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Unit Overview


This unit is to be delivered in six online modules with student activities including an observational site visit, supporting the online lectures. At the completion of the unit students are able to understand the medical co-morbidities and dental conditions associated with sleep disordered breathing. Medical conditions with a direct relationship with sleep disordered breathing are described in detail. Students also understand the importance of evidence-based medical and dental practice and understand that the use of oral appliances for sleep breathing disorders has a medical outcome and therefore understand that medical conditions are vitally important in understanding dental sleep medicine. Students develop the basic skills in evaluating the upper airway and the requirements for determining the suitability for oral appliance therapy. The role and specific tasks relevant to a comprehensive dental examination prior to implementing oral appliance therapy are explained. Students who have previous understanding of dentistry re-learn and update their knowledge in oral/dental conditions relevant to sleep breathing disorders.

6 points
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) develop the ability to evaluate patients with sleep disordered breathing; (2) acquire the ability to recognise and diagnose the dental conditions related to sleep disordered breathing; (3) describe and explain the importance of evidence-based practice; (4) develop an appreciation of the medical conditions related to sleep disordered breathing; and (5) develop an appreciation of the dental conditions related to sleep disordered breathing.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an online quiz and (2) a written examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Winthrop Professor Marc Tennant and Christopher Pantin
Unit rules
ANHB5432 Fundamentals of Sleep Biology
ENRL5571 Fundamentals of Dental Sleep Medicine [DENT6100 UA]
Contact hours
no formal contact—students are able to seek assistance by email or phone. Students are expected to spend approximately 50 hours working through the online learning modules, readings and quizzes. Additional study time and clinical site visits are recommended (approximately 100 hours).

Attanasio, R and Bailey, D. R. Dental Management of Sleep Disorders: Wiley-Blackwell 2009

Bailey, D. R. ed. Dentistry's Role in Sleep Medicine: Sleep Medicine Clinics, vol. 5, no. 1, March 2010: Saunders 2010

Kryger, M. H., Roth, T. and Dement, W. C., eds Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, 5th edn: Saunders 2011

Lavigne, G. J., Cistulli, P. A. and Smith, M. T., eds Sleep Medicine for Dentists: a Practical Overview: Quintessence 2013


Sleep and Breathing
American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

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