The UCAM Online based Expert Program in Dental Sleep Medicine provides the dentist with a solid knowledge on the foundations of sleep physiology and sleep medicine as well as consolidated training on specific issues which are paramount to the correct diagnostic, evaluation, and management / treatment of patients with different sleep related disorders. Given its major epidemiologic relevance, this course will focus on Primary/Secondary Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea-Hypopnea Syndrome (OSA). The high number of people who present with these conditions require treatment in order to avoid significant consequences affecting their health and quality of life. The social and economic costs of the misdiagnosis of sleep disorders are dramatic, with strong impact on global health and economy. The behavioral strategies that dentists are able to use may add to the success of the treatment of many sleep conditions. Appropriate referral to different specialist depends on a correct suspicion and identification that needs skills gained through training and practice. Treatment options available to the physician dealing with OSA are, among others, Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD) and maxillary expansion, which are performed by the sleep-trained dentist. With such expertise, in addition to his/her potential in the area of ??respiratory function, the «sleep dentist» is the right professional for the evaluation and management of motor sleep disorders with orofacial manifestation and for the treatment of chronic orofacial pain interfering with sleep disorders.
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Students will learn new technologies, applied both to diagnosis (two and three-dimensional cephalometry, CBCT, Polysomnography, Cardio-respiratory polygraphy, etc.) and to treatment (3D intraoral scanner and 3D printing of devices). The key elements in the design of a MAD will be studied in depth in order to understand how they work and perform the correct handling of current models (NOA, Narval, Somnomed, Orthoapnea, Forwardi, Telescopic Advancer, etc.). Also, to optimize skills in differential diagnosis and referral, the global role of sleep pathophysiology and medicine is presented in parallel. You can visit a Hospital Sleep Unit where you can interact with different specialists and see the functioning of a multidisciplinary team. Students will be guided in the scientific method that will lead to lines of research and the presentation of a Final Project.