Embarking on a journey through the realms of craniofacial pain and dental sleep medicine offers an invigorating frontier for dental professionals eager to deepen their expertise and enhance their practice. This evolving landscape not only promises to enrich your understanding of complex conditions affecting the craniofacial region but also equips you with the tools necessary to offer innovative, life-changing treatments to patients grappling with sleep-related disorders and chronic pain. 

As dentists, our commitment to lifelong learning is pivotal in staying abreast of the latest advancements in dental technology, therapeutic strategies, and research findings. The fields of craniofacial pain and dental sleep medicine, in particular, have witnessed substantial scientific progress over recent years, underscoring the need for ongoing education to master new diagnostic tools, treatment modalities, and interdisciplinary collaboration techniques. 

By dedicating ourselves to continuous learning in these areas, we not only fortify our professional development but also champion the well-being of our patients, offering them cutting-edge solutions that reflect the latest in dental excellence.

If you are ready to take the next step in providing craniofacial pain and dental sleep medicine services at your practice, join us for a four-part maxi-residency with Tufts University School of Dental Medicine beginning September 13.

Here is what you can expect.

A hands on portion

This residency program offers a variety of exciting workshops and hands-on demonstrations throughout the four sessions. Through these workshops, each attendee will receive two different dental sleep appliances made for themselves.

The hands-on modules include:

  • TMJ Evaluation, ROM, Cranial Nerve Evaluation, Muscle Palpation Workshop
  • Fitting Temp Appliances
  • Injection Workshop
  • Bite Registrations for TMD and Sleep Appliances
  • Seating OSA Appliances and Trouble Shooting Problems
  • Cadaver Labs Hands-on

What you will learn

Overall, there are a variety of things you will learn while attending this four-part series of classes. To help you prepare, here are some of the learning objectives for this residency on craniofacial pain and dental sleep medicine.

  • Basic understanding of the physiology of sleep, breathing, sleep-related movement disorders, upper airway resistance syndrome, adult and pediatric obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
  • Review of health consequences of sleep deficiency.
  • Understanding the anatomy as it relates to the upper airway to understand the anatomic model of airway obstructions better. 
  • Understand the interrelationship between TMD and sleep.
  • Review the common orofacial pain disorders (internal derangements, muscle disorders, neuropathic, neurovascular) and the criteria to diagnose such conditions.
  • Review patient intake forms and conduct a comprehensive interview to gather clues to help with a differential diagnosis. 
  • Hands-on examination, taking sleep appliance and TMJ appliance bite registration. 
  • Review of oral appliances for the management of OSA and which appliance is appropriate for each case.
  • Hands-on appliance fitting, adjustment, and troubleshooting.
  • Review normal and pathological images of Panorex, CBCT, and MRIs of the TMJ and upper airway. 
  • Indication and contraindications of injections for orofacial pain.
  • Hands-on module allowing clinicians to feel comfortable with the landmark and techniques of such injections. 
  • Fabricating temporary appliances for TMD and Sleep.

Register today before spaces fill up. We look forward to seeing you in this course and further helping you expand your dental practice to include craniofacial pain and dental sleep medicine.