Dental Sleep Medicine

Dental Sleep Medicine

Virtual and Hands-on Course

Hybrid: In-person at UCLA and Virtual Live Online

Lectures, patient case discussion, hands-on workshop

Course Fee: $3,950    30-day early registration: $3,555    limited enrollment
CDE Credits: 48 *

5 Session Course       
Fridays and Saturdays
February 10-11, 2023 (in person @ UCLA)   Fri 8:30 am – 5:00 pm; Sat 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
February 24-25 – online   Fri & Sat 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
March 10-11 – online   Fri & Sat 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
March 24-25 (in person @ UCLA)  Fri 8:30 am – 5:00 pm; Sat 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
April 14-15 – online   Fri & Sat 8:00 am – 12:00 pm


The interest in Dental Sleep Medicine (DSM) has grown and involves not only oral appliances for Sleep Breathing Disorders (SBD), such as sleep apnea and snoring, but also involves sleep bruxism, orofacial pain including TMD and related medical conditions. The dentist has a major role in the recognition and management of patients with these conditions. In addition the guidelines from the American Dental Association (ADA) indicate that the dentist should be trained to recognize, facilitate the diagnosis of sleep apnea and be well versed in oral appliance therapy.

This course is designed to cover all aspects of sleep medicine and sleep disorders through lectures from various experts. The lectures are designed to review all aspects of sleep that are relative to the practicing dentist and are reinforced with demonstration and hands-on experience in the clinic. This involves the examination process, the process of obtaining a bite registration for fabrication of an oral appliance and the delivery of the oral appliance. The lectures and discussion will involve how the dentist can be a productive and successful participant in the management of sleep disorders, in particular sleep related breathing disorders. In addition, the expanding definition of dental sleep medicine will be explored, as this involves sleep bruxism and orofacial pain.

This course is designed such that the participant will be optimally competent and be considered qualified in the use of oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea and snoring.

Learning Topics

  • Sleep Disordered Breathing: Effect on CVD, Mood and Cognition 
  • Airway evaluation
  • TMD / Myofascial exam and Neuro screening
  • Sleep Breathing Disorders (SBD)
  • Testing for SBD – The Polysomnogram (PSG)
  • Review of the Protocol for testing and diagnosis      
  • Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) for SBD
  • Neurobiolgy of Sleep
  • Orofacial Pain:  TMD / TMJ and Myofascial Pain
  • Health and medical consequences of sleep disorders
  • Sleep Bruxism
  • Sleep Breathing Disorders
    • Surgery for SBD
    • Alternative therapies
    • PAP Therapy for SBD
    • Imaging for SBD       
  • Phenotyping and Endotyping In OSA
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Pediatric Sleep and Sleep Disorders
  • Relationship of Insomnia to OSA and CBTi for Insomnia
  • Tongue Muscle Physiology and Tongue Activity
  • Myofunctional Therapy

Course Directors

Sherwin Arman, DMD, MPHD-ABOP, D-ABDSM
Course Director
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor and Director UCLA Orofacial Pain Program, UCLA School of Dentistry

Dennis R. Bailey, DDS, D-ABOP, D-ABDSM
Visiting Lecturer in Orofacial Pain UCLA School of Dentistry
Past President of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

Course Faculty

Alon Y. Avidan, MD, MPH
Michelle Zeidler, MD
Diana Guth, BA, RPT
Abbey Cooper, BA, MS (speech pathology)

Learning Objectives:

  • Become knowledgeable in sleep medicine and sleep disorders
  • Know how to screen patients for sleep apnea and for orofacial pain
  • Be well versed in the examination process including the nasal airway
  • Understand how to read a sleep study
  • Have an understanding of the role of oral appliances for sleep apnea and snoring
  • Know about the bite registration technique and protocols for follow-up care
  • Have an understanding of how CPAP works and the role of surgery
  • Determine how to implement adjunctive procedures for optimum outcomes
  • Understand the role of imaging for SBD, TMD and orofoacial pain


* credits earned are not applicable to achieving Diplomate status in the AADSM

speakers/instructors and topics are subject to change without prior notice