The Synergistic Interplay Between Dental Sleep Medicine and General Dentistry

This course will bring to light not only the need to evaluate your patients for disturbed sleep patterns but offer the basic information to add to your existing evaluation process for all patients of record.  As dentistry expands its vision of care to encompass the total patient, sleep is definitely in the crosshairs.

  • 40 million Americans both children and adults suffer from disturbed sleep, how to detect them in your practice
  • Explore the effect on total body health as a result of the various comorbidities resulting from disturbed sleep and how it may affect your general dentistry
  • Understand why a child experiencing ADHD symptoms just may be the result of disturbed sleep
  • Explore the recent ADA resolution regarding your office’s role regarding the detection, referral or treatment regarding this new paradigm of total patient care 

Dr. Santucci additional notes on the seminar:

The bulk of my presentation involves the growing concern of disturbed sleep (apnea) in all our patients and its effect on their total body health. How does this paradigm fit into our dental practices and what does the ADA suggest we do to meet the standard of care. What part does general dentistry play in our day to day treatment of these patients and which general dentistry treatment options should be considered. Why are my teeth so short? How to evaluate and discuss treatment with the patient along with a few other concepts that come into play.  I will discuss some basic front office duties and what is to be done with appropriate billing issues. I will also give a reference regarding the billing for all to use free of charge.

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Dr. Eugene Santucci

Dr. Gene Santucci is an Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry at the University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry (UOP), in San Francisco, CA. He holds a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of the Pacific. He has balanced dental education with private practice for over 30 years.

Dr. Santucci is Co-Director of the Dental Sleep Mini-Residency Program at UOP as well as Content Coordinator for Sleep Medicine Curriculum at the dental school. He was a faculty member in their prestigious complex and esthetic rehabilitation program and is Course Director for the second year integrated preclinical restorative course teaching a curriculum that includes esthetic dentistry, occlusion and implants. He was a member of and author on UOP’s Task Force Report regarding sleep medicine course content, in dental education.

He has presented nationally and internationally on the topics of Dental Sleep Medicine, ADHD in Children and Sleep Related Disorders, Occlusion, Aesthetics, Temporomandibular Disorders, Dental Photography, Functional Anatomy of the Gnathostomatic System and Fabrication and Delivery of Night Guards.

Dr. Santucci has contributed to text books on the topics of: Headache and Facial Pain as well authored the chapter on The Patient Examination in an Esthetic Dental Practice in the 2010 text, Esthetic Dentistry in Clinical Practice from Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. This book has been published in 4 languages. Additionally he has contributed to numerous articles and abstracts in referred journals: Simplified Clinical Technique for Routine Indirect impressions using a Dry Field Illuminator, Evaluation of Digital Impressions (Cadent-i-Tero Scanner) versus Conventional Impression Techniques,  Multifactorial Facial Pain, Differential Diagnosis, Sleep Medicine in Dental Education, A Taskforce Report 2015.

Dr. Santucci is a Fellow in the American College of Dentists, a Diplomat in both the Pierre Fauchard Academy and American Academy of Integrated Pain Management. He holds membership in the American Dental Educators Association, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, California Sleep Society, American Association of Oral Systemic Health, American Dental Association, California Dental Association and Catapult Education.

He is also the past president of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry Alumni Association and the OKU National Honor Society Delta Delta Chapter.

Dr. Santucci’s goal is to encourage all dental professionals to become the first line of defense for children and adults in the evaluation, treatment or referral of patients with various types of sleep disturbances ranging from snoring to obstructive sleep apnea. Those of us in the dental profession can be responsible for many positive changes in people’s health. We can have an impact on children who are not performing to normal school standards, as well as adults who have medical issues involving co-morbidities such as diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and gastric distress.


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