The Airway Patient in your Dental Practice

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Course Summary

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) causes a variety of airway problems that can create dental treatment challenges for you and your patients. Many patients with airway breathing disorders, commonly referred to as sleep apnea, will present with aggressive wear and erosion, and premature failure of their teeth and dentistry, secondary to their airway issues. We believe that by expanding your knowledge on how the airway affects your patients, and their teeth, you will have greater success treating these patients that come into your office every day. 

In this introductory airway course, Dr. Kathy French dives into how airway issues differ between patients, what causes sleep apnea, and how variations of OSA affect dental treatment options.

After taking this course you will understand why dentists are often the first line of screening for OSA, and how you can use medical history, physical characteristics of your patients, and their oral anatomy to screen patients for obstructive sleep apnea. High resolution pulse oximetry is also reviewed as a screening tool, as well as tips to consider when selecting mandibular advancement appliances to treat your patients for obstructive sleep apnea. .


  • Learn what causes obstructive sleep apnea and how different airway issues result in different treatment options.
  •  Understand why dentists are the first in line to screen for sleep apnea and how to use medical history, physical characteristics, and the oral anatomy to screen patients for OSA.

  • Discover what tools are used in dentistry to screen patients for OSA and the two most common forms of sleep apnea treatment.

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Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. 10/1/2021 to 9/30/2024. Provider ID# 398961

Sleep Apnea for Dentists

Meet the instructor

Kathy French, DDS

Dr. Kathy French attended dental school at the University of Michigan.
She has practiced dentistry for the past 30 years in Itasca, IL. She has completed more than five times the required number of continuing education courses annually, concentrating on restorative and cosmetic dentistry. As an instructor at the Pankey Institute, she enjoys giving back to the organization that helped define and distinguish her career.

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