Taking Sleep Apnea Beyond Oral Appliances: Seminar

Sleep Apnea and Appliances

Friday, March 9, 2018

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious medical condition that requires interdisciplinary care. Despite being a common disorder, it is estimated that OSA remains highly undiagnosed, with 75-80% of cases unidentified.

Spend the day with our team learning OSA screening, diagnosis and treatments. Improved understanding of OSA and its management will help you achieve quality treatment outcomes and ensure better overall health of your patients.

Learn How To

  • Analyze sleep apnea
  • Discuss the physician's perspective: who is NOT a good candidate for an oral appliance
  • Compare benefits of sleep studies: in-lab versus home sleep studies
  • Read and interpret sleep studies before and after treatment
  • Describe the classical and current concepts of sleep bruxism
  • Examine the etiology, mechanism, and prevalence of sleep bruxism in children
  • Discuss the role of sleep bruxism in sleep apnea
  • Analyze possible treatment options of sleep bruxism for patients with sleep apnea
  • Review the side effects of intraoral appliances used for sleep apnea and sleep bruxism
  • Define the role of the dentist during the initial visit: treat versus refer
  • Develop bite registration strategies: how early do you start treatment?
  • Determine which oral appliance to choose
  • Analyze the risk of patients who have TMD
  • Select treatment protocol: how fast do you titrate?
  • Discuss anticipated side effects
  • Develop retest strategies: knowing when and why 
  • Review and describe mechanical and anatomical factors
  • Discuss common and new surgical procedures
  • Analyze proper patient selection, indications and contraindications, complications and expected outcomes of varied procedures

Training Methods

Lectures, discussion

Meet Our Experts

Vladimir Leon-Salazar, DDS, MSD, Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Salazar started his education in dentistry at Inca Garcilaso de La Vega University in Peru before receiving his Master of Science in Orthodontics from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. He went on to earn Advanced certificates in both Orthodontics and TMD and Orofacial Pain from the University of Minnesota. He is currently in private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Charlene McEvoy, MD, is a pulmonologist providing care in St. Paul and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area including Hudson Hospital and Clinics and Regions Hospital. She received her medical degree from University of Minnesota Medical School and has been in practice for 29 years.

Mariona Mulet Pradera, DDS, MS, Associate Program Director, Graduate Program in TMD and Orofacial Pain, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Mulet maintains a clinical practice with HealthPartners focusing on temporomandibular disorders, orofacial pain, oral medicine, and dental sleep medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. This course is under the direction of Dr. Mulet Pradera.

Robert Nadeau, DMD, MD, Clinical Associate Professor and Clinical Director, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He completed his undergraduate and dental education at the University of Minnesota and his Graduate Training Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and medical degree at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Dr. Nadeau received his certification from the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 2015.


  • Final registration will begin at 8:00 AM.
  • Continental breakfast will be available during registration.
  • The program will run from 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM.
  • There will be 15-minute refreshment breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • Lunch is included.

If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program date.

Course details

What to wear

We suggest that you bring a jacket or sweater to help you adjust to the seemingly inevitable changes in meeting room temperature.

Refund policy

A full refund will be issued if you cancel at least one week (five working days) before the program. If you cancel less than one week prior to the program, a $50 processing fee will be deducted from your refund. For registrations charged to your credit card the refund will be credited to your account. No cash refunds will be issued on charged registrations.

Directions, parking & hotel

Directions & Map

Continuing Education & Conference Center
1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108-6092 

The Continuing Education & Conference Center is located on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus, just east of the intersection of Gortner and Buford.

Get direction to the Continuing Education & Conference Center


Reserved parking has been secured in Lot 104 (overflow parking in Lot 108), adjacent to the Continuing Education and Conference Center, between the hours of 7 AM and 10 AM. As you pull up to the gate, let the attendant know the name of the continuing dental education program you are attending. Attendees who arrive after 10 AM will have to pay for parking ($6) upon entering the lot. Cash and credit cards accepted.

Please note that if you park anywhere besides Lot 104 or Lot 108, you will be responsible for the parking fees.


List of hotels near campus.


$305 dentist

$175 senior citizen dentist, dental therapist, dental hygienist, dental assistant

$155 second and each additional dental therapist, hygienist or assistant


6 hours

Minnesota Credits
3 fundamental
3 core (Diagnosis & Treatment Planning)


8:30 AM to 3:45 PM


Continuing Education & Conference Center
Room 135
St. Paul Campus

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