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Unit Overview


This unit is to be delivered in six online modules. It gives students a comprehensive understanding of the history of oral appliance therapy for treatment of sleep disordered breathing. Evidence-based protocols and current treatment paradigms are explored in detail and students complete the unit with the skills to make informed treatment choices for patients, and explore the range of oral appliances, their fabrication and use. The current evidence-based treatment protocols are presented in a cohesive form structured against the stepwise treatment of patients. It includes pre-treatment, monitoring and medical liaison. Guidelines for the scope and extent of dentist participation in treatment of sleep disordered breathing are presented as well as the basic legal requirements of the dentist. At the completion of the unit students have the skills to select appropriate appliance options for patients and have a comprehensive understanding of their indications and contraindications for treatment. Students are advised to complete ANHB5532 Fundamentals of Dental Sleep Medicine first.

6 points
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) develop an understanding of the dental interventions used to manage sleep disordered breathing; (2) appreciate the treatment protocols for sleep disordered breathing; (3) understand treatment protocols for sleep disordered breathing which involve dental interventions; (4) formulate treatment plans and select suitable oral appliances; (5) appreciate the multidisciplinary management of patients with sleep disordered breathing; and (6) develop a high-level understanding of the use of oral appliances in the management of sleep disordered breathing.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quizzes; (2) a written examination; and (3) a case presentation. 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
ANHB5431 Fundamentals of Sleep Technology
ENRL5572 Oral Appliances in Sleep Disordered Breathing [DENT6101 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. Some additional study time is 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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