Sleep disorders are one of the fastest growing areas of medicine.

This mini residency emphasizes the multidisciplinary approach to sleep disorders dentistry.

Wake up to a new world of patient care!

For the last 12 months Medicare has been experiencing an explosion in the numbers of people seeking treatment for snoring and sleep apnoea. This is down to a number of factors. Including changing attitudes towards snoring. A greater appreciation for the need to get good quality sleep and an increasingly overweight population.
Despite the overwhelming demand for treatments the general public still does not know they can get treatment from their local dental practitioners.

This mini residency works with leaders in the field of sleep medicine and highlights the latest developments in dental sleep medicine. It is also is designed to help clinicians to meet the standards for the scope of dental practice, in sleep medicine and to further the education, training and experience of dentists in this growing field.


Participating clinicians will gain a comprehensive knowledge on the use of oral appliances in the management of snoring and sleep disorders breathing.

Attendees will learn how to integrate dental sleep medicine into daily practice. They will also learn the latest clinical protocols to help clinicians optimize treatment success.

Attendees will learn how to integrate dental sleep medicine into daily practice. They will also learn the latest clinical protocols to help clinicians optimize treatment success.

The emerging role of orthodontics in the management of sleep disordered breathing will be reviewed


Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of our premises.

Our lecture centre is world class and our lounge area is modern with a great city view.

Fantastic catering is provided as part of the fee


Course Dates – Mini Residency – OSA (2017/19)


Course # Date
1 3 – 4 March 2018 Practical Workshop – 5 March
2 19 – 20 May 2018 Practical Workshop – 21 May
3 25 – 26 August 2018 Practical Workshop – 27 August
4 10 – 11 November 2018 Practical Workshop – 12 November




The Australasian Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AustADSM) will be giving a continuing professional education course in Oral Sleep Medicine (sleep disorders dentistry) in Sydney. The 8-module course is intended for dental professionals currently treating snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) patients using oral appliances.



Dentists are likely to have patients who need help with their snoring and OSA problems because they are having problems wearing their CPAP. Randomly making snoring appliances without adequate training is NOT the answer.

The course emphasises the multidisciplinary approach to sleep disorders dentistry with presentations from dentists, maxillofacial surgeons, orthodontists, ENT surgeons and sleep physicians, all of whom are highly experienced in practising in the field of oral sleep medicine.

Module 1

1. The overview of Sleep and sleep disorders

- Discover which patients in your practice are at risk of OSA and recognize how snoring and sleep apnoea occurs


  • The science of sleep

  • Parasomnias outlined

  • The sleep breathing disorder continuum

  • Epidemiology of sleep victims


  • The science of sleep and how different it is for kids

  • Parasomnias outlined

2. Clinical/Technical Workshop

- Signs and symptoms at initial evaluation in the dental chair
- Important questions that need to be in the history examination forms
- Items to include in your health history

Module 2

3. The assessment of sleep and sleep disorders


  • OSA

  • Bruxism

  • - Each participant will undertake a private sleep study, using an ambulatory monitor, and an in-hospital PSG to compare the results
    - Learn how to physically examine these sleep apnoeic patients
    - Identify the signs, symptoms and health risks of OSA
    - Be able to intelligently discuss all snoring and sleep apnoea treatment options with patients
    - Radiology for the OSA/snoring patient the use of CBCT
    - Understanding cephalometric and diagnosing airway volume for different dentofacial skeletal patterns, with reference to the position of the hyoid bone


  • ENT

  • SDB

  • Become familiar with the anatomy and physiology of the airway

4. Clinical/Technical Workshop

- Process and protocol for clinical records
- Review the practice management forms necessary to help with data retrieval and communication with physicians
- Dental screening for SDB, including questionnaires with dental, head and neck examination

Module 3

5. The diagnosis of sleep disorders

- Parasomnias
- Bruxism and the arousal index
- comorbid factors
- The link between OSA and depression
- cardiovascular
- respiratory
- nutritional
- Myofunctional
- Diagnosing functional tongue space and the role of the oral Myologist in the treatment of snoring and OSA
- The role of mouth breathing and poor levels of CO2
- Diagnosis and management of TMD in mandibular repositioning appliances

6. Clinical/Technical Workshop

- Process and protocol for diagnostic pathway

Module 4

7. The treatment of sleep disorders

- Overview of therapies
- Dental related therapies
- Nutritional adjunct therapies
- Recognize medical protocols used to evaluate, diagnose and treat OSA, including details of medical diagnostic (polysomnography) and medical/dental treatment modalities
- Learn how to treat the snorer/apnoeic patient in the dental office while making sure you don't get into medico-legal trouble
- Clinical/Technical Workshop
- Important evaluation data from diagnostic pathway (sleep data- comorbid data- parasomnia data)


Module 5

9. The process of assessment and diagnosis for Australian conditions for the dental clinic

- The role of the ENT surgeon in diagnosis and treatment of nasal obstruction/OSA/snoring
- Allergies and their contribution to nasal obstruction

  • Adult Lab Based testing
    - Neurological conditions
    - Parasomnia
    - Comorbid complications
    - Cardiovascular
    - Respiratory
    - CO2

  • Correlation between chronic fatigue syndrome and upper airway resistance concerns

  • The relationship between SDB and GERD, bruxism, and TMD — pathophysiology and management.

10. Clinical/Technical Workshop

- Interpretation of data into Tx and Rx
- Criteria for appliance choice for cases

Module 6

11. Adult home sleep testing

- Phenotyping
- Exclusion criteria
- ECG assessment
- When HST a recommendation for further investigation via Lab based assessment

  • The medical model for diagnosis and treatment of SDB,

  • Home monitoring devices for initial screening and subsequent monitoring of mandibular advancement device (MAD) therapy.

  • Child sleep testing

  • ENT

  • Lab based testing

12. Clinical/Technical Workshop

- HOW TO TAKE THE BITE with repeatable and recorded data to find the sweet spot
- The use of a Pharyngometer and Rhinometer

Module 7

13. Adult therapies for OSA


  • Use

  • Contraindications

  • Maintenance

  • Follow-up

  • Understanding CPAP and How it Works

    • SWAT analysis of Oral appliances

    • Material choices

    • Bite techniques

    • Design versus case selection

    - EPAP, or Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure, as a compact and portable new treatment to help sufferers manage snoring
    - Oral appliance therapy
    - Phenotyping
    - Prescribing- getting that prescription
    - Follow-up
    - Learn how to identify and manage the potential side effects of oral appliances
    - How to take a proper bite registration for your snoring appliance
    - Deliver a laboratory-fabricated sleep appliance
    - Titration protocols for oral appliances and how anatomy effects appliance selection

    • Myofunctional therapy.

      • Upper airway dilator muscles - structure, function and role in OSA

      • Application

      • Assistance

      • Combination therapy

      Combination therapies for OSA

      • CPAP

      • OAT/CPAP

      • Myo/OAT/CPAP

      • Co-therapy using CPAP and customised oral appliances

      • Snoring appliance design for the partially edentulous and fully edentulous patient

      14. Clinical/Technical Workshop

      • Follow up testing- what are we looking for? getting the prescription- the protocol

      Module 8

      15. Paediatric therapies for OSA

      • ENT A/T

      • CPAP

      • Myofunctional

      • Tongue tie

      • Early Orthodontic Intervention

      • SDB in children and review of paediatric sleep disorders with related co morbidities.

      • Maxillary expansion and its long-term effects on airway dimensions and breathing

      • The relationship between ADHD and poor sleep cycles

      • Using dento-facial orthopaedics to treat sleep apnoea

      Marketing and Other items

      • Dietary weight loss and surgical methods to reduce obesity.

      • Airways and the role of Orthognathic Surgery

      • Ethical tips to market the sleep disorder part of your dental practice

      • A review of surgical options and their predictability.

      • Sleep Laboratory Visits to various clinics in Sydney

      • Patient education and the Sleep Health Foundation

      16. Clinical/Technical Workshop

      • Assessment of success with MRA



      • Our instruction comes from evidence-based literature.

      • The mini-residency is designed to cover the pre-requisite topics to give dentists an acceptable level of education, training and experience in this growing area of dental practice.

      • We don't promote one "miracle" appliance or diagnostic/monitoring equipment that requires a huge investment.

      • The AADSM offers ongoing support and monthly webinars to keep you updated on the latest medical and dental changes

      • Participating clinicians will gain a working knowledge and the confidence to offer oral appliance therapy to patients with sleep-disordered breathing.

      • We are an ADA and AGD-PACE approved continuing education provider.


Dr. Derek Mahony

Dr. 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. For many years now Dr. Mahony has been running courses on OSA and SDB for dentists. These dentists have benefited from the diverse range of speakers that the annual “Mini Residency in OSA” held by the EODO, offers to them.

Chris Kelly - Dental Prosthetist

Chris became a dental Prosthetist in 1998 and since then such he regularly assists his clients- both dentists and patients with various kinds of cases. Full dentures, partial dentures and implant retained dentures are services Chris enjoys offering to patients. Chris completed the Fundamentals of sleep medicine course held at Sydney University in 2012. This week long intense course is an in-depth journey into the field of sleep medicine. He is furthering his education at the University of Sydney in the Science of Sleep Medicine certificate and graduate diploma. He has participated in presentations on the subject of OSA and Sleep medicine from a dental perspective. Durable Medical Equipment (DME) provision is an emerging cross over area that dental prosthetists can become involved in; the combination of scope for oral appliance record taking and construction, plus efficiency follow up screening for oral appliances, and further to this, the provision of DME equipment to patients (CPAP). Chris enjoys providing a comprehensive service to patients who need therapy for OSA and enjoys functional relationships with referring dentists and specialists.




This course adheres to the Dental Board of Australia (APHRA) CPD guidelines for 50 hours of Scientific Continuing Professional Education accreditation.