AACP Online Education - Hygienist’s Role in the Evaluation & Treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing

The goal of this program is to teach hygienists how to screen for and refer patients with sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBDs) and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), and to understand their role on the treatment team. Dental hygienists are uniquely placed as primary care clinicians who see patients on a regular basis, making them instrumental in identifying patients with SRBDs and TMD.

After completing the Hygienist's program you will have learned:

  1. The basics of normal sleep, SRBDs, and TMD
  2. To screen their patients for possible SRBDs and TMD
  3. To work as part of the medical/dental team in the treatment of patients with SRBDs and TMD

Program length: 4 hours

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Module 1 The Dental Hygienist’s Role in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing (Part 1)

Instructor: James Spencer, DDS

Module 2
The Dental Hygienist’s Role in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing (Part 2)

Instructor: Terry Bennett, DDS

Module 3
TMD for Hygienists (Part 1)

Instructor: Terry Bennett, DDS

Module 4 TMD for Hygienists (Part 2)

Instructor: James Spencer, DDS


James Spencer, DDS

Dr. Spencer is a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain and the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Spencer is currently the President of the AACP and an AACP Institute faculty member. He completed a 3-year distance learning MS degree program through Tufts University where he is an adjunct professor at Boise State University, where he teaches head and neck anatomy. Dr. Spencer’s private practice is limited to dental sleep medicine and craniofacial pain. Dr. Spencer lectures nationally and internationally on the topics of anatomy craniofacial pain and dental sleep.

 Terry Bennett, DDS

Dr. Bennett graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1972 with a B.S. in Zoology. He then attended the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and graduated in 1977. Dr. Bennett started his private practice that same year. He soon developed an interest in patients with chronic head, neck and facial pain disorders. Since 1990 his practice has been exclusively devoted to the treatment of Temporomandibular-related disorders, snoring, sleep apnea, and bruxism.