Graduate (Dentistry) Hacettepe University,Faculty of Dentistry 1998
Postgraduate (Institute of Medical Sciences / Prosthetic Dentistry) Ege University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Prosthetic Dentistry 1994-2004
Associate Professorship (Prosthetic Dentistry) Private Practice 2014-2020
Professor (Prosthetic Dentistry) Istanbul Aydin University Faculty of Dentistry, Prosthodontics 2020-…
Phd Dissertation: Prosthodontic Practices in Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Phd Student Ege University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Prosthetic Dentistry 1999–2004
Research Assistant, Ege University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Prosthetic Dentistry 2001–2004
Dr. Research Assistant, Ege University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Prosthetic Dentistry 2004-2012
Dentist (Prosthodontist), Private Doctor, Dental Klinik, Alsancak, IZMIR 2013-current
Associate Professor, DENTAL KLINIK, Alsancak IZMIR 2014-2020
Associate Professor, Istanbul Aydin University, Faculty of Dentistry, Prosthodontics / Dentaydin Dental Hospital, Florya, Kucukcekmece, ISTANBUL 2018-2020
Professor Dr., DENTAL KLINIK, Alsancak IZMIR 2020-current
Professor Dr., Istanbul Aydin University, Faculty of Dentistry, Prosthodontics / Dentaydin Dental Hospital, Florya, Kucukcekmece, ISTANBUL 2020-current
Membership to Scientific Institutions and Professional Associations:
- Turkish Prosthodontic and Implantology Association (TPID).
- Turkish Society of Sleep Research (TUAD) .
- Turkish Sleep Federation (Uyku-Der).
- European Respiratory Society (ERS) and European Sleep Research Society (ESRS)
- Turkish Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (EDAD).
- World Sleep Society
- Istanbul Dental Academy Instructor
- TDA (Turkish Dental Association) Academy Educator
- European Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (EADSM)
- European Prosthodontics Association (EPA)
- Izmir Sleep-Apnea Group (SAG) Council
Fields of Interest: Science of dental materials (dental adhesion), adhesive restorations and esthetic dentistry, maxillofacial prosthetic rehabilitations, gnathology (occlusion, temporamandibuler joint and disorders, masticatory muscles and myofascial pain, bruxism), advanced dental sleep and airway dentistry (oral appliances therapy such as mandibular advancement splint), jaw functional prosthodontics (VDO prosthetic and physiological treatments), overdenture prostheses, substructure and superstructure planning-abutment and material selection in implant supported prostheses (esp. fully edentulous mouths).
Prof. Dr. Huseyin Kurtulmus continues his research and studies at his own clinic and Istanbul aydin university, school of dentistry, department of prosthodontics. He is married and has one daughter.
Summary of Speech
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a widespread and life-threatening disease. The oral appliances (OA) as an treatment growing in popularity in the world of sleep medicine are used for this disease. OSA should be approached as a syndrome that requires multidisciplinary treatment with medical and dental aspects. A combined treatment should be recommended with prosthodontic perspective and orthodontic approaches, especially in children and young people. In fact current practical parameters are offering evidence based recommendations for different aspects of this treatment. Dentally diagnostic strategy includes following data that can directly determine method of treatment and management of dental sleep medicine and breathing dentistry:
- Sleep history (witnessed apnea, snooring noise, and daytime sleepiness),
- Physical examination cointaining evaluation of temporamandibuler joint (TMJ) and dental occlusion disorders (such as occlusal conflict consisting interferans or premature contacts and/or malocclusions),
- Inspections of degenerative or developmental jaw relations such as maxillar insuffiency and retrognathia caused by transversal problems and/or vertical direction growth problems
- Assessment of sleep bruxsizm including symptoms such as pain in the musculoskeletal system and teeth, hypertrophy and tenderness in masticatory muscles, increased general sensitivity,
- Objective testing (such as apnea-hipopnea index and general monitorization of sleep study) and patient’s treatment preference.
The presence or absence (simple snoring) and severity of OSA, and identification of patients at risk of developing of sleep apnea (in terms of extra-oral phenotype and intra-oral symptoms) help selection of appropriate treatment. After the diagnosis is established especially in childhood and youth, it is decided upon an appropriate treatment strategy that may include combi treatment (namely, multidisipliner approaches: as prosthodontic and/or orthodontic with regard to dental occlusion and TMJ, sleep bruxsizm, myofacial pain). Nowadays, patients can tolerate OAs thanks to improvements in OAs and prefer using them. OAs such as Mandibuler Advancement Splint (MAS) are designed to prevent obstruction in upper airway by advancing mandibular and thus holding open respiratory tract during sleep. There are increasing evidence that the MAS helps improve daytime sleepiness and apnea/hypopnea severity. Patients treated with OA should have a regular follow-up adherence to therapy, side effects, development of medical systemic complications, temporamandibuler disorders (TMD), sleep bruxsizm, myofacial pains. These multidisciplinary treatment concepts approache to apply various mechanical ventilation methods (non-invasive) on air-way with follow-up and/or conservative interventions from childhood, adolescence and adult.
Clinical guideline that will be presented in this conference is given below:
It is designed to offer a comprehensive strategy for the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of OSA patients from childhood to adulthood. All existing evidence-based practical parameters of American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) related to diagnosis and treatment of OSA, are primary algorithms of this guideline.