Welcome

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. 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.”

The first day of this 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.

The second day of this course will teach you the anatomy and physiology involved in normal circadian rythm based sleep. It will teach you about the feautures of NREM versus REM sleep and the effects of sleep deprivation on body and brain. Finally, it will discuss in a series of lectures the different sleep disorders (ICSD-3) according to the international classification of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

 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
  • Recognize the latest innovations and interventions in OSA treatment
  • Understand the basic principles of normal sleep
  • Learn about the different categories of sleep disorders and how to asses and treat them

This course was given 6 accreditation points.

Faculty

Prof. Nico de Vries, MD PhD
Otorhinolaryngologist
OLVG West  Hospital

Peter JFM Lohuis, MD PhD
Otorhinolaryngologist/Head Neck Surgeon
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

Ass. Prof. Domagoj Vidović MD PhD
Psychiatrist, ESRS certified somnologist
University Psychiatric Hospital Vrapče

Ana Marija Šantić
MD Neurologist, ESRS certified somnologist
University Psychiatric Hospital Vrapče

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

Marina Milošević, MD
Neurologist
University Hospital Sveti Duh, Zagreb

Aarnoud Hoekema, MD PhD
Maxillo-facial surgeon
Tjongerschans Hospital, Heerenveen

Liane Tan, MD PhD
Otorhinolaryngologist
Tergooi Hospital, Hilversum

Barbara Barun, MD PhD
Neurologist
University Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb

Hrvoje Puretić
Neurologist
University Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb

Marina Mioč, MD
Neurologist
University Psychiatric Hospital Vrapče

Latica Friedrich, MD
Neurologist
University Hospital Sveti Duh, Zagreb

Christel de Raaff, MD PhD
General Surgeon
University Medical Center, Amsterdam

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