Course Description

11 million kids in the US have a sleep problem, 95% of which are never diagnosed. Why isn’t someone doing something? This course offers your office the opportunity to do something, become the lifeguard in detecting these kids and directing them for evaluation and treatment. Every parent should be aware of their child’s sleeping behavior, you can be the help that they need. The satisfaction for this help goes way beyond saving a tooth.

Learner Outcomes

Upon course completion, the participant will:

  • Discuss what a dentist can and should do to help children with disturbed sleep Patterns.
  • Discuss why children with ADHD and those suffering from interrupted sleep exhibit the same signs and symptoms.
  • Discuss the disruptive effect of mouth breathing on children’s growth.
  • Discuss why Ritalin and Adderall may not be the treatment of choice.



Dr. Gene Santucci

Dr. Gene Santucci is an Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry at the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco, CA where he is co-director of the Dental Sleep Mini-Residency Program, Content Coordinator for Sleep Medicine. He also holds a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling.  Dr. Santucci has presented nationally and internationally on the topics of Dental Sleep Medicine, ADHD in Children and Sleep Related Disorders, Occlusion, Aesthetics, Temporomandibular Disorders, Photography, Functional Anatomy of the Gnathostomatic System and the Fabrication and Delivery of Night Guards. He is a published author contributing to numerous articles in refereed journals and abstracts along with a Task Force Report regarding sleep medicine, course content in dental education. His textbook contributions include: Patient Examinations in an Esthetic Dentistry Practice, Headache and Facial Pain. Dr. Santucci has been awarded membership in the following associations: Fellow, American College of Dentists, Fellow, Pierre Fauchard Academy, Diplomate, American Academy of Integrated Pain Management, American Dental Educators Association, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, California Sleep Society, American Association of Oral Systemic Health, American Dental and California Dental Associations. He is also a member of Catapult Education and reviews dental products for them. Dr. Santucci’s goal is to encourage all dental professionals to become the first line of defense regarding the evaluation, referral and treatment for the various types of sleep disturbances from snoring to obstructive sleep apnea in children and adults.

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Section Title
Disturbed Sleep, ADHD, Bruxism, Erosion, Explore the connection and its effect on my general practice
Online-fixed date/synchronous meeting(s)
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Sep 08, 2023
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