The aim of this programme is to train postgraduate students in oral kinesiology on a specialist level. The discipline ‘oral kinesiology’ encompasses the diagnosis and management of the following clinical problems: 1. temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain; 2. bruxism and other sleep-related problems with dental implications (e.g., obstructive sleep apnea); and 3. tooth wear. The clinical part of the programme deals with the diagnosis and management of the three clinical problems, including the restoration of extensive tooth wear.
The theoretical part of the programme includes a variety of relevant courses that are all based on the principles of evidence-based dentistry. Participation in one of the ongoing research projects of the department is part of the training programme as well. After a three-year training, the dentist-kinesiologist is knowledgeable on all aspects of oral kinesiology and able to diagnose and treat patients according to the principles of evidence-based dentistry. Further, the dentist-kinesiologist will be able to coordinate the multidisciplinary approach that is sometimes necessary in the management of these patients, or to participate in such an approach in cooperation with medical disciplines. Dentist-kinesiologists will not only be able to perform their tasks in the general dental office but may also join the staff of centres for special dental care or university departments.
Organising department and faculty
The programme is organised by the section of Oral Kinesiology of the department of Oral Health Sciences. Professor Frank Lobbezoo is the director of the postgraduate program. Professor Lobbezoo received his PhD degree in 1992 from the University of Utrecht, where he also received his specialist training. Between 1993 and 1996, he was appointed as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Professor Lobbezoo is currently a full professor at ACTA. The section of Oral Kinesiology has a strong reputation in the international research community, teaches on the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate level, and treats patients with TMD, orofacial pain, bruxism, sleep apnea, and tooth wear in its own departmental clinic.
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