Catapult Education™ Speakers Bureau

Eugene Santucci, DDS, MA, FACD

Qualified Sleep Dentist
 California, USA

Lecture Topics
  • Sleep

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About Dr. Santucci

Dr. Gene Santucci is an Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry at the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco, CA. He is co-director of the Dental Sleep Mini-Residency Program, and Content Coordinator for Sleep Medicine. He also holds a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling.

Dr. Santucci has presented nationally and internationally on the topics of dental sleep medicine, ADHD in children and sleep related disorders, occlusion, aesthetics, temporomandibular disorders, photography, functional anatomy of the gnathostomatic system and the fabrication and delivery of night guards. He is a published author contributing to numerous articles in refereed journals and abstracts, along with a task force report regarding sleep medicine, and course content in dental education. His textbook contributions include: Patient Examinations in an Esthetic Dentistry Practice, Headache and Facial Pain.

Dr. Santucci has been awarded membership in the following associations: the American College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy, American Academy of Integrated Pain Management, American Dental Educators Association, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, California Sleep Society, American Association of Oral Systemic Health, American Dental Association and California Dental Association. He is a member of Catapult Education's Speakers Bureau and reviews dental products for them.

Dr. Santucci’s goal is to encourage all dental professionals to become the first line of defense regarding the evaluation, referral, and treatment for the various types of sleep disturbances from snoring to obstructive sleep apnea in children and adults.
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Honors and Achievements

American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

American Academy of Integrated Pain Management


American Academy of Sleep Medicine


American Association of Oral Systemic Health


American College of Dentists


American Dental Association
American Dental Educators Association

California Dental Association


Catapult Education
Speaker Bureau Member

California Sleep Society


Pierre Fauchard Academy


University of the Pacific

Assoc Professor, Dept of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry
Co-Director, Dental Sleep Mini-Residency Program

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Dental Sleep Medicine for GPs: A Two-Day Intensive Program  NEW! 

Sleep Specialist Dr. Gene Santucci is pleased to offer a brand-new program designed for the General Practitioner. The program will provide a unique understanding of how sleep disorders impact the oral environment and will equip attendees with the confidence to treat their patients with sleep disorders should they choose to.

The two-day intensive program includes lecture and hands-on training, covering topics such as anatomy, co-morbidities related to disturbed sleep, appliance fabrication, and delivery of a sleep appliance.

By the end of the program, attendees will have gained critical knowledge on:
  • The ADA's policy regarding DSM for the General Practitioner
  • The Gnathostomatic system and its functions in health and disease
  • The health co-morbidities related to disturbed sleep
  • The best products for treating in an acid environment
  • Snoring and bruxism in children
  • The differences in bruxism
  • The role of staff, hygiene, and front desk support as a team effort
  • Hands-on training, including initial patient exam, sleep study, insurance coverage, appliance fabrication, and delivery of sleep appliance

Dental Sleep Medicine: What Every General Dentist Should Know

Join Dr. Santucci and take a “deep dive” into the numerous interrelated concepts that are involved in dental sleep medicine. This course format will take away the anxiety of including sleep evaluation, referral and possibly treatment for disrupted sleep in your general dental practice.  As in all we do for our dental patients, we can educate the population at large concerning these total health issues. This presentation is appropriate for the entire dental staff and will bring the office up to date regarding the ADA’s 2017 policy statement.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the public health concerns of disturbed sleep’s medical consequences
  • Review the anatomy of the gnathostomatic system in health and disease
  • Be aware of sleep surveys for children and adults
  • Understand why ADHD may be a sleep problem
  • Become aware of the various forces involved in acid tooth wear
  • Review the use of fluorides, dental restorations, and products related to disturbed sleep

Course Length: Full day

Dental Sleep Medicine, a View from Thirty Thousand Feet

This course is designed to give the practitioner an overview of disturbed sleep, the resulting co-morbidities and what the ADA’s policy statement of 2017 advises our dental office to implement. With this information you can encourage and educate your patients to seek the proper avenue of treatment, which can add years to their total life span.

Learning Objectives:
  • Become aware of the 40 million Americans who suffer from disturbed sleep
  • Understand the numerous disease states related to disturbed sleep
  • Review the various sleep surveys available for your office use
  • Consider the appropriate restorative treatments and products resulting from the “acid attack”

Course Format: Virtual or Half-day

The Link Between GERD, TMD, Erosion, Bruxing, and Sleep

This course will address the effect of parafunctional habits and exaggerated wear when acid is involved both extrinsically and intrinsically. It’s just not the product or brand of treatment but an understanding of the etiology of the disease that makes the difference. This course will be an in-depth exploration of the issues and is designed for both doctors and staff.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the connection between disturbed sleep and shorter teeth
  • Understand the types of bruxism
  • Review the causes of erosion
  • Consider the how and when to restore the dentition affected by the destructive force of erosion

Course Format:
 Virtual or Half-day

ADHD: Perhaps the Kids Just Are Not Sleeping, Snoring and Bruxing Isn’t Cute 

11 million kids in the US have a sleep problem, 95% of which are never diagnosed. Why isn’t someone doing something? This course gives your office the opportunity to do something, and become the lifeguard in detecting these kids and directing them for evaluation and treatment. Every parent should be aware of their child’s sleeping behavior. You can be the help that they need. The satisfaction you’ll get from providing this service goes way beyond saving a tooth.

Learning Objectives:
  • Be aware of what a dentist can and should do to help children with disturbed sleep patterns
  • Understand why children with ADHD and those suffering from interrupted sleep exhibit the same signs and symptoms
  • Understand the disruptive effect of mouth breathing on children’s growth
  • Consider why Ritalin and Adderall may not be the treatment of choice

Course Format: Virtual or Half-day

The Gnathostomatic System in Health and Disease

I remember finding anatomy classes in dental school mostly boring. Personally, it was difficult to relate to my future patients. Now, after being in practice for many years, I understand the connection of the gnathostomatic system’s anatomy to my patients’ comfort and control of disease. This course will discuss, in a practical fashion, the related issues of both states, and hopefully answer some questions that have perplexed you over the years regarding patient care and alleviation of pain.

Learning Objectives:
  • Revisit the basic anatomic structures of the head and neck
  • Understand the sequence of muscular activity that encourages healthy range of motion
  • Consider the effects of a diseased TMJ on the occlusion
  • Learn how to assess and address the question of whether everyone needs a night guard

Course Format:
Virtual or Half-day

Red Flags of the Head and Neck Exam

The oral cavity is our dental sandbox. We identify healthy and unhealthy structures and directly or indirectly relate them to dental or total health issues. Thanks to the encouragement of the ADA and our dental school education, oral cancer exams are now a normal part of the dental examination. We are now encouraged to also check our patients with a sleep survey. This course will emphasize the routine and expanded examination protocol for a complete head/neck exam in an efficient, orderly fashion without a great increase to your present scheduled time.

Learning Objectives:
  • Review the procedure for a complete head/neck exam
  • Consider the exam results which may affect your general dental treatment
  • Understand the concept of referred pain
  • Revisit your role as a physician of the head and neck

Course Format: Virtual or Half-day

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