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Unit Overview


At the completion of this unit students will be able to understand the medical co-morbidities and dental conditions associated with sleep-disordered breathing and to appreciate the multi-disciplinary management of patients. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of evidence based medical and dental practice and that a relationship between medical and dental disciplines is important for the use of oral appliances for treating sleep-disordered breathing. Students will develop 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 will be explained. Evidence-based protocols and current treatment paradigms will be explored in detail and the student will complete the course with the skills to make informed treatment choices for patients. A range of oral appliances will be explored and current evidence-based treatment protocols will be presented in a cohesive form structured against the stepwise treatment of patients, including pre-treatment, monitoring and medical liaison. Guidelines for the scope and extent of dentist participation in treatment of sleep-disordered breathing will be presented as will the basic legal requirements of the dentist. At the completion of the unit students will have the skills to select appropriate appliance options for patients and have a comprehensive understanding of their indications and contraindications for treatment.

6 points
Not available in 2023OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) acquire an appreciation of the multi-disciplinary management of patients with sleep-disordered breathing; (2) evaluate patients with sleep-disordered breathing; (3) recognise and diagnose the dental conditions related to sleep-disordered breathing; (4) describe and explain the importance of evidence-based practice; (5) recognise medical conditions related to sleep-disordered breathing; (6) evaluate dental conditions related to sleep-disordered breathing; (7) develop an understanding of the dental interventions used to manage sleep disordered breathing; (8) appreciate the treatment protocols for sleep disordered breathing; (9) understand treatment protocols for sleep disordered breathing which involve dental interventions; (10) formulate treatment plans and select suitable oral appliances; and (11) 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) continuous assessment for each module (one online quiz for each module) and (2) a final online 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)
Professor Peter Eastwood, Associate Professor Christopher Pantin, Dr Jennifer Walsh
Unit rules
ANHB5432 Fundamentals of Sleep Biology
ANHB5532 Fundamentals of Dental Sleep Medicine, ANHB5533 Oral Appliance Therapy in Sleep Disordered Breathing
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).
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.