Dr. Linda Sangalli

College of Dentistry, University of Kentucky, USA

Telehealth at the Service of Dentistry



In recent years, increased diffusion and advances in technology allowed the development of Teledentistry, which applies the use of remote telecommunication technology for the purpose of clinical dental care. Especially in times like the current COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth has been extensively adopted in the medical field to minimize in-person visits, while maintaining standard care of treatment. Due to the unexpected national lockdown, in-office non-urgent dental appointments have been canceled, involving different fields of dentistry, such as Orthodontics and Orofacial Pain. In this presentation, the integration of systems of remote monitoring, such as Dental Monitoring, will be discussed in the context of active orthodontic treatment and strict control of the retention phase. Moreover, the delivery of behavioral interventions over telehealth for musculoskeletal orofacial pain conditions will be analyzed in terms of feasibility, efficacy, and rate of access to care.


Dr. Linda Sangalli, DDS, MS, Ph.D., received her dental degree at the University of Brescia (Italy), followed by a Master’s degree in Orthodontics and Ph.D. in Technology for Health in the same university. After 10 years of working as a Specialist Orthodontist in private practices in Italy and in the United Kingdom, Dr. Sangalli is currently refining her knowledge of inpatient management with a master’s in Orofacial Pain at the University of Kentucky (USA).

Her present field of research is concentrated upon non-pharmacological treatments delivered over telehealth, either applied on chronic musculoskeletal orofacial pain conditions or ongoing orthodontic therapies. Her Ph.D. focused on the application of recent advances in digital dentistry to remotely monitor oral hygiene and potential relapse of orthodontic patients.

Currently, she is involved in a project aimed to test whether sleep intervention and physical self-regulation training delivered over telehealth may improve sleep and pain complaints, in a group of chronic musculoskeletal orofacial pain conditions. For her project, she received grants from the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP) and from the Graduate School of the University of Kentucky, and awards from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). At present, she is a teaching assistant at the University of Kentucky. She is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). She also serves as a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals.

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