OSA UNIVERSITY

OSA University is an online education platform dedicated to training dental sleep medicine team professionals. OSA-U courses are designed to optimize dental sleep medicine protocols and maximize patient success. 

New Virtual Study Club Webinar Presented: 1st Tuesday of Each Month

VIRTUAL STUDY CLUB LIBRARY


Roadmap Review - Optimizing the OSA Patient Flowchart
Learn to optimize the OSA patient flowchart in your practice. Dr. Tucker will provide insight with managing these steps and providing an exceptional patient experience with oral appliance therapy.

Screening Patients in Your Practice
Learn how to effectively screen the current patients in your practice. This webinar takes a deeper dive into learning new approaches on engaging with the "non-diagnosed" patient.


Appliance Design and Selection from a Clinical Perspective

Wouldn’t we all like to know the exact appliance that will provide the most efficacious treatment for our patients? Unfortunately, that is not currently a reality! There have been some recent exciting advancements in oral appliance design.

Bite Registrations - How to Take a Bite
Determining the proper vertical and horizontal position of the mandible is critical for oral appliance efficacy. This program will review the literature regarding the subject as well as the use of "Airway Metrics" bite registration systems.


Appliance Delivery, Follow Up and Management of Patient Care

Learn about the process of appliance delivery and the steps for follow up and management of care for your OSA patients.

SOAP Notes - Providing Follow-Up Information to the Physician Regarding Your Patients Treatment Progress.

One of the major complaints physicians have is the lack of follow-up documentation regarding patient progress with Oral Appliance Therapy. Communicating the patients treatment progress is critical to maintain the professional relationship with your referring physicians. Dr. Tucker will review how you can provide information to your referring physicians using your dental software using a SOAP note.


Solving Complicated Cases for Oral Appliance Therapy

Learn to problem solve and understand the decision making process to treat tough cases for oral appliance therapy.

Treating the Edentulous OSA Patient

Treatment of the edentulous population suffering from OSA with PAP therapy can be challenging. Dr. Tucker will educate you on treatment of the PAP intolerant edentulous patient with oral appliance therapy. 


CBCT Overview and the Role in Sleep  
During this webinar, you will learn how to utilize CBCT as it relates to dental sleep medicine. You will also learn effective protocols and information on the management of OSA patients.

Dental Sleep Medicine Implementation: Do You Have Your Bases Covered?

Do you have all systems in place to ensure a successful Dental Sleep Medicine practice?  Dr. Tucker will review some of the common pitfalls that circumvent maximizing your team and practice.  If you are struggling with implementation, this is a great webinar to get back on track!


ENT Collaboration for OSA Patients

Learn to work with local ENTs to incorporate a multidisciplinary approach to treating your OSA patients. 

An Industry Look at New Studies and Info
Gain a deeper understanding and awareness of new clinical sleep research. Learn Dr. Tucker's "OPINION, OPINION, OPINION" on trends in the industry and recent sleep reports and data.


Management of OSA in Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators

Dr. Tucker discusses the the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Transportation Safety Awareness Task Force response to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Federal Railroad Administration.

Vitamin D3 and Sleep
During the Vitamin D3 discussion, Dr. Tucker will highlight the impact of the vitamin deficiency on sleep, and the critical role D3 has on the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea.


Using HRV in Optimizing Airway Health
Understand how to use Heart Rate Variability (HRV) for the management of obstructive sleep apnea. Gain a physiological insight on using HRV in dental sleep medicine.

Understand D. I. S. E.  (Drug Induced Sleep Endoscopy)
Gain a greater understanding of D.I.S.E., the upper airway and the multi-disciplinary treatment approaches available for the OSA patient. 


CPAP for Prevention of Cardiovascular Events in Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  The SAVE Clinical Trials

This program  reviews a recent publication in The New England Journal of Medicine. A discussion of how CPAP did not prevent cardiovascular events in patients with moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea and established cardiovascular disease. This was a large study with an n of 2717 participants. This will be a great review of how you can proactively discuss the benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy for the CPAP intolerant patient with your medical colleagues.

Short Sleep - The Impact of Metabolic Syndrome on Mortality

The Impact of the Metabolic Syndrome on Mortality is Modified by Objective Short Sleep Duration" was published last week in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Dr. Tucker will discuss the importance of identifying the undiagnosed Metabolic Syndrome patients in your practice. Join us for a discussion on this cutting edge research and the impact on your dental sleep medicine practice. 


Medication Effects on Sleep

According to the Mayo Clinic, 7 out of 10 Americans are taking at least one prescription drug or more. Join Dr. Tucker as he discusses the effects of medication on sleep. This can play an important role in the management of your OSA Oral Appliance patients.

Home Sleep Testing Results

Dr. Tucker will review a recent publication from the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, "Conventional Polysomnography Is Not Necessary for the Management of Most Patients with Suspected Obstructive Sleep Apnea". This webinar will provide you relevant information regarding the management of your PAP intolerant OSA patients.


DSM Protocols and Guidelines Review

Dr. Tucker will review the updated guidelines and protocols regarding sleep disordered breathing from the ADA, ACP, AMA, AADSM. This webinar will also dispel the myths regarding dental sleep medicine protocols and guidelines. The information shared in this webinar will be crucial to understand for the overall care of your dental sleep patients. 

OSA University Forms and Documentation Review

Dr. Tucker will review each and every form in our Client Resources. He will discuss how and when to best utilize our forms to effectively manage the care for your patients.


Beyond AHI

AHI is the gold standard index that sleep physicians use to diagnose Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Aside from AHI, what other factors should be considered when treating the OSA patient with oral appliance therapy? Dr. Tucker will take a deeper dive into this captivating topic… “Beyond AHI”

UARS - Why These Patients Should Always be Treated

Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome or UARS is a common sleep disorder characterized by the narrowing of the airway that can cause disruptions to sleep. Diagnosis is difficult as pauses and decreases in breathing that are present in OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) patients are most times not present with UARS. UARS is often overlooked and often times goes untreated. It is important to note that UARS may eventually progress to OSA if left untreated. Dr. Tucker will review the signs and symptoms of UARS and the importance of treating UARS patients.


Challenges in Screening & Treating the Female OSA Patient

For years sleep apnea patients have been perceived as the overweight middle-aged man's disease. Women are commonly overlooked in the screening process and are often less outspoken about their symptoms. Dr. Tucker will go through the reasons why women are neglected in the screening process and treating the female patients in your practice.

Oxidative Stress

A common comorbidity to obstructive sleep apnea that often goes unmentioned is oxidative stress. Join us as Dr. Tucker discusses the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and oxidative stress.


Patient Selection Based on Dentition and Periodontal Support

Is every patient a candidate for Oral Appliance Therapy? Join us as Dr. Tucker goes through his process of determining validity of OAT and discusses "Patient Selection Based on Dentition and Periodontal Support."

Problem Solving Challenges with non-Favorable Changes in AHI Post OAT Treatment

When you treat a patient with Oral Appliance Therapy you may find the patient’s AHI is reduced, but they still experience a number of apneic events. This patient needs your help! Dr. Tucker will go through the steps to on how to treat patients with non favorable changes in AHI post OAT Treatment.


New Guidelines for Home Sleep Testing

Join us as Dr. Tucker reviews recent publications and guidelines for home sleep testing. Learn to identify fact from fiction and adapt best practices for dentists utilizing home sleep testing.

Learn to Educate Your Patients to Obtain a Diagnosis

Join as Dr. John Tucker reviews his process of obtaining an initial sleep test from his patients. Many dental practices typically struggle with patients being resistant to taking a sleep test. This webinar will help you increase your patient acceptance of the diagnostic sleep test.


The OSA University Virtual Study Club is lead by OSA University’s clinical director, Dr. John Tucker. The group meets via a webinar meeting on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm CST. The meeting highlights current industry topics and studies and runs approximately 60 - 90 minutes. At the end of the meeting, group members are invited to ask Dr. Tucker questions regarding the evening’s topic or about general dental sleep medicine information. 

Virtual Study Clubs are open to all current OSA University members. Registration for our upcoming Virtual Study Clubs is sent via email in a monthly newsletter. If you are not a current member of OSA University please Click Here to view our contact page.

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