The Physiologic Approach to Treating OSA

Course Type: Elective Courses

***The June 20-22 course date will be held at Protech Dental Studio in Reston, VA. The September 19-21 course date will be an online course.****

Hundreds of millions of people of all ages around the world suffer from snoring and deadly obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) has been linked to health issues such as:  Cardiovascular Disease, Cerebrovascular Accident, Endocrine Disorders, Hormonal Imbalance and Obesity to name a few.  Our medical colleagues are asking for our help in both screening and providing well designed Oral Appliance Therapy.  OSA is the most common sleep-related breathing disorders.  This type of apnea occurs due to distortions within the oral pharynx primarily when the throat muscles intermittently relax and block the airway during sleep. As dentists, we have the perfect setting to identify, help manage, and potentially protect the lives of OSA sufferers.

Are you prepared to start SAVING LIVES?

This program presents an excellent introduction to evidence-based Dental Sleep Medicine and is designed to prepare dentists and their teams to confidently identify, refer, and help co-manage patients with snoring and the potentially deadly effects of obstructive sleep apnea. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the relationships between sleep breathing disorders, physiologic dentistry and general health. They can discover how to get started, immediately expanding their diagnostic acumen and scope of practice.  Presentation and discussion will also pertain to patients that suffer with UARS (Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome).

The goal of this course is for all participating dentists to become the Dental Sleep Physicians that medical sleep specialists want and need to recognize and refer patients. After completing this course, one will have an increased ability of discussing OSA with the patient along with what to do about OSA.  Additionally, training will be given on how to read and interpret PSG’s as well as sleep studies. The possibility of knowing what to do about OSA when you return to your office on Monday morning should encourage you to experience this course!

View our Course Information:

Tuition: $3,695 Prerequisites: None
Team Tuition: $795 CE Credits: 22.5
AGD Codes: 160 Length of Course: 3 days

The Objectives of this course are for the participant to be able to:

  • Take a Physiologic Sleep Bite
  • Discuss sleep and breathing physiology; normal and pathologic
  • Discuss the anatomy and physiology of airway and its relationship to OSA and TMD
  • Discuss CBCT analysis in screening and treating OSA/TMD
  • Integrate OSA signs and symptoms into routine dental diagnostics
  • Identify and differentiate OSA sufferers versus snorers with extreme accuracy
  • Discuss why The Physiologic Approach is important
  • Perform OSA Consultation examination/palpation
  • Select what is needed in snoring and OSA appliances
  • Interpret sleep studies
  • Discuss how myofunctional therapy can help the OSA patient
  • Utilize Portable Monitors/Home Sleep Equipment
  • Utilize Combination Therapy – Jointly treating both TMD and OSA at the same time
  • Utilize skills to make OSA more practical, efficient and profitable
  • Communicate effectively with sleep professionals

Course Dates:

  • June 20-22, 2024 (at Protech Dental Studio in Reston, VA)
  • September 19-21, 2024 (Online)


See what others that have taken the course have to say:

Having been a veteran of Dental Sleep Medicine, I am amazed at how LVI goes beyond “appliance therapy” to truly helping patients find answers to where medicine has failed them. You truly cannot be a comprehensive dentist without caring for the “Airway.”

Dr. Nancy Nehawandian

If you have ever had just 1 patient that you couldn’t completely “fix” then OSA classes are a must. Way more than you realize has to do with what happens during sleep!

Dr. Jennifer Wallace

I know that this course is only the beginning of my journey into the treatment of sleep dentistry. This has not only “filled in the blanks” but opened my eyes to the possibility of really helping many patients but informed me of the true scope of the sleep apnea epidemic.  This course was referred to me by Dr. Eric Coontz. I am so grateful that he sent me here.

Dr. Michael Egan

This course arms you with powerful knowledge for sleep physiology and how to apply it in extending and enhancing our patients lives through our own treatments and knowing when to refer. LVI education has changed my practice and lives of my patients in dramatic ways. It has been truly amazing and fulfilling journey that I hope never ends.

Dr. Michael Firouzian

Academy of General Dentistry Approved
PACE Program Provider
Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or
provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement
6/1/2022 to 5/31/2025
Provider ID 208412


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