The Impact of Sleep Apnea on the Clinical Practice of Dental Hygiene

June 25, 2020
Eileen A. Derr, CDA, RDH, MPA

Course Objectives

1 CE Credit

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is not a well-understood concept among dental hygienists; however, hygienists are in a unique position to assist their patients in the diagnosis of the condition and then provide referral to a sleep physician. OSA is a condition that can have a profound effect on the patient’s overall health. This course will assist hygienists in the screening of OSA in their clinical practices.

Learning Objectives

  •  Define obstructive sleep apnea
  • Explain the three types of sleep apnea
  • Understand the causes of sleep apnea
  • List the signs of sleep apnea that a dental hygienist would notice
  • Explain the tools a dental hygienist could employ to decide whether to provide a referral to a sleep physician
  • List the possible treatments for sleep apnea

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ADA CERP Recognition

Glidewell Education Center is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Pace Approval

Glidewell Education Center
Nationally Approved PACE Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit
Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority, or AGD endorsement. 3/1/2021 to 2/29/2024.
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Eileen A. Derr, CDA, RDH, MPA

Eileen Derr is a professional educator who previously practiced clinical dental hygiene in the San Francisco Bay Area. After receiving a master’s degree from California State University, East Bay, she began to teach dental hygiene part-time, eventually progressing to consultant and director of dental hygiene. Derr has created and managed a number of health education programs for various organizations in the Bay Area, including Kaiser Permanente, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. She is also a member of the Washington County Public Health Advisory Council in Oregon.

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