Are you a dental professional seeking to expand your expertise and offer your patients comprehensive care that goes beyond routine check-ups? 

If so, Tufts University has an exciting opportunity for you! Introducing the Hands-on and Didactic Maxi-Residency in Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine, commencing this Fall 2023.

Why dentists and their teams are key

Dentists and their teams are uniquely positioned to play a pivotal role in identifying sleep apnea and craniofacial pain issues. Their extensive training equips them to assess patients holistically, enabling them to recognize traits, behaviors, and characteristics that may indicate underlying systemic conditions. 

With dental appointments occurring at least twice a year, these professionals can observe the subtle signs that others might miss. This program emphasizes the importance of screening for sleep apnea and craniofacial pain within the dental practice.

Course details and structure

This Maxi-Residency program is designed to offer a blend of in-person and live-streamed virtual sessions, allowing participants to choose the learning format that suits their preferences. The program consists of four sessions spread over several months, with each session covering essential aspects of craniofacial pain and dental sleep medicine. The dates for the sessions are as follows:

  • Session I: October 13-14, 2023 (Hybrid)
  • Session II: November 10-11, 2023 (In Person)
  • Session III: December 8-9, 2023 (Hybrid)
  • Session IV: January 12-13, 2024 (In Person)

Course objectives and takeaways

By participating in this Maxi-Residency, dental professionals can expect to gain a comprehensive understanding of the following:

  • Physiology of sleep, breathing, sleep-related movement disorders, and upper airway resistance syndrome.
  • Health consequences of sleep deficiency.
  • Anatomy of the upper airway in relation to airway obstructions.
  • Interrelationship between Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) and sleep issues.
  • Diagnosing common orofacial pain disorders using specific criteria.
  • Conducting comprehensive interviews and reviewing patient intake forms for accurate diagnosis.
  • Practical skills like taking sleep and TMJ appliance bite registration, fitting, and troubleshooting.
  • Identifying appropriate oral appliances for managing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
  • Using images like Panorex, CBCT, and MRIs to diagnose TMJ and upper airway conditions.
  • Indications and contraindications of injections for orofacial pain, along with hands-on techniques.

Special pricing for alumni

To make this invaluable opportunity more accessible, Tufts University is offering a special pricing of $5995* for alumni of Orofacial, TMD, DSM, and PDSM programs.

Don’t miss out on this chance to enhance your skills and provide your patients with top-notch care in craniofacial pain and dental sleep medicine. Join us this Fall 2023 for a transformative learning experience. Enroll today and be part of a community dedicated to elevating dental practice!


*Note: Pricing subject to change. Please refer to the official Tufts University website for the most up-to-date information.