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New Dimensions in Dentistry

By Continuing Dental Education

Saturday, October 23, 2021 9 am to 4 pm

155 Fifth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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New Dimensions in Dentistry: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Bruxism and TMD: What Do They Have in Common?

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and Delta Dental of California are pleased to present our 12th collaborative program designed to provide you with the best in continuing dental education. This year’s program will evaluate the interaction between disturbed sleep, bruxism, GERD, erosion and temporomandibular disorders. Moderated by Dr. Eugene Santucci, the three speakers—Drs. Chenin, Noble and Young—will share how these topics correlate and will discuss the latest concepts, techniques and methodologies. Our goal is to offer you practical, useful and clinically relevant information that can be easily incorporated into your practice.

The Pathophysiology of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Douglas L. Chenin, DDS

In this lecture, Dr. Chenin gives a colorful introduction to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) from a 3D CBCT imaging and dental anatomy focus. The course will cover terms, concepts, how to screen patients for OSA and how it is diagnosed. Multiple cases will be presented with photography and CBCT imaging to highlight the anatomy involved in obstructive sleep apnea. Emphasis will also be placed on how OSA correlates with TMD, bruxism and other health complications and comorbidities. This is a great introduction to obstructive sleep apnea and its anatomical basis for anyone interested in this topic.

You Will Learn

  • To understand the basic terms and concepts of OSA as a sleep disorder
  • To recognize the signs and symptoms of OSA that occur during wakefulness and sleep
  • To review the associated health complications and comorbidities that are correlated with OSA
  • To explore the role of 3D CBCT imaging within dental sleep medicine

Sleep Bruxism: Myths, Misconceptions and Management Strategies
Ward Noble, DDS, MS, MSEd

Knowledge of sleep bruxism has been clouded by various opinions, myths and misconceptions. Parafunctional behaviors, including sleep bruxism, awake bruxism and clenching, are very prevalent and have received much attention by the dental community. Interactions among saliva, erosive tooth wear, sleep apnea and gastric reflux (GERD) play a role in the causes and effects of this problem and will be the basis of this evidence-based discussion. This lecture will help guide practitioners toward useful and practical management strategies.

You Will Learn

  • To better understand the various components of parafunctional movements
  • To understand important differences between awake bruxism and sleep bruxism
  • To understand the interactions of sleep bruxism, sleep apnea, GERD and saliva
  • in the etiology of erosive tooth wear

The Straw that Broke the Camel’s Back: A TMD Case
Andrew Young, DDS, MSD

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are multifactorial. The more factors you identify, and the better you understand those factors, the better you can help your patients. Through a case study, Dr. Young will discuss and showcase an example of how those factors can work together to result in TMD.

You Will Learn

  • To become more aware of the various factors that contribute to the initiation
  • and perpetuation of TMD
  • To appreciate the relationship between bruxism, sleep disorders and TMD
  • To learn when TMD treatment should start when both TMD and sleep disorders are present

Who Should Attend

This informative program is designed for dentists and all team members in the office.

Discounted Tuition: $165 Delta Dental Members
Regular Tuition: $295 Non-Delta Dental Dentists; $195 Allied Dental Professionals
Program: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Check-in: 8:30 am
Location: Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, 155 Fifth Street, SF
Credits: This activity is designated for 6 units of continuing education credit. 


Douglas Chenin, DDS, is a graduate of the Dugoni School of Dentistry. He worked as director of clinical affairs for Anatomage where he helped develop the Invivo5 CBCT imaging software and surgical guide system. He also worked with BeamReaders, directing the implant planning consultations and surgical guide facilitation services. He is a CBCT technology expert and founded Clinically Correct Inc., a CBCT consulting and education company. His dental practice, San Francisco Dental Sleep Medicine, is limited to the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy.

Ward Noble, DDS, MS, MSEd, graduated from UCSF and completed a specialty program in prosthodontics at University of Michigan. He served as a faculty member at UCSF from 1970-2005. After 35 years in private practice, he became a professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry at the Dugoni School of Dentistry, where he has received teaching awards from both students and faculty. He has given more than 250 presentations both nationally and internationally and has written numerous articles and chapters for dental textbooks. 

Andrew Young, DDS, MSD, earned his DDS from University of California, San Francisco, completed a General Practice Residency with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in McClellan, CA, and earned his MSD in orofacial pain from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, New Jersey. He is board certified with the American Board of Orofacial Pain and a fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. He is director of Orofacial Disorders at the Dugoni School of Dentistry where he oversees the orofacial pain education, research and patient care. He also heads the school’s evidence-based dentistry curriculum.

Moderator (if room permits)

Eugene Santucci, DDS, MA, is an associate professor in the Department of Preventative and Restorative Dentistry at the Dugoni School of Dentistry. He has a master’s degree in educational psychology and counseling and teaches occlusion, aesthetics and TMD. He has presented nationally and internationally on the topics of dental sleep medicine, ADHD in children and sleep related disorders, occlusion, bruxism and acid wear, and has authored chapters on aesthetic dentistry and occlusion. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and a diplomate of both the Pierre Fauchard Academy and American Academy of Integrated Pain Medicine.

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