2018 Dental Sleep Medicine Mini Residency

Dates: January 26-27 + March 2-3, 2018 + April 6-7, 2018
Location: UNC School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, NC


Sponsor: UNC Department of Prosthodontics and the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
Map to Event:  Click here for directions

Cost: Dentists $6595-payment in full due at time of registration. Or $6995 if paid in two installments ($3497.50 at the time of initial registration. The remaining payment of $3497.50 must be paid by Noon on Jan 5, 2018.) Fees include all meals on the agenda, group dinner, webinars between sessions, parking and more.  The course is currently sold out for dentists.

A parallel program will be offered for dental staff.  Dental Assistants and/or Dental Hygienists may attend a weekend session for $850 or all 3 sessions for $2200.  Fees include all meals on the agenda, group dinner, webinars between sessions, parking and more.  Spots are still available for dental team members.


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. 



 Questions about registration call 703-234-4123


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Course Description
The University of North Carolina School of Dentistry and the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP) are pleased to offer the 2018 Dental Sleep Medicine Mini Residency. 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.

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

Session I (January 26-27, 2018)

  • Describe basic physiology of normal and abnormal sleep, of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and other common sleep disorders.
  • Explain the role of dentistry in sleep medicine and discuss how to screen patients for sleep disorders in your dental practice.
  • Describe the different types of oral appliances used to treat OSA or snoring, their modes of action, and selection of appliance for different patients.
  • Write a protocol for treating patients with oral appliances in the participant’s office and differentiate the roles of the dental and medical teams.
  • Demonstrate how to evaluate patients for oral appliance therapy and how to take the required bite records.
  • Demonstrate examination of the TMJ and masticatory muscles in the evaluation and treatment of patients with oral appliances. 

Session II (March 2-3, 2018)

  • 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.
  • Outline short and long-term side effects of oral appliance therapy and illustrate methods to address them.
  •  Develop a plan to manage side effects of oral appliance therapy.
  •  Discuss how dentists and physicians evaluate the effectiveness of oral appliance therapy.
  •  Describe combination therapy and its use to address poor treatment outcomes.
  •  Explain considerations of the TMJ in the treatment of OSA with oral appliances.

Session III (April 6-7, 2018)

  • Read PSG reports and use the information obtained in assessing patients before oral appliance therapy and in assessing the efficacy of therapy after the final adjustments are made.
  • Demonstrate how to use home sleep apnea tests in the adjustment of oral appliances to optimize their efficacy.
  •  Describe how pediatric OSA differs from adult OSA, and dental approaches to the treatment of pediatric OSA.
  •  Distinguish oral and maxillofacial surgical approaches in the treatment of OSA and their indications.
  •  Review long-term follow-up care of patients treated with oral appliances.
  •  Outline strategies to optimize communications between dental and medical colleagues.
  •  Implement strategies to engage all dental team members in the practice of dental sleep medicine.
  •  Understand the unique challenges of DSM practice management such as those pertaining to medical insurance reimbursement, and strategies for addressing the challenges 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 www.ada.org/cerp.

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

UNC School of Dentistry is a nationally accredited provider. Regulations may differ from state to state based on current legislation and/or various certifying organizations. Individuals are responsible for verifying acceptance of credit hours by their state boards or other licensing agencies. Individuals should check with their licensing boards/agencies for specific questions.

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.

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.

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 hsheikh@drohanmgmt.com

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.

   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, RDH, MS 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 published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Kristin currently serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the UNC School of Dentistry and the Clinical Sleep Director at Wainright & Wassel DDS in Raleigh, NC. She also educates dental hygienists and dental assistants on screening and managing patients with OSA through various educational programs.

  Dr. Ibrahim Duqumis a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics and the director of the Digital Clinical Technology 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 Board Eligible for the American Board of Prosthodontics a Fellow of International College of Dentists and a member of numerous dental organizations.

Dr. Duqum teaches all aspects of Prosthodontic therapy at the graduate, clinical and preclinical levels. Dr. Duqum was the recipient of the 2014 Richard Hunt Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence and received multiple class teaching awards, He was also the 2015 UNC nominee for the OKU Charles Craig national award for the best innovative dental educator. Dr. Duqum serves as an editorial board member and reviewer for multiple dental journals.

Dr. Duqum is actively involved in patient care at UNC Dental faculty practice and is a member of UNC dental implant team. His clinical interests include oral rehabilitation of complex cases with fixed, removable, and implant supported prostheses. His research interests include the educational and clinical applications of Digital Dentistry in addition to the clinical application of Implant Therapy and Contemporary Dental Materials. Dr. Duqum publishes and lectures about all aspects of prosthodontic and Dental Implant Therapy.

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 restorative 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. He recently moved to Asheville, NC and works with Dr Douglas Phillips treating patients with Sleep Disordered breathing. 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.

 André Mol, DDS, MS, PhD is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences. He received his D.D.S. degree from Utrecht University in 1987 and a Ph.D. degree from the VU University in Amsterdam in 1992. Following completion of an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program at the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester N.Y., he worked as an assistant professor in the Eastman Department of Dentistry of the University of Rochester before coming to UNC. Dr. Mol completed the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology since 2001. Dr. Mol served as the director of the school's Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Graduate Program and is currently the Vice-President of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

 Rose Nierman is a pioneer of cross coding in dentistry and leading expert in her field. She is an entrepreneur, educator and author. Ms. Nierman created the first manual, seminar, and software program dedicated to helping dentists implement medical billing into their practice. Her life's work for nearly 30 years has enabled dental practices to procure medical insurance reimbursement for their patients. Ms. Nierman is a frequent presenter at major dental CE conferences, teaching dentists and their teams how to get paid by medical insurance for Dental Sleep Medicine, TMD, Oral Surgeries / Implants, and more. In addition, she is the speaker of Nierman Practice Management's renowned course - CrossCoding: Unlocking the Code to Medical Billing in Dentistry, held 15+ times a year nationwide. Rose has more experience training dental practices in cross-coding than any other person or group.

Her journey began as a hygienist in a busy dental practice treating TMJ disorders. Rose recognized a way to successfully bill patients' medical insurance, allowing patients to receive treatments they otherwise would not have been able to obtain. Realizing the potential to help others, she refined and documented her protocols, and in 1988 wrote her first manual “Successful Medical Insurance in Dentistry.”  During the same year, she founded Nierman Practice Management and began teaching other dental practices how to implement medical billing in their own practice. Her secret revolves around proper communication and documentation - knowing how to communicate with insurance companies, and showing medical necessity through thorough narrative reports.  In 1991, she developed the first version of DentalWriter™ and CrossCode™ Software, which has since become the leading dental software for implementing dental sleep medicine, TMD, and medical billing.  To date, she has authored 5 dental practice management manuals, over 100 articles, educated over 10,000 dental professionals, and continues to lead the cross-coding industry through her advancements in education, technology, and experience.

  Brent A. Senior, MD, FACS, FARS is Nathaniel and Sheila Harris 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 120 national and international rhinology courses and authored 120 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 and the “Cottle Award” from the American Rhinologic Society, the highest award for education from that society. His clinical expertise has been honored with numerous annual “Top Doctor” awards, while his humanitarian efforts garnered him a “Humanitarian of the Year” Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology in 2005. 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 American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. He was recently named President-Elect 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.

   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.

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