Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder characte- rized by pauses in breathing during sleep. As it disrupts normal physiological sleep common symptoms of OSA include unexplained daytime sleepiness,restless sleep,and loud snoring with periods of silence followed by gasps. Less common symptoms are morning headaches, insomnia, trouble concentrating,mood changes such as irritability and anxiety also depression, forgetfulness; increased heart rate and/or blood pressure, decreased sex drive; unexplained weight gain;increased urination and/or nocturia, gastroesophageal re ux disease, and heavy night sweats.

OSA is common and without treatment it increases the risk of health complications such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and depression leading to increased health care utilization and medication costs. Also the economic costs of undiagnosed OSA are staggering due to lost productivity, work place accidents and motor vehicle collisions. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) therefore stated that “In an age of constant activity, the solution to improving the nation’s health may lie in helping it sleep better.” 

This one day course will help you to understand the etiology and pathogenesis of OSA. It will also update you on the incidence and prevalence of OSA and the estimated effect on economy and health care costs. It will discuss the current diagnostic modalities (sleep studies and drug induced sleep endoscopy) and debate the different treatment modalities including continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), mandibular advancement devices (MAD), upper airway surgery, positional therapy, upper airway neurostimulation, bariatric surgery, as well as multimodality treatments.  

 Learning objectives

  • Understand the heterogenous nature of anatomical obstruction in obstructive sleep apnea
  • Learn how to identify the site of the obstruction and determine if CPAP, MAD, and/or surgery is required
  • Understanding the different steps in applying a MAD
  • Learning the surgical steps involved in common and specialized surgical interventions for OSA
  • Identify peri-operative morbidity and how to manage this in surgical treatment of OSA
  • Recognize the latest innovations and interventions in OSA treatment

This course was given 6 accreditation points.


Prof. Nico de Vries, MD PhD
OLVG West  Hospital

Peter JFM Lohuis, MD PhD
Otorhinolaryngologist/Head Neck Surgeon
Diakonessen Hospital, Utrecht
Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amsterdam

Boris Filipović MD PhD
Otorhinolaryngologist/Head Neck Surgeon
University Hospital Sveti Duh, Zagreb

Ass. Prof Boris Šimunjak MD PhD
Otorhinolaryngologist/Head Neck Surgeon
University Hospital Sveti Duh, Zagreb


Prim. Pavao Krmpotić  MD PhD
University Psychiatric Hospital Vrapče, Zagreb

Aarnoud  Hoekema, MD PhD
Maxillo-facial surgeon
ACTA Amsterdam

Christel de Raaff, MD PhD
General Surgeon
Albert Sweitzer Ziekenhuis, Dordrecht

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