When: Wednesday, 6th July 2016
What Time: 7:30 - 8:30pm AEST
Where: Online - join via your computer!
Your Hosts: Andrew Gikas, Ramesh Balasubramaniam and Harry Ball
Cost: Non-members: $60.00 - Please click here to register your details
Cost: Members: Free of Charge - Please register to the right side of the page
There are many appliances, methods, materials and instruments being used in the practice of dental sleep medicine. Yet not all have scientific support and validity.
Obstructive sleep apnoea is a medical disorder associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Hence it is very important that a dentist practising in the field is aware of what constitutes best practice.
Sleep physicians, and other medical practitioners also need to know that the dentist they refer to is using evidence based methods in providing the highest level of care for their patients.
The webinar will be very practical and explore best practice in the following areas:
About the Presenters
Andrew Gikas is a dentist in general practice in the suburb of Oakleigh in Melbourne and has been actively involved in the sleep field since 1998. He is currently Vice President of the ADA Vic Branch. Previous Co-Chair of the Dental & Orofacial Special Interest Group of the Australasian Sleep Association (DOSIG) from 2009 to 2013, as well as previous co-convenor of this Oral Sleep Medicine Course. Andrew is also an Associate of IBAS (Institute for Breathing and Sleep at the Austin Hospital) where he has been an investigator in clinical trials involving oral appliance therapy.
Ramesh Balasubramaniam graduated with a BDSc from the University of Western Australia in 2000 and subsequently practiced general dentistry. In 2006, he completed a certificate and Master of Science degree in Orofacial Pain at the University of Kentucky. While at the University of Kentucky, Ramesh also underwent training in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. In addition, Ramesh completed specialist training in Oral Medicine as well as a Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Geriatrics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. He has numerous peer reviewed publications, has contributed to several chapters in various texts and co-edited the May 2008 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America on Orofacial Pain and Dysfunction. In addition, he serves as a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journals. Ramesh has an appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Dentistry of the University of Western Australia and is actively involved in teaching and research. He is the secretary of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia and co-chair of the Dental and Orofacial Special Interest Group of the Australasian Sleep Association. He also has public appointments at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Oral Health Centre of Western Australia and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. His Oral Medicine Specialist practice focuses on Orofacial Pain, Oral Diseases and Disorders, and Dental Sleep Medicine.
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