37th Australian Dental


Wednesday 17th - Sunday 21st May

Dr Harry Ball

Harry practices in the field of dental management of snoring and sleep apnoea and is one of the most experienced practitioners in the world. He has presented highly acclaimed educational programs for dentists throughout the world, as well as being involved in training programs in dental sleep medicine for sleep physicians and general medical practitioners. He has been a clinician at the TMD Pain Clinic at the Royal Melbourne Dental Hospital and is the current co-chair of the dental sleep medicine division of the Australasian Sleep Association.


Oral appliance therapy for snoring and sleep apnoea – the steps for incorporating this treatment into dental practice
Lunch and Learn Program
Thursday 18th May
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

This session is also held on Saturday 20th May, 12.10 PM - 1.40 PM

Mandibular advancement splints are now well established as one of the two main evidence based treatment for snoring and sleep apnoea. 
With a large percentage of the population suffering from sleep disordered breathing this represents a great opportunity for dentists to significantly contribute to the health and quality of life of their patients.
This presentation will discuss the steps to successfully integrate this service into your practice, or taking it to the next level.
Learning Outcomes
• Working with a team, which includes a sleep physician and an ENT
• Screening and identifying dental patients with snoring and sleep apnoea.
• Organising sleep studies and staff training, including dealing with frequently asked questions
• Overview of the clinical steps including developing patient education materials and marketing.

Oral appliance therapy for snoring & sleep apnoea – The range of appliances, criteria for selection and dealing with side effects
Lunch and Learn Program
Friday 19th May
12:10 PM - 1:40 PM

An overview will be provided of many of the current appliances and will include the advantages ad disadvantages of the various designs.
As there is no single appliance which is optimal for each patient, the criteria for appliance selection will be discussed.
While oral appliances are a very successful treatment for snoring and sleep apnoea, a percentage of patients will get side effects. Also presented will be methods of effectively dealing with side effects -  an important aspect of achieving successful outcomes.
Learning Outcomes
• Understanding the range of current appliances, including criteria for selection.
• A rationale for choosing a material for construction and achieving an optimal fit.
• Methods of adjusting and titrating an appliance.
• Identifying and dealing with the common side effects .

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