treatment of the PAP intolerant edentulous patient with oral appliance therapy.

Patient Selection Based on Dentition and Periodontal Support Course

1 CE Credit

Instructor: John Tucker, DMD

Duration: 58:10

Course Objectives

  • Learn what needs to be accomplished to provide the CPAP intolerant patient with OAT with regard to dentition.
  • Understand what the norms are for the TMJ exam. Per the literature, most TMJ patients get better with OAT.
  • Learn why a healthy dentition and periodontal status is quintessential to treat a patient with OST.
  • Understand that lack of teeth is NOT a contraindication to treat a patient with OAT.

Full Course Description

Is every patient a candidate for Oral Appliance Therapy? Join us as Dr. Tucker goes through his process of determining “Patient Selection Based on Dentition and Periodontal Support” for oral appliance therapy.  He will review the new dental patient exam and clinical guidelines for dentition and periodontal support for OAT.

Patient Phenotyping for Prediction of Oral Appliance Therapy Outcome Course

1 CE Credit

Instructor: John Tucker, DMD

Duration: 1:01:51

Course Objectives

  • Understand the clinical predictors of individuals that will identify them as good candidates for OAT.
  • Understand how we can predict treatment response to oral appliance therapy.
  • Understand the tools used as predictors of OAT outcomes.
  • Review of studies being done to evaluate the predictive values of various parameters.

Full Course Description

Join Dr. John Tucker as he discusses the exciting topic of Phenotyping and Oral Appliance Therapy. Phenotype is the composite of an individual’s observable characteristics.  Dr. Tucker will present the clinical predictors that are of benefit to you in identifying those individuals that will be responders to oral appliance therapy.

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Treating OSA Patients Course

1 CE Credit

Instructor: John Tucker, DMD

Duration: 59:45

Course Objectives

  • Learn to identify patients who are at-risk of a sleep related breathing disorder
  • Learn a strategy to help to work in a multidisciplinary approach
  • Learn techniques to identify the early intervention of OSA
  • Learn the importance of practicing patient-centered healthcare

Full Course Description

As health care professionals it is your job to treat patients to the best of your abilities. Your patient’s specific health needs and desired health outcomes should be the driving force behind all healthcare decisions made. This course will help you boost your sleep practice’s approach to treating patients. Dr. John Tucker will review an integrated multidisciplinary approach in the assessment and management of OSA patients.