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Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea-Diagnosis and Treatment (AGD 730)

Presenter: Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, CDIA, MADAA


Sleep Apnea is considered a life threatening medical disorder in which a person stops breathing during sleep. The Institute of Medicine reports that 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders including sleep apnea. Daytime drowsiness alone costs the economy $150 billion in lost productivity and workplace accidents, and another $48 billion in medical expenses related to auto accidents involving drowsy drivers. It is also estimated that nearly 1 in 5 car accidents causing serious injury are associated with excessive daytime sleepiness. Sleep apnea is also associated with memory loss, morning headaches, irritability, depression, decreased sex drive, and impaired concentration. When left untreated sleep apnea can lead to hypertension, stroke, heart attack and sudden death while sleeping. Bryan Keropian, D.D.S. calls “Cancer, AIDS, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most dangerous and destructive diseases on earth.”


Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, CDIA, MADAA is a practicing dental assistant/office manager in O’Fallon, Missouri. She is the author of numerous dental articles and continuing education courses. She is a member of the American Dental Assistant Association and sits on the state board in Illinois. She also is a member of several councils of the ADAA. Tija is also the Director of the Dental Careers Institute with five locations throughout the United States.


Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

• Differentiate between snoring and sleep apnea.
• Identify who is at risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
• Recognize the signs and symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
• Name the levels of sleep apnea and recognize their severity.
• Discuss which entity can properly diagnose OSA.
• Identify treatment options for snoring and OSA.


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry.  Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices.

Credits earned upon completion of the course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.


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