Dental Sleep Medicine for Dental Hygienists

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Speaker Bio

Dr. CorreaLEOPOLDO P. CORREA, B.D.S., M.S, Associate Professor, Division Head of Sleep Medicine and Director of the Dental Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He received his dental degree from the University of Veracruz in Mexico, and his Master’s Degree in Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders at Tufts University. Dr. Correa has treated sleep apnea and TMD patients for over 10 years at Tufts University with his mentor, Dr. Noshir R. Mehta. Dr. Correa helped to develop and incorporate the teaching of dental sleep medicine in the pre and postgraduate programs at TUSDM, resulting in Tufts becoming the first dental school in the U.S. to incorporate this field into its curriculum.

Course Description

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine is proud to offer a dental sleep medicine seminar tailored to dental hygienists. Dental hygienists play an important role in the screening of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) patients during their regular dental appointments, and TUSDM is pleased to offer this exciting course as part of our sleep medicine curriculum.

This seminar will provide participants with the core information on sleep medicine, and elements related to signs, symptoms and anatomical features related to obstructive sleep apnea; the use, understanding and limitations of screening questionnaires, and how to become part of the multidisciplinary team on the management of obstructive sleep apnea patients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the basics of sleep medicine
  • Become familiar with different sleep disorders
  • Understand the use and limitations of  screening questionnaires
  • Learn the clinical elements for oropharyngeal  examination
  • Understand the dental hygienist’s role and limitations on the management of OSA patients