Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency 2021-2022 (LIVE-STREAMED ONLINE AND ON CAMPUS)

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine's Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency is a 6-month program where participants engage with world-renowned experts in the field through lectures and workshops, both live-streamed online and in person. Between modules, program directors provide guided self-study and intermodule sessions.


The live portions of this program are split into three 3-day modules and two half-day intermodules:



  • Module I: Live-Streamed Virtual: October 14-16, 2021
    • Intermodule Session: Live-Streamed Virtual: December 12, 2021, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
  • Module II On Campus: January 20-22, 2022
    • Intermodule Session: Live-Streamed Virtual: February 27, 2022, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
  • Module III On Campus: April 7-9, 2022


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Program Director

Associate Professor and Division Director, Craniofacial Pain Center, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM).
Dr. Correa is committed to supporting academic learning as well as clinical practice and has worked as a faculty member at TUSDM Craniofacial Pain Center, for almost 20 years. During this time, Dr. Correa worked alongside faculty members to maintain the highest level of excellence in patient care and chair-side training for residents and dental students. Dr. Correa is an active member of professional associations such as ADEA, ADA, AADSM, AASM, and WSS. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM), Fellow of the International College of Dentists (ICD), and visiting professor in different dental schools. He received his certificate of achievement in Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain under the guidance of his mentor Dr. Noshir R. Mehta, and his Master’s of Sciences Degree at Tufts University. Dr. Correa incorporated the teaching of Dental Sleep medicine into the pre and postgraduate programs, and developed various CE programs at Tufts.

In addition to the service Dr. Correa provides within TUSDM, he also plays a leadership role outside the institution, having organized multiple community service events both locally and internationally for faculty and students.

Dr. Correa has mentored students and has taken on an increasing number of significant leadership responsibilities during his tenure at TUSDM, where he is currently appointed Director of the Division of Craniofacial Pain in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences. He also serves as Program Director of the division’s two advanced graduate education programs, the Dental Sleep Medicine Fellowship and the Orofacial Pain Advanced Graduate Education program.

The international reputation Dr. Correa holds is evident from his multiple well-attended continuing education courses, which receive overwhelmingly positive feedback. These include the Temporomandibular Disorders Mini-residency, Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-residency, Dental Sleep Medicine Comprehensive Introduction, and Pediatric Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-residency. He also has been invited to present at institutions across multiple continents, including North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. 

Program Coordinators

NOSHIR R. MEHTA, D.M.D., M.S., For over 49 years, Dr. Mehta has been a part of the faculty at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. In 1976, he co-founded the first school based TMD center in the country which grew into the current Craniofacial pain center at Tufts. He is currently a senior adviser to the Craniofacial Pain, Headache and Sleep he co-founded. Dr. Mehta has a special interest in orofacial pain and dental sleep medicine. He lectures nationally and internationally on these topics. Dr. Mehta has received numerous awards from various dental organizations including the prestigious Hayden Stack Award from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and, most recently, 2015 Clinician of the Year from the Massachusetts Dental Society. He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals, is editor of the sleep section for the Journal of Craniomandibular and Sleep Practice and sits on the editorial board of several other international publications.


JAMISON R. SPENCER, D.M.D., M.S., Dr. Jamison Spencer is the director of Dental Sleep Medicine for the Center for Sleep Apnea and TMJ, in Boise Idaho and Salt Lake City Utah. Dr. Spencer is the Past-President of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP), a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain, a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine and has a Masters in Craniofacial Pain from Tufts University. He taught head and neck anatomy at Boise State University, is adjunct faculty at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Spencer has been invited to give lectures on TMD, Dental Sleep Medicine and head and neck anatomy throughout the United States at every major dental meeting, Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Australia, Europe and India.


JONATHAN PARKER, D.D.S., Dr. Parker is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and an adjunct faculty at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He has treated patients with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) for over 29 years and has a full-time practice in dental sleep medicine in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 2001. Dr. Parker has lectured internationally on the role of the dentist in managing snoring and OSA. He has authored a number of research articles and abstracts evaluating the effectiveness of oral appliance therapy for OSA.


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Course Details



Tufts University School of Dental Medicine's Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency has been designated as an Accredited AADSM Mastery Program Provider. Attendees of accredited Mastery Program Provider programs are eligible to earn the AADSM Qualified Dentists designation and apply for the ABDSM certification exam through the Mastery Track.


This Mini-Residency Program is divided into three modules, each consisting of three days of lectures, workshops, and inter-module guided learning. This allows participants to incorporate their learning into their clinical practice as they progress.


This program is designed for dentists looking to expand their understanding of dental sleep medicine. It emphasizes the connection between sleep medicine, dental sleep medicine and TMD.


On-site curriculum will include:


  • Lectures by leading clinicians and researchers
  • Hands-on sessions
  • Clinical case-based learning


Guided self-study will include:


  • Literature review and assignments
  • Clinical case-based learning
  • Intermodule webinars
  • Practice quizzes


Course Topics


  • Dental Sleep Medicine
    • Dental Management of OSA
    • Adjunct Therapies for OSA
    • Surgical Procedures
    • Clinical Guidelines and Clinical Protocols
  • Insurance, Billing and Legal Issues
    • Overview of Private and Governmental Medical Insurances in USA
    • The Scope of Practice of Dental Sleep Medicine
    • Legal Issues Related to the Practice of Sleep Medicine
  • Sleep and TMD
    • Understanding the correlation between sleep and pain
    • Comprehend the management of TMD side effects
  • Somnology and Sleep Medicine
    • History of Sleep Medicine
    • Causes of Sleep Deficiency
    • Health Consequences of Sleep Deficiency
    • Reducing Health Disparities
    • Anatomy of the Airway
    • Sleep Disorders
    • Medical Management of OSA


Course Learning Modalities


  • Clinical Case-Based Learning
    • Clinical Case Presentations and Discussions
  • Literature Review
    • Reading and Understanding Scientific Literature
    • Evidence-Based Dental Sleep Medicine Reviews
    • Intermodule Guided Learning (article review)
  • Course Workshops
    • Clinical Examinations
    • Dental Impressions
    • Bite Registration
    • Oral Appliance Fittings and Adjustments

Learning Objectives
  • Develop a deeper understanding of sleep, the physiology of sleep, chronobiology (circadian rhythms), breathing and non-breathing related sleep disorders, sleep related movement disorders, upper airway resistance syndrome, adult and pediatric obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and the health consequences of sleep deficiency
  • Understand the interrelationship between TMD and sleep
  • Develop proper examina­tion principles and bite registration techniques
  • Learn how to get started screening, evaluating, referring, and managing OSA patients
  • Obtain an unbiased review of oral appliances for the management of OSA and review appliance selection criteria
  • Practice bite registration techniques for OSA oral appliance therapy
  • Gain experience using several different custom-fabricated oral appliances with a hands-on appliance fitting and adjustment workshops
  • Participants will learn how to incorporate dental sleep medicine into their practice, including working with sleep laboratories, and medico-legal issues related to dental sleep medicine practice
  • This course does not guarantee a participant board certification but rather supports their foundational academic pursuits in Dental Sleep Medicine.

What Sets Us Apart


  • Longest university-based Dental Sleep Medicine mini-residency in the USA
  • Strong community from limited class size
  • International, renowned speakers
  • Hands-on workshops including:
    • Examination
    • Bite registration techniques
    • Fitting and adjustments of oral devices
    • Fitting of morning jaw aligners
  • Foundation in understanding and managing TMD symptoms

Testimonials from Past Participants

“Tufts Dental Sleep Program was a great educational experience for me. Excellent scientific material presented by exceptional speakers that significantly improved my professional life. Thanks to this program I can now confidently help many of my patients.”


“It played a very important role in my journey in becoming an International Certificant by ABDSM.”


“Dr. Correa is a master of gathering together the best educators and speakers in the dental sleep medicine community. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to take Dental Sleep Medicine seriously.”


“I could not imagine entering the field of dental sleep medicine without having a solid foundation of training and I don't believe that there is a better program than the Tufts Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency for providing that training and education.”

CE Credits

Approximately 145 CEU hours available


Participation CEU hours: Approximately 65 hours are available during modules

Self-Study CEU hours: Approximately 80 hours are available during intermodule discussions and assignments



AGD Code: 730, 180

Course Fee

Tuition: $12,000*


*Payment Plan: If you would like to take advantage of our payment plan to pay your tuition in 3 equal installments of $4,000 each, please call us to pay by phone at 617.636.6629.


Refund Policy for Dental Sleep Medicine Programs: Full tuition refund or credit will be given for cancellations received at least one month prior to the course start date. Refunds or tuition credit will not be given after that time or to no-shows.


Wait List Policy: If a CE course obtains enough registrations where a wait list is established, the CE office will notify individuals with unpaid registration balances and ask them to pay their balance to secure their place in the course. If payment is not made to secure their place, the CE office has the right to offer that place to a paying individual on the wait list.







Sponsorship / Exhibitors

This program is sponsored in part by True Function Laboratory  and 3Shape

If you are a company and are interested in sponsoring this program, please contact the Office of Continuing Education at 617.636.6629 or

International Travelers

For our international participants attending On Campus courses, programs, or modules please review necessary travel requirements prior to entering the United States of America. Since Continuing Education programs are considered a “recreational course of study” by the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs, most of our participants only need a B-2 Visitor or Tourist Visa. For more information feel free to visit the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs website at or looking at your individual United States of America's Embassy's website. If you require a letter verifying your registration and payment for a course in the United States of America, please contact the Continuing Education Office at


This course will be offered with Virtual and In Person modules.


For In Person modules, the program will be held at:


Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

1 Kneeland St
Boston, MA 02111

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About Us


Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.


We may be reached by email at, and by phone at 617-636-6629.

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