Certificate in Dental Sleep Medicine

Program Overview

Start this industry leading course today with two of the best lecturers in the field leading your introduction to dental sleep medicine. After completing this course you will have an intricate knowledge of the fundamentals of sleep medicine and you will be capable of prescribing oral appliances for your patients.

This is the first step in becoming a dental sleep master and will be the backbone of your education and development in the dental sleep medicine space. This course will provide the prerequisite learnings for the advanced dental sleep medicine course and the mentoring and fellowship programs in dental sleep medicine.

You will also be provided with a direct line of contact with the course lecturers and be able to attend webinars, Q and A sessions and be involved in peer groups and case reviews. The Introduction to Dental Sleep Medicine gets you started on an exciting journey into treating patients with sleep disordered breathing.

Entry requirements and course prerequisites

The program is aimed at dentists, orthodontists, dental hygienists, Maxillofacial specialists and Oral Medicine specialists with an interest in providing effective care to patients with sleep disordered

STEP 1 (this course)

Certificate in Dental Sleep Medicine

No previous formal training in this field is required for the Certificate in Dental Sleep Medicine course.

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Advanced Certificate in Dental Sleep Medicine

Participants of the Advanced Certificate course must have successfully completed the Certificate course, or have equivalent qualifications.

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Mentoring and Fellowship program

  • In order to qualify for the Fellowship Program participants must have completed the Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Dental Sleep Medicine
  • To be eligible for the ongoing Mentoring Program you must have completed at least the Certificate in Dental Sleep Medicine or equivalent.
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“The course is easy to follow online. It means even with my busy schedule in the clinic I’m able to complete at my own pace. I look forward to doing the next course.”

Cassandra Bennetts - Australia

The Certificate in Dental Sleep Medicine takes an approach that teaches you everything you need to know to get started in dental sleep medicine. I would highly recommend.”

Caroline Mo

Program structure

Module 1: What is sleep apnoea

Sleep physician, Dr Linda Schachter takes you through the basics of sleep apnea as a pathology.

Module 2: Signs and symptoms of sleep apnoea:

This module takes you through what a patient presents with at a primary care level and what are the typical signs and symptoms.

Module 3: Health risks of sleep apnoea:

This module explains the short and long term health impacts of the condition.

Module 4: How to diagnose sleep apnoea:

This module aids you in being able to successfully understand the diagnosis process, read sleep reports and help initiate treatment plans for the patient.

Module 5: Tools to diagnose Sleep apnea:

We take you through the different tools you have available to you to diagnose sleep apnea.

Module 6: Interpreting a sleep study:

This module takes a detailed look at sleep reports and what we need to look out for when reading them.

Module 7: Treatment of sleep apnoea:

This module takes a look at all the treatment options for patient diagnosed with sleep apnea.

Module 8: Sleep apnea and Oral medicine:

This course explains the important principles of what snoring and sleep apnoea are; This includes the physiology associated the causes of Snoring and Sleep Apnoea. This presentation provides you a structure to assess the medical history of your patients and the possible relationship to sleep apnoea.. A Quiz for self assessment  is provided.

Module 9: Assessing the patient:

This module explains how we assess a patient for snoring or sleep apnoea and in particular the current treatment options for these patients. A Quiz for self-assessment is provided.

Module 10: Treating the patient:

This module explains how a Mandibular Advancement splint works and clinical criteria you can use as a dentist to assess if a patient may have sleep apnoea or just snoring.

Module 11: Treating the patient, practical application:

This module comprises of a video of the assessment of a patient chair side and the questions you ask a patient to determine suitability for a Mandibular Advancement splint.  The clinical step by step process of taking an impression and taking of records to determine the protrusive range of the patient’s mandible. How you fit a device and how and what you say to instruct a patient on how to use and care for their device

Module 12: The tools you need and business considerations for dental sleep medicine practitioners

This module takes you through what tools you need to be an effective dental sleep medicine practitioner, how to market to your existing patients this new service, how to attract new patients from key referrers. This module effectively helps you turn what you’ve learnt into $200 000 to $500 000 in additional revenue for your clinic per year.

Learning Outcomes

Principles of obstructive sleep apnea
Collapsable section After completion of the course you will understand the principles behind aetiology and pathology of obstructive sleep apnea. This will give you the backbone to identify and treat patients with sleep disordered breathing.

Identifying, screening and diagnosing patients
The starting point to any good dental sleep practice is to be able to identify patients from the waiting rcH)m to the chair in clinic. This will help build your dental sleep database and begin to gain vital experience in treating patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

Getting referrals
You will learn how to approach key referrers and how to partner with them effectively to improve your patient case load.

Bite registration and fitting of oral appliances for OSA
You will be able to perform a full bite registration, ordering the appropriate mandibular advancement device for your patients and troubleshooting when fitting the oral appliance.

Titration of mandibular advancement devices
You will learn to use objective data to adjust the mandibular advancement device for
optimal airflow

Troubleshooting patients on and prior to treatment
You will learn what to look for and other treatments that may be provided before and after treating a patient with a mandibular  advancement device.

Setting up your sleep medicine business
You’ll learn how to start getting patients, the things you need to start with to be successful in dental sleep medicine and engaging your team in the dental sleep part of your business.

Earn 20 CPD Points with Certificate on completion.


Course lecturers

Linda Schachter

Dr Linda Schachter has been a Sleep and Respiratory Physician for 25 years with an interest in snoring, sleep apnoea, nocturnal hypoventilation and the diagnosis and treatment of all sleep disorders, obesity and workplace fatigue. She has a long-term research interest in the effects of obesity on sleep apnoea and asthma and the effects of weight-loss on these conditions.

Linda also runs an Australia wide home diagnostic sleep service and supports many groups in trying to get optimal sleep care for patients in the community. She is a member of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, Australasian Sleep Association, American Sleep Association, American Thoracic Society, the Obesity Society of Australia and New Zealand and a clinical committee member of the Australian Sleep Association (ASA).

Michael Stubbs

Associate Professor Michael Stubbs is an Oral Medicine specialist trained with both specialty Masters degrees in Oral Pathology (University Adelaide) and Oral Medicine (University of Melbourne). Michael also holds a Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons; Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia and The Australian and New Zealand Academy of orofacial Pain.

Oral Medicine is the dental specialty in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with facial and jaw pain that is not derived from the teeth; oral mucosal diseases and he has a particular interest in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with sleep apnoea/snoring disorders, using of custom-made dental devices.Michael is regularly invited to speak within the areas of Oral Medicine both nationally and internationally.

Program delivery and assessment

All our programs are offered online and access is available for the lifetime of the product for all participants.

The modules are all self paced and split into smaller micro-modules so that you can spend as little or as much time on the course at anytime that you like.

As part of out commitment to ongoing learning, there will be regular live, online learning sessions with one of the course experts. This will be an opportunity to provide updated content, discuss any changes in the industry and allow you to ask questions before and during the session. These run for 60 minutes and will aim to cover patient case studies.

Knowledge will be assessed in a number of different ways.

Each module has a short quiz at the end. These are multiple choice and short answer.

Some modules include practical assignments where you will perform practical exercises within your clinic. You will be given all the tools you need to undertake these assignments.

What do I get with the course?

The course comes with:

  • An option to receive the workbook online, in hardcover or both. This will contain all of the course content and material.
  • Digital versions of screening forms, assessments and other material necessary for starting dental sleep medicine in your practice.

Certificate and Accreditation

After successful completion of the course we will send you your certificate of completion. Here is an example of what it looks like.


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