Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency 2023-2024 (LIVE-STREAMED ONLINE AND ON CAMPUS)

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine's Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency is a 6-month program where participants engage with world-renowned experts in the field through lectures and workshops, both live-streamed online and in person. Between modules, program directors provide guided self-study and intermodule sessions.


This program is split into three 3-day modules and two half-day intermodules:


  • Module I: Live-Streamed Virtual: September 28th-30th, 2023
    • Intermodule Session: Live-Streamed Virtual: December 2nd, 2023 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
  • Module II On Campus: January 18th-20th, 2024
    • Intermodule Session: Live-Streamed Virtual: March 2nd, 2024, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
  • Module III On Campus: April 11th-13th, 2024


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Program Director & Coordinator

LEOPOLDO P. CORREA, BDS, MS, Dr. Correa is committed to supporting academic learning as well as clinical practice and has worked as a faculty member at TUSDM Craniofacial Pain Center, for almost 20 years. During this time, Dr. Correa worked alongside faculty members to maintain the highest level of excellence in patient care and chair-side training for residents and dental students. Dr. Correa is an active member of professional associations such as ADEA, ADA, AADSM, AASM, and WSS. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM), Fellow of the International College of Dentists (ICD), and visiting professor in different dental schools. He received his certificate of achievement in Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain under the guidance of his mentor Dr. Noshir R. Mehta, and his Master’s of Sciences Degree at Tufts University. Dr. Correa incorporated the teaching of Dental Sleep medicine into the pre and postgraduate programs, and developed various CE programs at Tufts.
In addition to the service Dr. Correa provides within TUSDM, he also plays a leadership role outside the institution, having organized multiple community service events both locally and internationally for faculty and students.
Dr. Correa has mentored students and has taken on an increasing number of significant leadership responsibilities during his tenure at TUSDM, where he is currently appointed Director of the Division of Craniofacial Pain in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences. He also serves as Program Director of the division’s two advanced graduate education programs, the Dental Sleep Medicine Fellowship and the Orofacial Pain Advanced Graduate Education program.
The international reputation Dr. Correa holds is evident from his multiple well-attended continuing education courses, which receive overwhelmingly positive feedback. These include the Temporomandibular Disorders Mini-residency, Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-residency, Dental Sleep Medicine Comprehensive Introduction, and Pediatric Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-residency. He also has been invited to present at institutions across multiple continents, including North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. 

JONATHAN PARKER, D.D.S., Dr. Parker is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. From 1983-2000 he provided care in a practice focused on managing TMJ problems, head, neck and facial pain. In 1992, he expanded his practice to include treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Since 2001, he has focused his practice full-time on dental sleep medicine. 

Dr. Parker has become one of the country’s leading experts and teachers in the field. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He has authored a number of research articles and abstracts evaluating the effectiveness of oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Dr. Parker has lectured internationally on evaluation and treatment of snoring and OSA. He is well-known for developing innovative techniques and protocols to improve patient care and treatment success in dental sleep medicine.

Dr. Parker is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. He is a past president of the board of directors of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and a charter member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). He received the AADSM's prestigious Distinguished Service Award in 2003.

NOSHIR R. MEHTA, BDS, DMD, MDS, MS, For over 49 years, Dr. Mehta has been a part of the faculty at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. In 1976, he co-founded the first school based TMD center in the country which grew into the current Craniofacial pain center at Tufts. He is currently a senior adviser to the Craniofacial Pain, Headache and Sleep he co-founded. Dr. Mehta has a special interest in orofacial pain and dental sleep medicine. He lectures nationally and internationally on these topics. Dr. Mehta has received numerous awards from various dental organizations including the prestigious Hayden Stack Award from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and, most recently, 2015 Clinician of the Year from the Massachusetts Dental Society. He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals, is editor of the sleep section for the Journal of Craniomandibular and Sleep Practice and sits on the editorial board of several other international publications. He is the senior author of the textbook Head, Face and Neck Pain: Science, Evaluation and Management published by Wiley in 2009. Dr. Mehta received his BDS degree from Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital, India in 1967 and his MDS degree from King Georges College and Hospital Lucknow India in 1969. He earned a Post Graduate certificate in Periodontology in 1971, and then earned a Master of Science from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1973 followed by his IS DMD in 1977.

Program Speakers

ORFEU BUXTON, PhD, Associate Professor Biobehavioral Health Penn State University, Assistant Professor Division of Sleep Medicine Harvard Medical School, Associate Neuroscientist Department of Medicine Brigham and Women's Hospital, Adjunct Associate Professor Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences Harvard School of Public Health, Faculty Affiliate of Penn State's Population Research Institute (PRI), Member of the Graduate Faculty in Neuroscience.


GREG ESSICK, DDS, Dr. Greg Essick was Professor of Comprehensive Oral Health at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry where he founded and oversaw the Dental Sleep Clinic.



JOHN REMMERS, MD, Dr. Remmers is a pulmonologist & clinical professor of internal medicine at the University of Calgary with an active sleep practice in the sleep lab at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary.


NOAH SIEGEL, MD, Noah S. Siegel is board certified in both Sleep Medicine and Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ENT). Dr. Siegel is the Medical Director of Otolaryngology for Massachusetts Eye and Ear's Longwood facility in Boston.


Plus additional speakers! List of speakers to come.


Course Details



Tufts University School of Dental Medicine's Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency has been designated as an Accredited AADSM Mastery Program Provider. Attendees of accredited Mastery Program Provider programs are eligible to earn the AADSM Qualified Dentists designation and apply for the ABDSM certification exam through the Mastery Track.


This Mini-Residency Program is divided into three modules, each consisting of three days of lectures, workshops, and inter-module guided learning. This allows participants to incorporate their learning into their clinical practice as they progress.


This program is designed for dentists looking to expand their understanding of dental sleep medicine. It emphasizes the connection between sleep medicine, dental sleep medicine and TMD.


On-site curriculum will include:


  • Lectures by leading clinicians and researchers
  • Hands-on sessions
  • Clinical case-based learning


Guided self-study will include:


  • Literature review and assignments
  • Clinical case-based learning
  • Intermodule webinars
  • Practice quizzes


Course Topics


  • Dental Sleep Medicine
    • Dental Management of OSA
    • Adjunct Therapies for OSA
    • Surgical Procedures
    • Clinical Guidelines and Clinical Protocols
  • Insurance, Billing and Legal Issues
    • Overview of Private and Governmental Medical Insurances in USA
    • The Scope of Practice of Dental Sleep Medicine
    • Legal Issues Related to the Practice of Sleep Medicine
  • Sleep and TMD
    • Understanding the correlation between sleep and pain
    • Comprehend the management of TMD side effects
  • Somnology and Sleep Medicine
    • History of Sleep Medicine
    • Causes of Sleep Deficiency
    • Health Consequences of Sleep Deficiency
    • Reducing Health Disparities
    • Anatomy of the Airway
    • Sleep Disorders
    • Medical Management of OSA


Course Learning Modalities


  • Clinical Case-Based Learning
    • Clinical Case Presentations and Discussions
  • Literature Review
    • Reading and Understanding Scientific Literature
    • Evidence-Based Dental Sleep Medicine Reviews
    • Intermodule Guided Learning (article review)
  • Course Workshops
    • Clinical Examinations
    • Dental Impressions
    • Bite Registration
    • Oral Appliance Fittings and Adjustments

Learning Objectives
  • Develop a deeper understanding of sleep, the physiology of sleep, chronobiology (circadian rhythms), breathing and non-breathing related sleep disorders, sleep related movement disorders, upper airway resistance syndrome, adult and pediatric obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and the health consequences of sleep deficiency
  • Understand the interrelationship between TMD and sleep
  • Develop proper examina­tion principles and bite registration techniques
  • Learn how to get started screening, evaluating, referring, and managing OSA patients
  • Obtain an unbiased review of oral appliances for the management of OSA and review appliance selection criteria
  • Practice bite registration techniques for OSA oral appliance therapy
  • Gain experience using several different custom-fabricated oral appliances with a hands-on appliance fitting and adjustment workshops
  • Participants will learn how to incorporate dental sleep medicine into their practice, including working with sleep laboratories, and medico-legal issues related to dental sleep medicine practice
  • This course does not guarantee a participant board certification but rather supports their foundational academic pursuits in Dental Sleep Medicine.

What Sets Us Apart


  • Longest university-based Dental Sleep Medicine mini-residency in the USA
  • Strong community from limited class size
  • International, renowned speakers
  • Hands-on workshops including:
    • Examination
    • Bite registration techniques
    • Fitting and adjustments of oral devices
    • Fitting of morning jaw aligners
  • Foundation in understanding and managing TMD symptoms

Testimonials from Past Participants

“Tufts Dental Sleep Program was a great educational experience for me. Excellent scientific material presented by exceptional speakers that significantly improved my professional life. Thanks to this program I can now confidently help many of my patients.”


“It played a very important role in my journey in becoming an International Certificant by ABDSM.”


“Dr. Correa is a master of gathering together the best educators and speakers in the dental sleep medicine community. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to take Dental Sleep Medicine seriously.”


“I could not imagine entering the field of dental sleep medicine without having a solid foundation of training and I don't believe that there is a better program than the Tufts Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency for providing that training and education.”


All Dental Professionals interested in the topic of Dental Sleep Medicine and those interested in incorporating Dental Sleep Medicine into their practice.


This course is also designed for those interested in becoming a dentists with AADSM Qualified Dentists designation.

CE Credits

Approximately 120 CEU hours available


Participation CEU hours: Approximately 65 hours are available during modules

Self-Study CEU hours: Approximately 55 hours are available during intermodule discussions and assignments



AGD Code: 730, 180

Course Fee

Tuition: $12,000*



*Payment Plan: If you would like to take advantage of our payment plan to pay your tuition in 3 equal installments of $4,000 each, please call us to pay by phone at 617.636.6629.





Available Discounts

Available Discounts!


  • 10% TUSDM Alumni
  • 10% TUSDM faculty
  • 20% VA Members


During registration, please click on the registration type that applies to you to access the appropriate discount.



**Discounts cannot be combined, only one discount can be applied to this course.


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Refund Policy for Mini-Residencies

Full tuition refund or credit will be given for cancellations received at least one month prior to the course start date. Refunds or tuition credit will not be given after that time or to no-shows.

Wait List Policy

If a CE course obtains enough registrations where a wait list is established, the CE office will notify individuals with unpaid registration balances and ask them to pay their balance to secure their place in the course. If payment is not made to secure their place, the CE office has the right to offer that place to a paying individual on the wait list.

COVID-19 Rules and Regulations

Tufts University is committed to promoting safe campus environment. Currently there are no required screenings prior to attending a Continuing Education/Lifelong Learning and Distance Education course at Tufts University School Dental Medicine.

Individuals are asked to use masks on clinical floors and masking is an option in classroom settings.

International Travelers

For our international participants attending On Campus modules, please review necessary travel requirements prior to entering the United States of America. As Continuing Education programs do not lead to a degree, they are not eligible for Student Visas (category F) and are instead eligible for Visitor Business Visas (category B-1). Please visit or individual United States of America's Embassy/Consulate's website. If you require a letter verifying your registration and payment for a course in the United States of America, please contact the Continuing Education Office at Please also review this website for current entry limitations into the US: These rules are subject to change, so please continuously monitor.

Enrollment and Cancellation Policy

The Office of Continuing Education reserves the right to close registration when an enrollment limit is reached and to cancel, modify, or alter content or faculty for any course if circumstances indicate the need for such a change. If the school finds it necessary to cancel a course, a full refund will be granted. All attempts to contact registrants will be made as soon as possible in the event of a course cancellation. The school will not be held responsible for any losses due to travel arrangements made by the registrant.

In the event of inclement weather (such as a snow emergency) or other extenuating circumstances, the Office of Continuing Education may be forced to cancel or postpone a course. If a course has been canceled, we will contact participants by the phone number and/or email address provided. You may call or email our office on the day of the course if you are uncertain of a course's status.

Educational Method

This program includes live-streamed lectures and workshops, self study, and in person live lectures and workshops.


This course will be offered with Virtual and In Person modules.


For In Person modules, the program will be held at:


Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

1 Kneeland St
Boston, MA 02111

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