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Dental Sleep Medicine (preview)

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Fatigue is the number one complaint heard by health professionals across the globe. Fifty to seventy million Americans suffer from of sleep related problem. Sleep related breathing disorders, such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, are at the top of this list. Less than 10% of these patients have been diagnosed. As dentists, we are in a prime position to be the first to recognize this disorder and to help steer patients in the right direction to get diagnosed. We also have the ability to treat many of these patients ourselves, thus improving their quality of life as well as possibly saving their life!


  • Background:
    • Understand normal breathing and airway anatomy and the problems and variants that lead to snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
    • Learn the health risks associated with sleep disordered breathing.
    • Learn the basics of sleep
  • Signs and Symptoms:
    • Learn the effects of sub-optimal sleep on health and quality of life.
    • Recognize those symptoms and behaviors that may indicate sleep disordered breathing.
  • Diagnosing:
    • Understand current and proposed diagnostic methods and the role of dentists in the team approach.
  • Treatment:
    • Review the current treatment modalities for snoring and for mild, moderate and severe OSA.
    • Explore the role that dentists can play in the management of sleep disordered breathing.
  • Follow Up:
    • Understand the side effects of oral appliance therapy and how to manage them.


RICHARD B. DRAKE, D.D.S., received his D.D.S. degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dental School in 1989. He maintained a private practice in general dentistry from 1990 to 2001 and currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Last reviewed on: 09/01/2014 | Expire date: 08/31/2019