Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Comprehensive Review for Dental Professionals, 3rd Edition


About the Course
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a common condition, causing a range of harmful clinical, social, and economic sequelae. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep-related breathing disorder. The prevalence of OSA is increasing rapidly. Dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants are well positioned to recognize this disorder, refer patients for appropriate testing, and successfully treat patients through the use of oral appliances (OAs). Dental professionals trained in treating SDB are a vital part of a multidisciplinary team on the forefront of dealing with this serious public health issue.

This course reviews OSA from a dental perspective. It addresses current findings on the links between overall health and OSA and cites common presenting symptoms likely to be encountered in the dental practice. This intermediate-level course discusses the latest evidence-based diagnostic approaches for OSA and outlines recommended treatment strategies, including continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), OAs, and surgical intervention, to mitigate the health impact of this common condition. Several resources listed at the end of this course can provide dental professionals with further opportunities for education and training in this area.

Learning outcomes
After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of sufficient sleep.
  • Describe the prevalence, etiology, and risk factors associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
  • Explain the clinical consequences of untreated OSA.
  • Describe the screening and diagnosis of OSA.
  • Identify the treatment options for OSA.

Author of 3rd edition: 
Mark J. Szarejko, DDS, received his dental degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1985 and has received Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 1994. He has been in private practice for 16 years with the balance involved in Correctional (County Jail) Dentistry. In 2007 he received the Certified Correctional HealthCare Professional (CCHP) designation from the National Commission of Correctional Healthcare. He has authored and edited several dental continuing education courses and has given presentations on varied topics to local, regional and national audiences. He has been an examiner for the dental and dental hygiene licensure exams for the Northeastern Regional Boards (NERBS) now the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments since 1994. He has reviewed standard of care cases for the State of Florida and for private companies.

1st edition Author
Jeffrey L. Tarlow, DDS, earned his doctorate in dental surgery from Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry in Cleveland, Ohio, before pursuing a clinical fellowship in prosthetic dentistry at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and a residency in fixed and removable prosthodontics at the Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic in Boston. He served as a dentist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for more than 40 years, and for 34 of those years he was a staff prosthodontist. Dr. Tarlow was director of the General Practice Residency Program at the Manhattan campus of the Department of Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System from 1985 to 2016. Dr. Tarlow was a peer reviewer for The International Journal of Prosthodontics for 5 years and a principal investigator for two major dental implant clinical research studies; he has had 13 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Tarlow has lectured extensively on restorative and implant treatment for the geriatric patient.

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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