CE Hours: 1.5

Seq #: 152 - Wake-up Call: Dental Sleep Medicine Is Here to Stay!

We spend a significant proportion of our lives sleeping. Unfortunately, some of us suffer from sleep disorders, which can affect quality of life considerably. While most sleep disorders should be diagnosed and treated by medical doctors, it becomes increasingly clear that some disorders belong to the dental domain, hence the emergence of the discipline ‘Dental Sleep Medicine’ (DSM) in dentistry. DSM is concerned with the study of the oral and maxillofacial causes and consequences of sleep-related problems. Already twenty years ago, Prof. Lavigne and coworkers published a comprehensive review, entitled ‘Sleep disorders and the dental patient’, in which several common sleep disorders of interest to dentists were described; orofacial pain, oral moistening disorders, gastroesophageal reflux, sleep-related breathing disorders, and orofacial movement disorders; all of which require the attention of dentists. This symposium will provide an update and overview of DSM elaborating on the reciprocal associations between orofacial pain and sleep, including the effects of gender. The role of the dentist in the assessment and management of sleep bruxism will be explained, and the associations between sleep bruxism and other sleep-related disorders will be discussed. Dental management of obstructive sleep apnea, notably oral appliances, will be discussed, and differences between men and women in regard to sleep bruxism and obstructive sleep apnea will be highlighted. The main goal of this symposium is to increase the dental professional’s knowledge on DSM, to the benefit of all patients suffering from dental sleep disorders.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know the definition of the discipline ‘Dental Sleep Medicine’ and of its constituent disorders
  • Know the causes and consequences of dental sleep disorders as well as their mutual associations, including the effects of gender
  • Know the role of the dental professional in recognizing, assessing, and managing dental sleep disorders

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