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How to Practically Manage the side effects of Mandibular Advancement Devices in the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: an interactive webinar

Julia Cohen-Levy, DDS, MSc, PhD

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This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series.


This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series*

Course Description

Dentists are now an integral part of the multidisciplinary team responsible for treating sleep breathing disorders, particularly due to the growing contribution of mandibular advancement devices (MADs) to the treatment of adult patients. MADs are anchored to the teeth to force the mandible into an advanced position, mechanically widening the upper airways and reducing their collapsibility. However, the stretching of muscles and ligaments of the jaws generates stresses, which are transmitted back to the teeth, periodontium and temporomandibular joints.

Understanding and managing the side effects associated with MADs seem absolutely necessary for patient support, helping to reduce short-term adherence failures. As joint adaptations and occlusal changes gradually take place, following continuous wear of MADS, long-term support and monitoring is also necessary.

This interactive Webinar will test your knowledge about MAD therapy, as well as your differential diagnosis and therapeutic approach for their related side effects. It will be organized around clinical cases with very different profiles, as well as different designs of oral appliances.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, participants will:

  • Review the mechanisms of action of MADs in the treatment of sleep disordered breathing, their indications, contraindications and the limits of their use.
  • Learn to manage short-term side effects to improve treatment adherence.
  • Understand long-term dentofacial side effects, their risk factors and some biomechanical aspects of MADs design.


Dr. Julia Cohen-LevyDr. Julia Cohen-Levy s an Assistant Professor of Orthodontics at McGill’s Faculty of Dentistry, Montreal, Canada. She is a qualified specialist in orthodontics, having graduated from the University of Paris 7 in France (CECSMO 2004) and the University of Montreal, Quebec (DES 2020). She holds a doctorate about adult obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (PhD, Paris 6), a post-doctorate on pediatric sleep disordered breathing (Dr Nelly Huynh laboratory, Montreal Canada), as well as a master’s degree in medical law and liability. Dr. Cohen-Lévy’s areas of interest are multidisciplinary treatments and collaboration with medical disciplines. She has published experimental and clinical research on mandibular advancement devices, maxillofacial surgery and dentofacial orthopedics in the field of sleep medicine.

Course Logistics

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Online Webinar

The Dental Professional

8:00am – 10:00am Pacific Standard time


2 hours


*The University of Washington in conjunction with the Association for Continuing Dental Education (ACDE), along with 30 of its member schools jointly presents the “ACDE Webinar Series”

This series features university-based key opinion leaders presenting numerous topics on multiple dates and times. Presentations are available to meet every dental health care professional’s schedule and interests.

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The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University.

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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.