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Fundamentals of Device Design
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This lecture reviews a variety of oral appliances styles that can be used to manage sleep-related breathing disorders. It examines fundamental design principles that will prepare dental sleep medicine practitioners to provide oral appliances that are best suited for their patients’ individual needs.

At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand foundational principles of device design;
  2. Discuss interconnectedness of material, retention and extension decisions;
  3. Recognize the significance of forces generated by propulsion mechanisms; and
  4. Consider circular strategy for device design to maximize patient comfort, compliance and treatment success
Target Audience
Dentists screening and treating patients with sleep related breathing disorders.
Speaker Bio

Patricia (Trish) Braga, DDS, D. ABDSM, graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and established a multidisciplinary practice in 1983. In 2006 Dr. Braga entered the field of dental sleep medicine and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine in 2013. She began limiting her practice to dental sleep medicine in 2014 and completed the transition in less than a year. She chaired the Accreditation Committee, served as director at large for the ABDSM and participated on the Consensus Conference panel to develop, “Management of Side Effects of OAT for SDB”. She currently serves as Director of Education for the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

She has no relevant financial interest/other relationships to disclose.
Supplementary Reading
  • Scherr S, Dort LC, Almeida FR, et al. Definition of an Effective Oral Appliance for the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring: A Report of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine. 2014; 1(1): p. 39-50.
  • Sutherland K, Cistulli P. Oral Appliance Therapy for OSA: State of the Art. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2019; 8(2121) p. 1-17.
  • Essick et al. Part III Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep-Disordered Breathing, Inside Dental Technology,  September 2016.
  • Roy S. 6 Oral Appliance Material Options. Sleep Review. June 2, 2015.
Additional Information
Content for this online learning module was last reviewed and approved by the AADSM Education Committee on April 1, 2020. No committee members have relevant financial interest/other relationships to disclose. Education Committee: Kathi Wilson, DDS - Chair; Saleema Adatia, DMD; Michael Pagano, DDS; Gordon Bell, DDS; Maia Tsirghiladze, DMD; Harmeet Chiang, DMD; Kevin Wallace, DMD; Michelle Cantwell, DMD - Board Liaison; and Patricia Braga, DDS - Director of Education

Duration: 56 minutes
Original release date: April 2, 2020
Expiration Date: None
AADSM online learning modules are funded exclusively by the AADSM. For questions regarding the content of this lecture or for technical assistance, contact the AADSM at or 630-686-9875.

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Availability: On-Demand
Cost: Member: $0.00
Non-Member: $75.00
Credit Offered:
1 CE Credit
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