Theoretical Component – 140 hours 

Theories on the functions of sleep 

  1. Physiological basis of sleep I 
  2. Physiological basis of Sleep II 

Assessment of sleep disorders and diagnostic procedures 

  1. Classification of sleep disorders 
  2. The clinical interview and clinical examination 
  3. Measuring: Monitoring sleep and wakefulness 
  4. Measuring: Monitoring sleep and wakefulness 
  5. Other tests and examinations 
  6. Biomarkers for disturbed sleep 

Disturbances of Sleep I 

  1. Insomnia 
  2. Sleep and Psychiatry 

Disturbances of Sleep II 

  1. Hypersomnias of central origin 
  2. Parasomnias 
  3. Sleep-related movement disorders 
  4. Sleep and Neurology 

Disturbances of Sleep III 

  • Sleep-related breathing disorders 
  • Sleep and Pulmonology 

Disturbances of Sleep IV 

  1. Circadian rhythm sleep disorders 

Sleep in Pediatric ages 

  1. Pediatric sleep disorders 

Sleep and other Medical Specialties 

  1. Sleep and Internal Medicine  

Dental Sleep Medicine 

  1. Clinical documentation (International Guidelines, Informed Consent) 
  2. Anamneses and Screening in Dental Sleep Medicine 
  3. Patients’ evaluation (postural, extra-oral and intra-oral observation) 
  4. Upper Airway (anatomic radiographic aspects and evaluation) 
  5. TMJ (general considerations and approach on TMJ and TMJ dysfunction) 
  6. COAT-Continue Opening Airway Therapy 
  7. Oral Comorbidities on OSA (observation, approach and management) 
  8. Sleep Bruxism 
  9. Pediatric Sleep (observation criteria’s, risk factors, approach and management of OSA and Snore) 
  10. Orthognathic Treatment (Maxilla-mandibula Surgical approach, Management and Outcomes, Marpe-Baume maxillary expansion and UAW outcomes) 
  11. Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation (patient`s selection, intraoral analysis, dentist role) 
  12. Combine Therapy CPAP-MAD 

Sleep and Pharmacology 

  1. Effects of various pharmacological treatments on sleep 
  2. Other substances (caffeine, tobacco, drugs) and sleep 

Sleep and Nutrition 

Sleep and Exercise 

Societal, economic, organizational, and research aspects 

  1. Demographic and socioeconomic aspects of sleep disorders 
  2. Forensic aspects of sleep medicine 
  3. Organization of Sleep Medicine Centers 
  4. Training initiatives in sleep medicine 
  5. Shift work, sleep, and sleepiness 

Sleep and Research 

  1. Research design and quantitative methods 
  2. Writting an article 

Practical Component – 40 hours 

The practical component is specific for each group of professionals. Although students from one group may assist practical specific sessions of another group (optional). 

As a common part for all groups the following topics will be addressed: 

  • Sleep Lab: organizational structure of a sleep lab, sleep equipment, system calibration; 
  • Adult polysomnography analysis: sleep staging, analysis of respiratory and movement events; 
  • Pediatric polysomnography analysis: sleep staging, analysis of respiratory and movement events; 
  • Non-invasive ventilation (NIV): adaptation of NIV in patients with sleep related respiratory perturbances; 
  • Sleep in Clinical Practice I; 
  • Meet the Expert in Sleep Lab. 

According to the specific context: 

Medical Group and other professionals 

  • Multiple sleep latency test and vigilance maintenance test: clinical cases; 
  • Actigraphy: analysis and clinical cases: 
  • Interpretation of sleep tests level I/II and III and biological fluids. 

Medical Dentists Group 

  • Interpretation of sleep tests level I/II and III and biological fluids; 
  • Dental Sleep Medicine : Myofunctional Therapy and Myofunctional devices Occlusal registration bite with George Gauge and Intra-oral impressions (silicone or scanner), Delivery and MAD adjustments.


Católica Medical School

Católica Medical School

Phone: (+351) 218 724 200 (Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
Sintra Campus
Estrada Octávio Pato
2635-631 Rio de Mouro