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TWO-DAY LECTURE & HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: "Keys to Successful OAT Treatment of Snoring and Sleep Apnea"

May 9, 2014 to May 10, 2014
DoubleTree Hilton (Koger Center) - Richmond, VA
1021 Koger Center Blvd
Richmond  Virginia  23235

As in all other disciplines in dentistry, you expect to master certain techniques before implementing them into your clinical practice. This two-day course offers unique opportunities to learn, observe and practice key steps and clinical skills required for you to excel in treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with oral appliance therapy. 

Friday, May 9 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Course Overview:  Have you been screening and treating patients with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea problems? Do you want to expand this part of your practice? You have already seen the incredible impact that oral appliance therapy can have on the health and lives of your patients. This course will help you expand your knowledge in dental sleep medicine and improve your OAT treatment success. This entertaining comprehensive course will give you the vital information required to organize your practice and equip you with the confidence to work effectively with your patient’s physician to achieve successful outcomes.

Target Audience: Dentists, dental teams, dental specialists, clinicians, physicians, and auxiliary staff  

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn a well-organized protocol for managing patients with OSA

  • Learn to choose the appropriate appliance for each patient

  • Understand the methods to manage side effects of oral appliance therapy

  • Learn how to navigate insurance issues and reimbursement

  • Screen, physician referral, diagnosis and treatment of OSA in children and adults

  • Understand the role and use of home sleep testing in assessing OSA patients

Saturday, May 10 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Workshop Overview:   During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn the features and characteristics of 7 different oral appliances and discuss a method of choosing the right appliance for each patient’s situation. In addition, you will learn the nuances of taking a bite registration used in fabrication of an oral appliance. You will also learn to fabricate a morning positioning device to help maintain the patient’s occlusion during the treatment process. You will have the opportunity to fabricate new trial/evaluation appliances. Following this workshop you will gain the confidence to immediately incorporate this information into your practice.

Target Audience: Limited to 30 VADSM member dentists (and one auxiliary staff each).

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to match the features of the appliance with the characteristics of the appliance in making a decision about which appliance to use for each patient

  • Know methods for managing patient’s occlusion and make an occlusal/jaw repositioner

  • Learn to take an accurate bite registration using two different devices

  • Understand how to fabricate a trial/evaluation device

Jonathan A. Parker, DDS is an internationally known educator on dental sleep medicine. Dr. Parker is on the consulting staff of most of the sleep disorders centers in Minneapolis – St. Paul area and works closely with the sleep medicine physicians at each center.  He has treated patients with snoring and sleep apnea for over 21 years, and has lectured throughout the United States.  He is well known for developing innovative techniques and protocols to improve patient care and treatment success in dental sleep medicine.  He was the recipient of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine’s Distinguished Service Award in 2003 and is a Diplomate on the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Orofacial Pain.  A graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, he joined a TMD and orofacial pain practice in 1983 and expanded his practice in 1991 to include the treatment of patients with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Details and registration available online at

Friday Course ($195); Two-Day Course: Dentists ($590)
Continuing Education Credits
12 Hours