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Unit Overview


The student will learn about assessment of medical and dental conditions as well as relevant imaging and other techniques to screen patients referred for treatment of sleep-disordered breathing. This will include the use of lateral cephalometry and panoramic radiographs. The use of cone beam volumetric tomography and magnetic resonance imaging and evidence supporting their specific uses in sleep apnoea cases will be an outcome of the unit. Students will also learn about surgical assessment and interventions for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea. At the completion of the unit the student will also have the skills to use evidence-based predictors of treatment outcomes. This unit will draw on discussions of history, examination, clinical tests and treatment planning for a series of cases. A templated approach to development of diagnostic skills and selection of treatment option alternatives will be presented for students. This unit will bring together learning from previous units to provide students with overall integration of the medical and dental knowledge, clinical skills and understanding pertaining to the role of dentists in the multidisciplinary management of obstructive sleep apnoea in patients suitable for a surgical approach with adjunctive oral appliance therapy. This unit will allow students to develop and apply their skills of patient evaluation, diagnosis, planning and management for complex cases. Students will use these skills to work up cases and present them for multidisciplinary review.

6 points

Students are able to (1) interpret panoramic and cephalometric images; (2) outline the advantages, disadvantages and limitations of complex imaging modalities in the diagnosis and management of sleep disordered breathing; (3) outline advantages, disadvantages and limitations of other clinical assessments and measurements in the diagnosis and management of sleep disordered breathing; (4) outline the surgical principles related to management of sleep disordered breathing; (5) demonstrate a high level of understanding of the range of presurgical evaluations relevant to the treatment of sleep disordered breathing; (6) appreciate the selection of surgical procedures relevant to the treatment of sleep disordered breathing; (7) demonstrate competency in the management oral appliance therapy for referred patients; and (8) present clinical cases to peers in a manner that facilitates interdisciplinary management of patients.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) continuous assessment for each module (one online quiz for each module) and (2) case presentations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the case presentations component.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Christopher Pantin, Dr Jennifer Walsh
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) ANHB5546 Foundations of Dental Sleep Medicine
Advisable prior study
Fundamentals of Sleep Biology (ANHB5432)
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. It is expected that approximately 15 hours will also be spent preparing each case presentation and an additional 50 hours of study time is recommended.
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  • 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.