Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency

Dates: February 3-4, 2017 + March 17-18, 2017 + April 7-8, 2017
Location: UNC School of Dentistry
Cost: $6595 One Payment in full or $6995 Two Payment Installments
*Dental Assistants and/or Dental Hygienists may attend for $750 per weekend session or $2000 for all 3 sessions.  In order to register for the event your registration must be accompanied by your dentist’s registration.  No dental assistants or hygienists will be allowed to attend without a dentist.
Sponsor: UNC Department of Prosthodontics and the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP)
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Please note you will be transferred over to AACP's website to register.  You do not have to be an AACP member to register for this course. Non AACP members should create a new account to register.
The course is full for Dentist.
Dental Assistants and/or Dental Hygienists that are accompanying a registered dentist may still register


Questions about registration call 703-234-4123.


Course Description
The University of North Carolina School of Dentistry and the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP) are pleased to announce the inaugural offering of the UNC/AACP Mini-Residency in Dental Sleep Medicine (DSM). The three, weekend sessions of lecture from nationally recognized experts and hands-on clinical exercises will prepare each participant to evaluate patients for, and deliver in their dental offices, customized oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.  Working in small groups, participants will be guided by course faculty in state-of-the-art patient examination techniques, impression and record taking, fitting and adjusting oral appliances that are marketed for sleep-disordered breathing, and in the identification and management of side effects.  Patient specific oral appliance selection will be addressed and each participant will have three different oral appliances custom fit to their teeth.   More advanced topics will include treatment of the pediatric patient with OSA,  combination therapy for patients who fail to respond adequately to oral appliances alone, and maxillofacial surgical procedures for OSA and their indications.   Participants will learn how to optimally collaborate with physicians to successfully treat this severe medical condition. The special challenges of Dental Sleep Medicine practice management will be described and strategies to successfully address the challenges will be discussed.

• The University of North Carolina School of Dentistry’s Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency meets the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine’s (AADSM) continuing education criteria for the Qualified Dentist designation. Completion of the course may count toward fulfillment of the continuing education requirements for the designation. For more information regarding the AADSM Qualified Dentist designation, or to apply, visit

• CE-Eligible for the AADSM Qualified Dentist Designation

Educational Objectives
At the completion of this course, participants should be able to:

Session I (Feb 3-4, 2017)

  • Describe basic physiology of normal and abnormal sleep, of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and other common sleep disorders.
  • Describe the role of dentistry in sleep medicine and how to screen patients for sleep disorders in your dental practice.
  • Describe the different types of oral appliances used to treat OSA or snoring, and their modes of action.
  • Describe protocols for treating patients with oral appliances and designated roles of the dental and medical teams.
  • Demonstrate how to evaluate patients for oral appliance therapy and to take the required bite records.
  • Describe short and long-term side effects of oral appliance therapy.
  • Demonstrate examination of the TMJ and masticatory muscles in the evaluation and treatment of patients with oral appliances.

 Session II (Mar 17-18, 2017)

  • Describe normal and abnormal upper airway anatomy, its evaluation, and medical and surgical treatments of the airway by otolaryngologists (ENT).
  • Demonstrate how to deliver oral appliances and assess their fit to the teeth.
  • Demonstrate how to adjust oral appliances.
  • Describe how to manage side effects of oral appliance therapy.
  • Describe how dentists and physicians evaluate the effectiveness of oral appliance therapy.
  • Describe combination therapy and its use to address poor treatment outcomes.
  • Describe considerations of the TMJ in the treatment of OSA with oral appliances.

 Session III (Apr 7-8, 2017)

  • Demonstrate how to use home sleep apnea tests, read PSG reports and use the information obtained in assessing patients before and during oral appliance therapy.
  • Describe how pediatric OSA differs from adult OSA, and dental approaches to the treatment of pediatric OSA.
  • Describe oral and maxillofacial surgical approaches to the treatment of OSA and their indications.
  • Describe long-term follow-up care of patients treated with oral appliances.
  • Describe strategies to optimize communications between dental and medical colleagues.
  • Describe strategies to engage all dental team members in the practice of dental sleep medicine.
  • Describe the unique challenges of Dental Sleep Medicine practice management and strategies for addressing them successfully.


This continuing education program is jointly provided by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry Department of Prosthodontics and the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. The UNC Continuing Dental Education program is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. UNC CDE's term of recognition is May 1, 2015 through June 30, 2019. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at

The UNC School of Dentistry designates this Course for up to 48.0 hours of continuing education credits.

Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ADA CERP Standard V, everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the activity.

As a continuing education provider, UNC School of Dentistry is responsible for ensuring the content, quality and scientific integrity of all continuing dental education activities for which credit is provided. The School is also responsible for taking steps to protect against and/or disclose any conflict of interest of the faculty/instructors presenting those courses.

Registration and Fees
The registration fee includes course materials, sleep appliances, CE credit and all meals listed in the agenda.

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of cancellation or postponement, the University will fully refund registration fees but is not responsible for any related costs or expenses to participants, including cancellation fees assessed by hotels, airlines, rental car or travel agencies.

Course Directors

Dr. Greg Essick is Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics and Center for Pain Research and Innovation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is adjunct professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the UNC School of Medicine where he serves as faculty in the Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science Program. At the UNC School of Dentistry, he oversees the Dental Sleep Clinic, which provides the school’s venue for patient care, education and research in oral appliance and combination therapy for sleep-disordered breathing. Dr. Essick provides much of the school's continuing education in sleep medicine to practicing dentists in North Carolina. He authors/co-authors over 120 journal articles and book chapters, the most recent ones pertaining to sleep medicine.  Dr. Essick is an active member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and past chair of the Academy’s Research Committee.

Dr. Terry Bennett graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 1977.  He is entering his 40th year of private practice with the last 27 being in a practice limited to the treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction and Sleep Apnea. He is a member of several organizations and hold certifications in many of these.  He has been extremely active in the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP) serving on the board of directors over a decade, in addition to serving as Program Chair for 4 years and President for 2 years. Currently he is the AACP Institute Director of Education. This position entails organizing and providing education associated with the treatment of TMD and Dental Sleep Medicine.  Among the many certifications he has attained are DABCP (Diplomate American Board of Craniofacial Pain), DABCDSM (Diplomate American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine), DABDSM (Diplomate American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, DAAPM (Diplomate American Academy of Pain Management).  Currently he divides his time between his private practice and lecturing for the AACP, Dental Schools and other organizations.

Dr. Mayoor Patel received his dental degree from the University of Tennessee in 1994.  After graduation he completed a one-year residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD). In 2011 he completed a Masters in Science from Tufts University in the area of Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Patel has earned a Fellowship in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics and the Academy of General Dentistry.  He also became a Diplomate in the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Board of Orofacial Pain, American Board of Craniofacial Pain and American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine.  Dr. Patel is the 2nd dentist that has fulfilled the necessary requirements and is a registered polysomnographic technologist.

Presently, Dr. Patel serves as a board member with American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. He also has taken the role as examination chair for the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine and American Board of Craniofacial Pain and as Director of Clinical Education for Nierman Practice Management. Adjunct faculty with the Atlanta Sleep School, Tufts University and Augusta University. In the past has served as a founding and board member of the Georgia Association of Sleep Professionals.

Course Faculty

Dr. Chase Bennett has been exclusively treating TMD & Sleep Breathing Disorders since graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2011.  He is also the youngest Dentist to receive Diplomate Status in the AACP for the treatment of Craniofacial Pain & Sleep Breathing Disorders. Dr. Bennett was the Director of the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of San Diego for 3 years before locating to Colorado to become the Director of the Craniofacial Pain Center of Colorado.  Currently, Dr. Bennett treats patients in Denver, CO, Tulsa, Ok, San Diego, CA and also in the UAE.  Dr. Bennett also lectures internationally on the topics of Craniofacial Pain & Sleep Breathing Disorders.


Dr. George Blakey is Clinical Associate Professor and the Residency Program Director in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the UNC School of Dentistry. His DDS was awarded from the Medical College of Virginia in 1987. He then earned a general practice residency certificate at the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago in 1988 and a residency certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery at UNC in 1992. Dr. Blakey is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.


Scott Craig is a graduate of DePaul University’s Driehaus College of Business. He has 17 years of experience as an entrepreneur in the medical equipment, service and supply industries. Scott has a proven record in business development, strategic planning and relationship management to develop and grow existing companies or new start-up companies. Scott is a passionate leader and advocate in the sleep community on a local and national level. He is a recipient of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine’s (AADSM) 2014 Clinical Research Award. He is also a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Illinois Sleep Society. Scott has served as CEO of Midwest Dental Sleep Center (MDSC) since 2007. Under his leadership, MDSC has become one of the largest and most respected dental sleep medicine clinics in the country. The center is AADSM accredited and has four diplomates of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine with five locations serving the Chicago-land area. MDSC is one of a handful of clinics in the world focused exclusively on providing Dental Sleep Medicine services to patients suffering from sleep related breathing disorders.

   Dr. Domingo Rodriguez-Cue is the Chief Medical Officer in sleep Medicine for CareHere on site Wellness. He interprets sleep studies for several of their industrial and private clinics. His sleep practice is 40% pediatrics with a focus on movement disorders, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders and insomnia. Along with prescribing CPAP therapy, Dr. Cue also works closely with dentists to provide oral appliances for his sleep apnea patients. He is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Cue specializes in non pharmacologic approaches to insomnia and movement disorders.


 Kristin Dillow received a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from West Virginia University in 2006, and a master’s degree in dental hygiene education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014. She was the recipient of the Research Excellence Award by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine for her research involving sleep apnea screening among dental patients, which was recently published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Kristin is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor at the UNC School of Dentistry where she is primarily involved in the Dental Sleep Clinic. She also works in clinical practice at Wainright & Wassel DDS in Raleigh, NC.

  Dr. Ibrahim Duqum is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics and the director of the inaugural New Educational eXperience and Technology (NEXT) Center at UNC School of Dentistry. He completed his DDS degree in dentistry from the faculty of Dentistry at the University of Jordan in 1997. After graduation he worked as a general dentist in Jordan for 7 years 5 of them as a military dentist in the Royal Medical Services (RMS). He Joined the UNC graduate Prosthodontics program in 2005 and received his certificate and an M.S. Degree in Prosthodontics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. Dr. Duqum is Board Eligible for the American Board of Prosthodontics and a member of numerous dental organizations.

Steve Ferrin, MHA, RPSGT has been a lead Neurodiagnostic Technologist II at UNC’s Sleep Disorders Center for 4 years.  He worked for 5 years as an EMT-I in Las Vegas before he began his sleep training and has been in the sleep field for over 11 years.  He was the Operational Manager for a 20-bed sleep lab with locations in Las Vegas, Pahrump, and Reno.  He also worked as lab manager for a hospital in upstate New York, before coming to UNC.  Most recently, he was awarded acceptance into the UNC Emerging Leaders Academy.  He received his Bachelors in Psychology from UNLV, and his Masters of Healthcare Administration degree from Columbia Southern University. 

Dr. James Hogg received his DDS from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. He was a Clinical Instructor at the school in the Fixed Prosthodontics Department. He practiced general dentistry in his own dental office for 25 years and entered into the field of Dental Sleep Medicine in 2007. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine in 2010. Dr. Hogg joined Midwest Dental Sleep Center in 2009, where his practice was limited to the treatment of patients diagnosed with Sleep Disordered Breathing. He was the Dental Director of their AADSM Accredited Dental Sleep Centers in Oak Brook and Chicago, IL. He has worked with ten different oral appliances in this office and delivered over 2,000 devices. Dr Hogg has served on the AADSM Dental School Curriculum Committee, Accreditation Committee and the Educational Committee. He was the former Chairman of the Educational Committee and the Essentials of Dental Sleep Medicine Course. He is a frequent speaker for the AADSM and has presented several times at their Annual Meeting. He lectures nationally to dentists, physicians, RPSGT’s and the general public on the topic of Dental Sleep Medicine.

  Sujay Kansagra, MD is the director of Duke University’s Pediatric Neurology Sleep Medicine Program and author of the book “My Child Won’t Sleep.”  Dr. Kansagra graduated from Duke University School of Medicine, where he also completed training as a pediatric neurologist. He did his fellowship in sleep medicine at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, before joining the faculty at Duke as an assistant professor. He specializes in treating a variety of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and parasomnias.

  Brent A. Senior, MD, FACS, FARS is Nathaniel and Sheila Harris Distinguished Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he also serves as Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Chief of Rhinology, Allergy, and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery.  Dr. Senior has lectured and instructed in nearly 100 national and international rhinology and sleep-related courses and authored 100 articles and chapters in the field.  In 2005, he co-edited the very successful text “The Frontal Sinus,” now in its second edition. Dr. Senior’s passion for education has been honored with his receipt of “Teacher of the Year” awards while his clinical expertise has been honored with several “Top Doctor” awards.  He currently serves as Chair of Rhinology and Allergy Education for the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery; Associate Editor of the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology; Past President of the American Rhinologic Society; President of the Christian Society of Otolaryngology; and he sits on the Board of Directors of the International Rhinologic Society.

Dr. Jamison Spencer completed his training in dentistry in 1998 at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine and received a Masters of Science degree in 2008 from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.  He is currently the director of The Center for Sleep Apnea and TMJ in Boise Idaho, and the Director of Dental Sleep Medicine services for 33 practices of Lane and Associates Family Dentistry in North Carolina.  He is adjunct faculty at the UNC School of Dentistry and at Tufts University.  He heads 'mini-residency' programs in Dental Sleep Medicine at both Tufts University and the University of the Pacific.  He is a past president of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain, the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, and the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Spencer lectures locally, nationally and internationally on TMD, dental sleep medicine and head and neck anatomy and is a founding faculty member of the AACP’s Institute and the AACP/Tufts Dental Sleep Medicine program. In addition to lecturing extensively in the US, he has been an invited lecturer in Canada, Panama, Brazil, Bulgaria, Australia, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, India, Bahamas, Curacao, and the Dominican Republic.

 Don Tyndall, DDS, MSPH, PhD is a professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the UNC School of Dentistry. He received his D.D.S. in 1980 from the UNC School of Dentistry, his M.S.P.H. in radiological hygiene and medical physics from the UNC School of Public Health in 1984, and his Ph.D. in health physics and radiation biology from UNC in 1988. Dr. Tyndall is currently the councillor for Scientific Affairs and Public Policy of the Executive Council of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. His research interests include 3-D digital imaging, implant radiology, applications of cone beam computed tomography in dentistry and the use of computers in image processing. His work has been published in more than 85 journal articles.

  Dr. Bradley Vaughn is a tenured professor of neurology, and adjunct professor in Biomedical Engineering and Allied Health at the University of North Carolina, School of Medicine.  He has been the medical director for the UNC Sleep Program for 25 years and is also currently serving as the Medical Director of Outpatient Care Services for the UNC Medical Center. He developed the sleep medicine residency at UNC and the Bachelor’s degree program in Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science. He has served on several committees and executive councils including being the previous chair for the Sleep Medicine Board Examination and Policy committee. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society.  His research explores the areas of sleep epilepsy and the interaction of sleep in neurological disease.

Mary Ellen Wells, PhD, RPSGT, R.EEG T., R.NCS T., is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at UNC-CH. She directs and teaches in the Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science BS program offered through UNC Charlotte with collaborative coursework through UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Wells has over 13 years of experience with instructional design, program evaluation, and e-learning specific to sleep medicine. She serves as president of the North Carolina Academy of Sleep Medicine, and served as principle investigator on the American Society of Neurodiagnostic Technologists Pathophysiology of Sleep, Neurological, and Related Disorders grant for the development of an advanced curriculum in neurodiagnostics and sleep science. She serves as program evaluator of the Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science degree program at The University of North Carolina. In addition to her research experience, Dr. Wells also has extensive clinical experience, as she has served as a practicing technologist in neurodiagnostics and sleep science for over 12 years, assisting in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with sleep and neurological disorders. She completed her BS in Computer Science at East Carolina University and her PhD in Education at North Carolina State University.


Dr. Karen Wuertz is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the UNC Department of Prosthodontics. She received her DDS from the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School. She has made it her mission to be on the cutting edge of dentistry and all the newest options available - from making your smile beautiful and your teeth healthy, to the latest dental sleep appliance and laser procedures that will allow patients to thrive and enjoy a great quality of life. As a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Wuertz is passionate about treating and coordinating care for patients as it relates to total head and neck conditions.

Cancellations and Refunds
Refunds will be made only if your space is filled. Refund requests (less 10% of TOTAL cost of the program) must be submitted in writing or email at least 30 days prior to the program start date. Due to non-refundable commitments, we cannot offer refunds after this date. AACP 11130 Sunrise Valley Drive, Ste 350 Reston, VA 20191 or email

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