Dental sleep medicine emerged about 25 years ago in our practices. It is a field that bridges medicine and dentistry. Our expertise with oral appliance, in orthodontics, oral medicine, oral and maxillofacial surgery and in managing temporomandibular disorders constitutes the base of our interventions in sleep medicine. Australian dentists, physicians and scientists are dominant leaders in the emergence of dental sleep medicine. We have the full expertise in managing sleep bruxism. In presence of sleep disordered breathing (snoring that may be a marker of apnoea), the role of dentists is to screen patients with risk factors (eg. retrognathia, large tongue and/or tonsil, fatigue/sleepiness) and refer to physician trained in sleep medicine. They are the ones who have the responsibility of sleep apnoea diagnosis and to make a differential diagnosis (eg. insomnia, periodic limb movement, sleep related epilepsy or REM disorder behaviour). Our dental management skills are recognised in sleep medicine. This course will present current knowledge in dental sleep medicine to guide you in your daily practices.
Key topics to be covered:
The lecture will review basic sciences, differential diagnosis and management strategies in a comprehensive manner with clinical examples.