The Australasian Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AustADSM) launched a three-day sleep seminar titled, 'An exploration of Dental Sleep Medicine and the role of the GDP' in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Derek Mahony, AustADSM founder and Specialist Orthodontist, lectures around the world on the topic, and created a mini-residency program consisting of four course modules throughout 2013. Dental Sleep Medicine Education Company, Sleep Group Solutions, supports the AustADMS and founder Dr. Derek Mahony, in providing leading-edge education for Australian Dentists treating snoring and sleep apnea. The final module completes on November 15-16 in Alexandria, NSW, Australia.
According to Dr. Mahony, Australia is lagging behind in relevant treatment and screening protocols related to Dental Sleep Medicine. “It is clear that in Australia, we are lagging behind the Americans and most of Europe, in this field. To help encourage more effective treatments, we propose that an Association of all interested parties should be organized so that we can educate and support ourselves.” says Dr. Mahony on launching the association. The AustADSM intends to help educate practitioner Dentists through clinical meetings, and webinars, that keep leading-edge ideas accessible, and establish and maintain an appropriate treatment protocol.
American based Dental Sleep Medicine company, Sleep Group Solutions, is familiar with Dr. Mahony’s initiative, and have also helped pave the way for many successful Dental Sleep Medicine Dentists. “We think it’s exceptional that Dr. Mahony has created such a high standard of education and training in Australia and Asia. Implementing a proper protocol is essential for case success, and Dr. Mahony is up to date on the latest technologies and techniques.” says Rani Ben-David, President of Sleep Group Solutions.
“The options for treatment of OSA vary. The gold standard treatment is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), but this treatment has several drawbacks and long term compliance is poor.” says Dr. Mahony, who utilizes Oral Appliance Therapy, an effective method of treatment for patients in need of a CPAP alternative. Dr. Mahony incorporates the use of technology to map out the patients airway to locate any obstructions. “The acoustic reflection technique is reproducible, noninvasive, and free from potential side effects. The good correlation between AI and pharyngeal area adds to the potential of acoustic pharyngometry. Careful study of the pharyngeal cross-sectional area and curve topography may give a good idea about the site of upper airway obstruction.” says Dr. Derek Mahony on the use of Pharyngometry.
The dentist has a role in the treatment of OSA, and by regularly updating medical histories, and actively screening, dentists across the globe are saving lives by treating patients for Sleep Disordered Breathing. To learn more about The Australasian Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, please contact info(at)dentaleducation(dot)net.au or call 02 9700 9173. To locate an SGS Dental CE course near you, log onto http://www.sleepgs.com.
About Dr. Derek Mahony
Derek Mahony is a Sydney based Specialist Orthodontist who has spoken to thousands of practitioners about the benefits of interceptive orthodontic treatment. Early in his career Dr Mahony learned from leading clinicians the dramatic effect functional appliance therapy can afford patients in orthodontic treatment. He has been combining the fixed and functional appliance approach ever since. His lectures are based on the positive impact such a combined treatment approach has had on his orthodontic results and the benefits this philosophy provides from a practice management viewpoint. Dr. Mahony created the The Australasian Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, which intends to help educate practitioner Dentists through clinical meetings, and webinars, that keep leading-edge ideas accessible, and establish and maintain an appropriate treatment protocol.
Sleep Group Solutions is an airway diagnostic technology company serving the needs of physicians and dentists interested in screening, diagnosing and treating sleep apnea and other upper airway disorders. Sleep Group Solutions offers the latest screening and diagnostic equipment solutions for patients with allergy, sinus congestion, rhinitis, deviated septum, nasal polyps, snoring and sleep apnea. SGS offers the most comprehensive dental sleep medicine CE seminars in the industry focused on teaching dentists the protocols needed to make the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea part of their practice. Sleep Group Solutions offers sleep study interpretation, oral appliances (Norad Boil & Bite, Respire), online directory 1800SleepLab.com and online marketing for CPAP Intolerant patients. SGS is the manufacturer of the Eccovision Systems Rhinometer and Pharyngometer, and offers Home Sleep Testing devices from Watermark Medical.