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 sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and its relationship to clinical application.
  2. Describe demographics, pre-deposing factors, signs and symptoms, and co-morbidities of SDB and various techniques to identify patients at risk.
  3. Immediately establish an effective screening protocol and medical referral network with inner office systems to streamline and document referrals.
  4. Identify patients at risk for SDB, perform a comprehensive examination and begin treatment with confidence.
  5. Describe attributes and limitations of various device design features to aid in selection.
  6. Develop an understanding of the medical practice model and medical insurance coding and billing requirements.
  7. Prepare to 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, comprehensive examination records and bite acquisition.
  • 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
Details about the pre-session assignments will be emailed to attendees approximately six weeks prior to the course. 

Post-Session Assignments:
  • Take the Mastery I examination
  Normal Sleep
  Sleep Disordered Breathing
  Diagnostic Testing: PSG and HSAT
  Introduction to Treating SDB with OAT
  Devices-I (style overview)
  Screening For SDB In The Patient   Population
  Referring Patients for Cons and Diagnosis
  Consultation and Informed Consent
  DSM Comprehensive Sleep History
  DSM Comprehensive Examination-TMJ   Baseline,
  Detailed Exam in Response to SEs or   Complexity
  DSM Comprehensive Examination (Demo)

  Protrusive Bite Acquisition, 2-3 Methods   (Demo)
  Devices-II (Styles and Features)
  Device Delivery, Temporary Device (Demo)
  Impression Taking and Models
  Impressions and Model Development   (Demo)
  Levels of Evidence
  Applying Levels of Evidence to Specific   
  Literature Review of Pre-Session   Assignments
  Practice Management

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