Best practice in dental sleep medicine – for dentists and referrers

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:

  • Initial consultation and evaluation
  • Choosing an appliance
  • Impression taking and registration
  • Setting a titration protocol
  • Assessing the results of treatment 

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About the Presenters

Andrew Gikas

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

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.  

Harry Ball

Dr Ball left his general practice in Melbourne to work at the TMD clinic at the Royal Melbourne Dental Hospital. It was there that he started to see patients with snoring, sleep apnoea and TMD. In 2005 Dr Ball started Australia’s only dedicated dental sleep clinic, Sleepwise Clinic.

The clinic has now treated over 6000 patients with oral appliances for snoring sleep apnoea and bruxism. The patients are referred from sleep physicians, GP’s, ENT’s and other dentists. In order to ensure the highest quality of oral appliances a laboratory was established at SleepWise with technicians dedicated exclusively to appliances for sleep disorders. The laboratory provides the full range of validated appliances for the patients of SleepWise as well as dentists around Australia.

Dr Ball is passionate about education and has presented seminars for the Australian Dental Association, the Australian Orthodontic Society, the Australian Sleep Association and Dental Health Services.  He has also presented training seminars on dental management of sleep disorders to dentists in the United Kingdom, Holland, Belgium, Singapore and Malaysia.  He has also been involved in training programs for medical practitioners and trainee sleep physicians. Dr Ball is the current co chairperson of the dental sleep medicine  division of the Australasian Sleep Association.

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