Dental Sleep Health Badge Program
Through Oregon Tech online, eligibility for Certification in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) from the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) is available to dental hygienists. Oregon Tech has selected courses from the Clinical Sleep Health program and added courses specifically in dental sleep health to offer a series of three badges. The badge program allows working dental hygiene professionals to receive incremental badges as they work their way through the certification program. Dental hygiene students can take these courses as electives to enhance their knowledge and value to prospective employers.
What is Dental Sleep Medicine?
Dental sleep medicine is an area of dental practice that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-disordered breathing, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea affects more than 18 million Americans according to the National Sleep Foundation, and it is as common as Type II Diabetes. The most common treatment for sleep apnea is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or "C-PAP", which unfortunately many people do not tolerate well (claustrophobia, nasal irritation, etc.). Dentists with training in dental sleep medicine can offer a less invasive and more tolerable treatment for obstructive sleep apnea in the form of Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT).
Graduates of the Dental Sleep Health Badge Program will be able to work under the supervision of a dentist, to recognize signs of sleep apnea, prepare Oral Appliance Therapy molds, check fit, conduct follow up meetings to ensure compliance, and provide patient education.
Full admission to Oregon Tech is not required. Financial aid is not offered to non-degree seeking students, but a payment plan is available. Follow the steps below to get started:
- Submit the Non-Degree Seeking Application. Select General Studies Online as your major.
- Watch for an email from the Online Education office about registration.
- Register yourself for classes when registration opens.
Non-degree seeking students do not pay application fees since they are not part of a degree program and are limited to 8 credits per term.
Once registered you are responsible for the tuition and fees. The payment and refund schedule, along with the payment plan application, is located on the Cashier’s Office website. The Academic Calendar details important registration dates and withdraw deadlines.