The Fundamentals Program

A Comprehensive 15-module, 9-hour Online Program on all aspects of Oral Appliance Therapy.

The program will provide all the steps in making oral appliance therapy a valuable part of your practice. You will see all the steps up close and over the shoulder of a leading clinician.

The program will be ideal for revision as well as for training key staff members who have an important role to play in providing this service.

  • Screening for snoring, sleep apnoea and bruxism,
  • Organising and interpreting sleep studies,
  • Understanding the range of current appliances,
  • Fitting appliances with minimal chairside adjustment,
  • Understanding the criteria for success & problem-solving,
  • The latest research in bruxism and the splint design specialists use,
  • The communication skills for high case acceptance.

While the modules are available on registration, the program officially commences with the first live webinar.

The Fundamentals Modules

Module 1

Overview of Sleep and Sleep Disorders

    • The various sleep disorders,
    • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea,
    • Treatment of Sleep Apnoea,

Dr David Cunnington

Sleep Physician

Module 2

Overview of Dental Sleep Medicine

    • Overview of Dental Sleep Medicine,
    • Educating and acquiring patients,
    • Diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA),
    • The treatments for snoring,
    • The treatments for OSA,
    • The effectiveness of Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS) for OSA,
    • Compliance of the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine in comparison to MAS.

 

Dr Harry Ball

Dentist

Module 3

Best practice in Dental Sleep Medicine – using an Evidence-Based Approach

    • Evidence-based dentistry and best practice,
    • Controversies associated with MAS design,
    • Controversies in the field of dental sleep medicine,
    • Controversies involving laser treatments.

Associate Professor Ramesh Balasubramaniam

Oral Medicine Specialist

Module 4

Screening, Sleep Studies and Diagnosis

    • Sleep terminology,
    • What constitutes a good night’s sleep,
    • Understanding the Hypnogram,
    • Summary of sleep disorders,
    • How to assess sleep,
    • Level 1 sleep study,
    • Level 2 sleep study,
    • Level 3 sleep study,
    • Level 4 sleep screening,
    • Interpreting sleep studies,
    • Establishing the severity of OSA and its importance,
    • Examples of sleep study reports.

Dr Linda Schachter

Sleep Physician

Module 5

The A-Z of Oral Appliances and Maximising Success

    • The different types of oral appliances,
    • The different designs of MAS including pros and cons of each,
    • Which is the best MAS?,
    • Predicting success with a MAS,
    • Providing consistently high quality appliances.

Dr Harry Ball

Dentist

Module 6

The Initial Consultation and Examination

    • The initial consultation,
    • Communicating with the laboratory.

Dr Harry Ball

Dentist

Dr Sam Talpis

Dentist

Module 7

Impressions and Intra-oral Scanning

    • Impressions and Intra Oral-scanning.

Dr Ken Lee

Dentist

Module 8

Taking a Registration

    • Taking a Registration.

Dr Ken Lee

Dentist

Module 9

Titration

    • Titration.

Dr Sam Talpis

Dentist

Module 10

Fitting an Oral Appliance

    • Fitting an Oral Appliance.

Dr Harry Ball

Dentist

Dr Sam Talpis

Dentist

Module 11

Post Fitting Review

    • Post Fitting Review.

Dr Harry Ball

Dentist

Dr Sam Talpis

Dentist

Module 12

Correspondence and Letters

    • Correspondence and Letters.

 

Dr Harry Ball

Dentist

Module 13

Side-effects and Troubleshooting

    • Occlusal changes,
    • TMD pain and dysfunction,
    • Dry mouth,
    • Residual sleepiness,
    • Residual snoring,
    • Residual sleep apnoea.

 

Dr Harry Ball

Dentist

Module 14

Why the Nose Matters

    • Understanding the importance of nasal breathing for sleep,
    • Nasal history and physical examination,
    • Nasal and soft tissues surgery for OSA. 

Professor Raj Dedhia

Otolaryngologist

Module 15

The Dentist/Sleep Physician Relationship

    • The Sleep Physician/Dentist relationship.

Dr David Cunnington

Sleep Physician