Demystifying Splint Therapy: Going Beyond the Nightguard

Course Description

Unfortunately most people suffering from TMD and occluso-muscle pain are being undertreated. Even worse, many patients being treated with an oral appliance have been given an incorrect appliance, which is often poorly fabricated. In some situations an incorrect appliance can even exacerbate or advance an already present problem.

Splint therapy does not have to be complicated or confusing. In this course, you will develop the proper understanding of anatomy and a diagnostic process, allowing you to provide splint therapy that is predictable and profitable.

Splints are more than a piece of plastic you give to someone when you don’t know what else to do. After this course, you’ll know exactly which splint to apply on patients’ exhibiting signs and symptoms, relieving previous frustration and increasing your patients’ confidence in your ability to treat them effectively. End the guessing game and register today!

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the different types of splints and what they treat
  • Diagnose patients properly in order to prescribe the correct appliance
  • Develop successful treatment plans and avoid complications
Course Details

Target Audience: General Dentists, Specialists

CE Credits: 7

CE Codes: #10 (1L), #200 (3L), #180 (2L), #730 (1L)

Class Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Breakfast and Lunch are included for the attendees

Tuition: $445 Early Bird* Tuition, $545 Regular Tuition

Recommended Prerequisite: none

Course Dates & Locations

  1. March 6, 2020

    San Francisco, CA (AMA Conference Center)

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  2. June 5, 2020

    Arlington, VA (AMA Conference Center)

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Splint Therapy Webinar

Is Splint Therapy Always a Safe Treatment Option?

From this webinar, you’ll be able to outline the specific use cases for different appliance types, explain the potential problems that can arise from splint therapy, tools and resources for demystifying splint therapy.

What are your colleagues saying?

This course gave me the confidence to provide my patients with splints that will give them relief until they are ready to proceed with a more comprehensive definitive treatment.

Michelle Chan, DDSNew York, NY

The course will help to increase your knowledge and confidence in identifying the reasons for utilizing different types of splint therapy.

William Cappello, DMDNew Canaan, CT

Unquestionably worth taking; provides material that can be used in the office the next day.

Gary Freedman, DDSLivingston, NJ

Excellent course! Dr. Hess does a wonderful job delivering the information.

Margaret Stanhouse, DDSTrenton, MI

Dr. Leonard Hess

Leonard Hess, D.D.S. is a senior faculty member at The Dawson Academy, joining the faculty in 2009. He owns Union County Center for Comprehensive Dentistry in Charlotte, North Carolina, and he practices full time in addition to teaching continuing education courses.

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Cancellation Policy:

Requests to cancel or transfer registration in a Dawson Academy course, lecture, or event will be accommodated until 60 DAYS PRIOR to start date. Upon request a refund will be provided minus a $100.00 non-refundable deposit, or a one-time course, lecture, or event transfer, which remains valid for 12 months. Less than 60 days prior to course, no refunds or transfers will be issued.

*Students who finance tuition through the Lending Club financing program are subject to special terms and conditions.

Please contact The Dawson Academy at 1.800.952.2178 for full details.


The Dawson Academy is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The Dawson Academy designates this activity for 7 credit hours continuing education credits.