Mastery I

Mastery Course One

Mastery I is the first step of a three-part track designed for dentists with an interest in, but little or no background in treating snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) through the utilization of oral appliance therapy (OAT). This initial course examines fundamental concepts and practical techniques necessary to incorporate OAT into a general or specialty dental practice. Students will be taught the AADSM practice protocols and clinical guidelines necessary to perform the proper patient screening, examination and record acquisition to begin treatment with competence and confidence.

After completing Mastery I, dentists who pass a written exam will be eligible to earn the Qualified Dentist designation.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, attendees will be able to:
1. Develop a critical understanding of the physiology of healthy sleep and the pathophysiology of multiple sleep disorders.
2. Explain the complexity of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and a dentist’s role in managing sleep-disordered breathing.
3. Describe demographics, pre-deposing factors, signs and symptoms, and co-morbidities of SDB and various techniques to identify patients at risk.
4. Immediately establish an effective screening protocol and physician referral network supported by inner office systems to streamline and document referrals.
5. Treat OSA with confidence by identifying patients at risk for SDB, performing a comprehensive sleep interview and DSM examination, discussing informed consent, determining a protrusive bite position, acquiring adequate impressions and designing and fitting a mandibular advancement device compatible with the patient’s needs.
6. Using standardized nomenclature, describe attributes and limitations of various device features to aid in selection and design.
7. Incorporate accepted standards of dental sleep medicine practice into a general practice or specialty practice setting with appropriate patient flow algorithms, practice standard requirements, documentation and records.
8. Critically analyze research articles to support clinical decision-making.

  • There are no mandatory prerequisites for registration; attendees will be required to prepare for Mastery I with online study and Pre-Session Assignments.
Pre-Session Assignments:
  • Submit a copy of a valid dental license and proof of professional liability insurance
  • Read assigned articles
  • Watch online learning modules with self-assessment tests:
    • “Introduction to Sleep and Sleep Disordered Breathing”
    • “Coding and Billing for Dental Sleep Medicine”
    • “Clinical Guideline from the Medical and Dental Perspective: Finding Qualified Collaborators”
    • "OSA: New Patient Exam, Impressions and Bite Registration Techniques"
    • "OSA: Pathophysiology and Health Risks"
  • Read an impression taking tutorial
  • Read an informational document on intra-oral photography
  • Submit orthodontic intra-oral photos and images of maxillary and mandibular impressions necessary for oral appliance construction
Details about the pre-session assignments will be emailed to attendees approximately one month prior to the course. 

Post-Session Assignments:
  • Take the Mastery I examination
Sleep-Disordered Breathing
Diagnostic Sleep Studies
Positive Airway Pressure Therapy
Introduction to Treating SDB with OAT
Oral Appliance Overview
Nomenclature for Device Design
Screening for SDB
Consultation and Informed Consent
Muscle and TMJ Examination and TMD Overview and Demo
DSM Examination Overview and Demo
Bite Acquisition and Morning Occlusal Guide Overview and Demo
Device Delivery Practicalities
Applying Levels of Evidence                                                          

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