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ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

Don’t Fall Asleep at the Patient Assessment Wheel

Categories: Health and Medical Topics, Sleep Medicine

Author(s): Dr. Lori Trost, Marianne Dryer

Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

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Don’t Fall Asleep at the Patient Assessment Wheel

Educational Objectives

  • Discuss the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea and the dental team’s role in managing this condition.
  • Recognize the need for a collaborative approach to assess for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
  • Create calibrated and consistent messaging for OSA treatment options in the dental office.
  • Identify ways to improve on the dentist/hygienist hand off for seamless treatment planning.


Do you and your dental hygienist recognize the vital role you each play in identifying and implementing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

More importantly, perhaps, do you have a calibrated, consistent approach to screening and identified patients with OSA? Sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, have become a significant health issue in the United States. Dental hygienists are at a pivotal position to discuss risks, characteristics, medical referrals and treatment options for OSA. This course will demonstrate effective communication strategies between the roles of the dentist and dental hygienist and offer opportunities to develop cohesive messaging from assessment protocols to the recommended treatment and appropriate follow-up.

SPONSOR/PROVIDER: This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between Dental Learning, LLC and Somnomed.

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

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