Obstructive Sleep Apnea Level 1: Introduction to Dental Sleep Medicine

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Level 1: Introduction to Dental Sleep Medicine

Part of the OSA Certification Program

Course Description (Objectives):

Course 1 of the OSA certification program for Dentists to practice and diagnose Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

This course will introduce dentists and dental hygienists to sleep disordered breathing and its clinical manifestations related to dentistry. Dentists who complete this course should be confident in identifying the disease, discussing OSA with their patients, and sending high value referrals to access multi-disciplinary care for their patient

Presentation Format

Pre-recorded webinars with competency quizzes per webinar. Webinars must be completed in sequence. Completion of the final webinar will allow for a longer comprehensive competency quiz that must be passed before proceeding to the next course. One live session at the end of course via zoom platform.

Live session via zoom: August 15 & November 7 (recording available if cannot attend day of)


• Introduction to the course
• What is normal sleep
• Sleep and total health
• Pathophysiology of OSA
• OSA and Dentistry
• Screening Questionnaires (adult)
• Diagnostics/Referral Pathways
• Adult Treatment Options
• Intro to Peds OSA
• CDSA Guidelines



The OSA certification program is a certification through the University of Alberta Continuing Dental Education Program. Governing bodies and Professional Colleges have their own regulations, please check with your local governing body for program compliance.

Full Program Information


Dr. Shouresh Charkhandeh BMedSc, DDS

Dr. Charkhandeh is a general dentist who received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Degree and Bachelor of Medical Sciences from the University of Alberta, Canada. He then furthered his education and training by completing a research fellowship in the area of “Sleep and Dental Sleep Medicine” at the University of Antwerp Hospital (UZA), in Antwerp, Belgium, where he is currently working on his PhD thesis in sleep medicine.

Dr. Michael Major DMD MSc, FRCDc

Dr Michael Major is the director of the Inter-disciplinariy Airway Research Clinic, a 10-year collaboration between the Stollery Children's Hospital and the University of Alberta School of Dentistry. Dr Major holds an academic appointment with the University of Alberta as an active researcher in pediatric sleep, and serves as co-president of Alberta Dental Sleep Medicine study club. Clinically he practices at Verve Orthodontics and The Snore Centre, where he serves as clinical director of pediatrics in Canada's first community based, multi-disciplinary, dental sleep medicine clinic

Dr. Enoch Ng DDS

Dr. Enoch Ng is a general dentist who received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Degree at the University of Minnesota. He pursued a General Practice Residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center before returning to Edmonton, Canada, where he practices at Enjoy Dental. Alongside clinical practice Dr. Enoch is currently pursuing his Certificate in Pain Management through the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta and is also graduate student at the University of Alberta’s School of Dentistry with his thesis in dental sleep medicine.