DENT 6103EX - Dental Sleep Medicine in Practice II

External - Semester 2 - 2015

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DENT 6103EX
    Course Dental Sleep Medicine in Practice II
    Coordinating Unit School of Dentistry Office
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s External
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week online
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites ANHB 8431, ANHB 8432, DENT 6100, DENT 6101, DENT 6103
    Restrictions Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Janet Fuss

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Janet Fuss
    Phone: +61 8 8313 0778
    Location: Room 5.08 Oliphant Building, Anatomy and Human Biology, University of Western Australia

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Christopher Pantin
    Phone: +61 8 8313 0778
    Location: Room 5.08 Oliphant Building, Anatomy and Human Biology, University of Western Australia

    Tutor: Dr Andrew Ng
    Location: Room 5.16 Oliphant Building

    Tutor: Clinical Associate Professor Stuart Mackay
    Location: Private ENT practice & University of Woollongong

    Tutor: Associate Professor Craig Dreyer
    Location: Room 5.210 Adelaide Dental Hospital

    Tutor: Dr Paul Sambrook
    Location: Room 5.210 Adelaide Dental Hospital

    School Office
    Phone: +61 8 8313 8101
    Location: Room 5.16 Oliphant Buildng
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Be able to discuss the surgical principles related to management of sleep disordered breathing
    2 Understand the range of presurgical evaluations
    3 Appreciate the selection of surgical procedures
    4 Be able to discuss the evidence for and against surgical interventions
    5 Evaluate the effectiveness of oral appliance therapy in surgical cases
    6 Demonstrate competency in the management oral appliance therapy for referred patients
    7 Present cases to peers in a manner that facilitates interdisciplinary management of patients
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3-5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 5-6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6-7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5-6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5, 7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6-7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Barr Smith Library  
    The University of Adelaide Library has an extensive dental / oral health collection housed on the North Terrace campus where you can also access related materials from other collections such as ethics, medicine, engineering and science.  

    External students living outside the Adelaide metropolitan area can arrange a special loan service for hard-copy items if electronic access is not available. 

    Information about the Remote Student Library Service is available at

    Required resources
    – available through the Barr Smith Library Dental and Medical Collections, and other academic book suppliers including the publishers.

    Required Text
    Attanasio, R and DR Bailey (2009), Dental Management of Sleep Disorders, Wiley-Blackwell
    Available at Barr Smith Library Barr Smith Main Collection (616.8498 A8834d)
    Lavigne, GJ, PA Cistulli and MT Smith (editors) (c.2009), Sleep Medicine for Dentists: A Practical Overview, Quintessence
    Available at Barr Smith Library Barr Smith Main Collection (616.8498 L411sm)
    Recommended Resources
    Bailey, Dennis R (guest editor)  (2010) Dentistry's role in sleep medicine; Sleep Medicine Clinics Vol. 5, No. 1 March 2010, Saunders
    Available at Barr Smith Library Barr Smith Main collection (616.8498 B1544d )

    Smith, Harold R; Cynthia Comella & Birgit Hèogl (2008) Sleep Medicine [electronic resource], Cambridge University Press
    Available as an electronic book via the Barr Smith Library Catalogue

    Badr, M (2011)  Essentials of Sleep Medicine [electronic resource], Springer
    Available as an electronic book via the Barr Smith Library Catalogue

    Meir H. Kryger,  Thomas Roth &William C Dement (5th ed, 2010) Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine [electronic resource], Expert Consult Premium Edition - Enhanced Online Features, Elsevier Health Sciences
    Available as an electronic book via the Barr Smith Library Catalogue

    Lee-Chiong, Teofilo  (2nd ed, 2013) Sleep Medicine [electronic resource]: Essentials and Review,
    Elsevier Health Sciences
    Available as an electronic book via the Barr Smith Library Catalogue

    Barkoukis, Teri J,  (2012) Therapy in Sleep Medicine, Elsevier
    Available as an electronic book via the Barr Smith Library Catalogue

    Sleep and Breathing
    American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
    Most issues of these and other relevant journals are available electronically via the Barr Smith Library Catalogue
    Online Learning
    All lectures, instructional videos, most resource documents, discussion boards and information about Skype sessions will be available on the University of Adelaide’s electronic learning platform MyUni.

    MyUni also provides library information, some links to copyrighted documents held in the main Library’s catalogue, guidelines for reviewing scientific and clinical research publications/articles, scientific writing, and seminar case presentations, formal and ad hoc online discussions; information about and easy e-mail access to staff and presenters.

    Occasionally hard-copy documents, such as key journal readings, will be posted to students.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is delivered online in six modules with student activities including online tutorials (delivered via MyUni and/or Skype) supporting the online lectures.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Structured hours for the semester:
    Online program orientation x 1 hour
    23 x 1 hour online lectures
    2 x 1 hour online tutorials
    3 x 3 hour case reviews
    2 x 2 hour workshops
    Write up of treated patient cases
    Case presentation (Skype or virtual classroom)
    Case report
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week Topic Lecture
    Week 1 Module 1  Surgery considerations for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)
    Lecture 1
    History of surgery in OSA and types of surgery
    Lecture 2
    Surgical principals
    Lecture 3
    Indications for surgery for OSA
    Lecture 4
    Effectiveness of Surgery for OSA
    MyUni online delivery
    Week 2 Completion of Module 1
    Tutorial 1
    Review of Literature for surgery and OSA
    Online quiz 1
    MyUni online delivery
    Week 3 Module 2  Presurgical Evaluation
    Lecture 5
    Nasal airway patency
    Lecture 6
    Airway collapse
    Lecture 7
    Sedation nasoendoscopy
    Lecture 8
    Use of manoeuvres
    Lecture 9
    Pharyngeal views
    MyUni online delivery
    Week 4 Completion of Module 2
    Tutorial 2
    Case examples
    Online quiz 2
    MyUni online delivery
    Week 5 Module 3  Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
    Lecture 10
    Orthognathic surgery and orthodontics
    Lecture 11
    Staging of upper airway surgery
    Lecture 12
    Soft tissue surgery
    Lecture 13
    Hard tissue surgery
    Lecture 14
    Bariatric surgery
    Lecture 15
    Complications of surgery
    MyUni online delivery
    Week 6 Completion of Module 3
    Tutorial 3
    Surgery versus oral appliance therapy versus CPAP
    Online quiz 3
    MyUni online delivery
    Week 7 Module 4  Clinical case 4
    Case Review 1 (3 hours)
    OSA patient with sleep bruxism
    Lecture 16
    Bruxism as a sleep disorder
    Lecture 17
    Dental treatment of other parasomnias
    MyUni online delivery
    Week 8 Completion of Module 4
    Online quiz 4
    MyUni online delivery
    Week 9 Module 5  Clinical Case 5
    Case Review 3 (3 hours)
    Moderate OSA patient with symptoms
    Lecture 18
    Review of efficacy. Titration study follow up
    Lecture 19
    Management modification and improved efficacy
    MyUni online delivery
    Week 10 Completion of Module 5
    Online quiz 5
    MyUni online delivery
    Week 11 Module 6  Clinical case 3
    Case Review 3 (3 hours)
    Complex obstructive sleep apnoea patient with medical complications
    Lecture 21
    Medical complications affecting obstructive sleep apnoea treatment
    Lecture 22
    Refractory mandibular advancement splint cases
    MyUni online delivery
    Week 12 Completion of Module 6
    Online quiz 6
    MyUni online delivery
    Week 13 Case presentations MyUni virtual classroom  or via Skype
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Online quiz x5 Summative 50% 1-5
    Tutorial x1 Summative 10% 1-5
    Case presentation Summative 20% 6, 7
    Formal case report Summative 20% 6, 7
    Tutorial x2 Formative 1-5
    Case review x3 Formative 1-5
    Assessment Detail
    Online quiz x 5 (50%)
    – at the end of each module students will complete an online quiz.  The quizzes will use a variety of question formats – MCQ, SBA, extending matching questions and short answer.

    Tutorial 3 (10%)
    – Assessment of tutorial: design a flow chart demonstrating clinical reasoning in selecting surgical management or oral appliance therapy or CPAP  

    Case presentation (20%)

    Written case report (20%)

    Tutorial 1 (formative assessment)
    – students will explore selected scientific literature on the use of surgery in the management of obstructive sleep apnoea

    Tutorial 2 (formative assessment)
    – students will explore complex cases of sleep disordered breathing, their medical and dental assessment and surgical management.  The tutorial paper will require students to respond to several short answer questions.

    Case review x 3 (formative assessment)
    – Critical evaluation and discussion of three cases involving surgery (diagnosis, multidisciplinary management, monitoring and outcomes) of increasing complexity.
    All submissions will be electronic.

    Tutorial submissions are to be uploaded to the relevant MyUni discussion board. Other electronic submissions are to be emailed to

    For details please refer to DENT 6103EX on MyUni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
    Mr Adam Townsend leads the Academic support Team in the School of Dentistry and is the designated support staff for the GDDSM. You can contact Adam via email or by phone +61 8 8313 8101.

    Support with enrolment matters is provided by Ms Nimi Ashok +61 8 8313 3415
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