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Dental Sleep Medicine: From Sciences to Clinical Practices

May 7 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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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:

  • Overview of sleep:  how and why we sleep.
  • Debate and future of dental sleep medicine.
  • Sleep apnoea and challenges for dentists.
  • Sleep bruxism: what to say when it is as a normal oral behaviour and what to do when it is associated (in low % of our patients) to co-morbidities such as TMD, headache, apnoea, GERD, REM behaviour disorder, etc.

The lecture will review basic sciences, differential diagnosis and management strategies in a comprehensive manner with clinical examples.


May 7
8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Dr Jenny Ball


Gilles Lavigne
About Presenter
Professor Gilles Lavigne DMD (U de Montreal Canada), PhD (U of Toronto Canada) and FRCD (Oral medicine, Georgetown U, USA), completed his postdoctoral training on the neurobiology of pain at NIH Bethesda USA. He received a Doctor honoris causa from the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Zurich, Switzerland. He is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and Canadian Academy of Healthy Sciences. In 2018 he was appointed member of the Order of Canada. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Pain, Sleep and Trauma and has been Dean of the Faculty of Dental Medicine at the Université de Montréal, Canada (2008-2016). He was President of the Canadian Sleep Society and President of the Canadian Pain Society. He is co-founder and past Director of the three research networks for Oral Health, Pain and Placebo Mechanisms under the Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Quebec and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). He is internationally recognised for his experimental and clinical research projects on sleep bruxism and the interactions between sleep, pain and breathing disorders. He is also active in clinical teaching and services in these areas.


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