Best Practices Managing Obstructive Sleep Apnea: The Dentist as Part of The Team

Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Presented by: Larry Cohen, DDS '80, Dennis Stiles, DDS, Montserrat Diaz-Abad, MD

Speaker Biographies:

Dr. Larry CohenLarry Cohen, DDS '80

Dr. Larry Cohen earned his DDS at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 1980.  He currently  is Assistant Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of General Dentistry at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Cohen practiced dentistry from 1980-1984 in the United States Air Force Dental Corps. Cohen then treated patients in his private practice from 1985 until 2010.  From 2006 until 2010, Dr. Cohen volunteered on the Dean’s Faculty at the School of Dentistry. In January 2011, he joined the full-time faculty. In June 2012, Cohen began the UM FDSP Sleep Medicine Practice. He developed an elective course in sleep medicine that was offered to fourth-year dental students. Sleep medicine today is part of the curriculum for all dental students. Cohen has also spoken to various study clubs, regional meetings and groups at the university on this topic. He is a member of the Maryland Sleep Society. He is also a staff member, emeritus, at the Med Star Montgomery Medical Center in Olney, Md.


Photo for CE Course‌Dennis Stiles, DDS

Dennis Stiles earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts and his dental degree from Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1986. He has been in private practice in Gaithersburg, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC, with his wife, Dr. Marie Tigani Stiles for 33 years.


Dennis has been a part time faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, where since 2008 he has served as a clinical instructor in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry department.  He is past president of the American Prosthodontic Society and is currently serving as President of the American Prosthodontic Foundation. He currently serving as a Board member for the non-profit  LD Pankey Institute. Dennis is a fellow in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Academy of General Dentistry, and is a member of American Dental Association, the American Prosthodontic Society, and the American Association of Dental Sleep Medicine. He received Diplomat status in 2017 from the American Board of Dental Sleep medicine.


Dr. Montserrat Diaz-AbadMontserrat Diaz-Abad, MD

Dr. Diaz-Abad is currently assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and director of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She earned her medical degree from the Instituto Tecnologico de Sango Domingo in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1997. She completed postgraduate training in internal medicine at Temple University before completing a three-year pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine fellowship at Temple in 2007. Diaz-Abad is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and is an ad hoc reviewer for the journal Respiratory Care.




Course Description

Many of our patients have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and more have undiagnosed OSA but suffer with the symptoms.  This course will discuss Obstructive Sleep Apnea and its etiology.  We will then discuss how the dentist and the dental team can play a major role in recognizing the signs and symptoms of OSA and become an integral part of the medical team in managing this disease.  The clinical steps, utilizing best practices, involved in managing the fabrication of oral appliances and the care of patients with OSA will be discussed.  This will include a hands on session for fabrication of a provisional oral appliance and morning aligner.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participants should be able to:

  • Understand the etiology of Obstructive Sleep Apnea .
  • Recognize the oral signs and symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
  • Understand how to integrate Dental Sleep Medicine into your  general practice.
  • Understand  the indications for and be able to fabricate a provisional appliance to begin the management of OSA.


  • Dentist: $475
  • Team member with dentist: $295
  • Team member: $355

CDE Credits:

  • 6 CDE credit hours / Lecture and Participation

Target Audience:

  • Entire Dental Team

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