CE Course: Introductory Course to Dental Sleep Medicine

Introductory Course to Dental Sleep Medicine

Course Description

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine reports a continued rise in the prevalence of Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders, such as sleep apnea. In the last ten years, the conditions of sleep apnea and snoring have become widely known and treated collaboratively. This collaborative work has prompted the growth and expansion within the field of Dental Sleep Medicine and thus expanded the dental hygienist's role to become an integral member in the treatment of sleep apnea. Dental hygienists have taken more active roles within Dental Sleep Medicine and are screening for sleep apnea during the hygiene visit as co-therapists in specialized oral appliance offices and myofunctional therapists. This course will provide an introductory clinical overview of Dental Sleep Medicine and the opportunities it offers dental hygienists.

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Explain the pathophysiology of sleep apnea and recognize its signs and symptoms.
  • Describe the process of sleep biology and sleep architecture from NREM to REM.
  • Explore current treatment options such as myofunctional therapy and oral appliance therapy.
  • Discuss the role of the Dental Hygienist in Dental Sleep Medicine.

2 live CE credits

  • Consists of a 2 hour live Zoom class session, incorporating activities and discussion.


Wednesday, November 10th, 2021: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ET

Course fee:   $38

Refund/Cancellation Policies
Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable to any other course. However, if a course was registered in error, a refund may be granted. The refund request must be made within 24 hours of registration and emailed to Toni DePena at toni@nyu.edu. If any courses are canceled by NYU, a full refund will be given; in that case, students will not need to request a refund. Partial refunds will not be granted for any missed sessions.


Meet the Instructors

Ruth Marsiliani, MS, RDH, FBPI

This course will be taught by Professor Ruth Marsiliani, NYU College of Dentistry.

Ruth Marsiliani, MS, RDH, FBPI is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting at NYU College of Dentistry. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist, Neuroscientist, and Myofunctional Therapist. Ruth is also a national and international speaker on the subject of sleep apnea and Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders and has been active in research in the fields of infant sleep, cognitive and motor development, and obstructive sleep apnea in adults. In addition to her work as a researcher, Ruth co-authored a chapter in Sleep Disorders in Pediatric Dentistry: Clinical Guide on Diagnosis and Management and the Journal of Genetic Psychology: Methods used for Infant sleep Assessment. Ruth is a founding member of the Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences, a Fellow of the Buteyko Professional International, and researcher and team leader at FAIREST.or

New York University is designated as an approved Provider by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Inc. #AADHNYU (January 1, 2021 December 31, 2021). Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial Board of Dentistry.


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