Obstructive Sleep Apnea Program

Welcome to Dental Sleep Medicine. This program is designed to train and certify dental practitioners in the practice of Dental Seep Medicine. Dentists who complete this 3 level program will be certified to practice Dental Sleep Medicine in the Province of Alberta for 3 years. For those looking to get an introduction and base knowledge on the subject level 1 offers a great introduction to the subject. For those looking to begin the journey into treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea and adding Dental Sleep Medicine to their clinic all three levels will train Dentists to confidently treat OSA. 


The OSA certification program is a certification thought he University of Alberta Continuing Dental Education Program. Governing bodies and Professional Colleges have their own regulations, please check with your local governing body for program compliance.

What You can expect in this program

Check out an Introduction to Dental Sleep Medicine Webinar recorded earlier this Summer. 

Dental Sleep Medicine Program

Level 1: Introduction to Dental Sleep Medicine

Course 1 of the OSA certification program for Dentists to practice and diagnose Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

This course will introduce dentists to sleep disordered breathing and its clinical manifestations related to dentistry. Dentists who complete this course should be confident in identify the disease, discuss OSA with their patients, and send high value referrals to access multi-disciplinary care for their patient

Presentation Format

Pre-recorded webinars with competency quizzes per webinar. Webinars must be completed in sequence. Completion of the final webinar will allow for a longer comprehensive competency quiz that must be passed before proceeding to the next course.


• Introduction to the course
• What is normal sleep
• Sleep and total health
• Pathophysiology of OSA
• OSA and Dentistry 

$900 ($500 for those doing level 2 as well) 7 CE | Online September 2021


Those who take Level 1 and register for Level 2 within 6 months will receive a $400 discount on level 2. 

Level 2: Clinical Management of Sleep Disordered Breathing

Course Description (Objectives):

Introduce dentists to the clinical management of sleep disordered breathing in a dental practice. Dentists will receive didactic and clinical training on examining and assessing a patient for sleep disordered breathing, identifying and reviewing medical and sleep history, appropriate intervention selection, appropriate dental appliance selection, proper appliance delivery and delivery, and side effect management. Dentists who complete this course should be confident in providing dental interventions for patients with sleep disordered breathing without significant comorbid diseases. 

Day 1


Sleep Basics Overview (~3h)

Sleep Testing (~3h)

-          Level 1 (PSG)

-          Level 3 (HSAT)

Participants take home HSAT to use overnight

Case Classification (~2h)

-          ASA Classification

-          TMD Classification

-          General Health

Includes anatomy Lab Component


Day 2


Clinical Exam & Records (~4h)

-          Physical Exam

-          EO & IO Exam

-          Photos, X-rays

-          Alginate/PVS impressions

-          How to take a bite

-          Questionnaires

How to talk to Physicians (~2h)

Summary (~2h)

-          Includes Q&A


 $4300, 16 CE | November 2021, January 2022


Level 3: Hands-On Clinical Course

Level 3 will build on level 2 with the application of appliances on to patients. Dentists who complete this course will be certified to practice Dental Sleep Medicine in the Province of Alberta for 3 years.

Day 1


Case Classification (~2h)

-          ASA Classification

-          TMD Classification

-          General Health

Appliance Selection (~2h)

OAT Workshop (~4h)


Day 2


TMJ Anatomy & Sleep (~2h)

Side Effect Management (~2h)

Anatomy Lab (~2h)

Technology & Sleep (~2h)

-          Theragnostic Selection


$4300, 16 CE | Januray 2022

Our Faculty

Dr. Charkhandeh is a general dentist who received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Degree and Bachelor of Medical Sciences from the University of Alberta, Canada. He then furthered his education and training by completing a research fellowship in the area of “Sleep and Dental Sleep Medicine” at the University of Antwerp Hospital (UZA), in Antwerp, Belgium, where he is currently working on his PhD thesis in sleep medicine.
Dr Michael Major is the director of the Inter-disciplinarily Airway Research Clinic, a 10-year collaboration between the Stollery Children's Hospital and the University of Alberta School of Dentistry. Dr Major holds an academic appointment with the University of Alberta as an active researcher in pediatric sleep, and serves as co-president of Alberta Dental Sleep Medicine study club. Clinically he practices at Verve Orthodontics and The Snore Centre, where he serves as clinical director of pediatrics in Canada's first community based, multi-disciplinary, dental sleep medicine clinic.
Dr. Enoch Ng is a general dentist who received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Degree at the University of Minnesota. He pursued a General Practice Residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center before returning to Edmonton, Canada, where he practices at Enjoy Dental. Alongside clinical practice Dr. Enoch is currently pursuing his Certificate in Pain Management through the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta and is also graduate student at the University of Alberta’s School of Dentistry with his thesis in dental sleep medicine.