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Dentistry’s role in the management of sleep apnoea

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Friday 10 March 2017
09:00 - 17:00
British Dental Association
64 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 8YS, England
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  • Dental Care Professional: £95.00
  • BDA member: £150.00
  • Non member: £195.00

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Dentistry’s role in the management of snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea

Friday 10 March 2017

British Dental Association
64 Wimpole Street
London W1G 8YS


Explore the role of dentistry in the assessment and management of sleep related breathing disorders  and how dental sleep medicine can be introduced  into your practice.

Habitual snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) are both serious conditions which have a significant impact on health. The effect on personal relationships is underestimated. OSA cannot be cured but there are several modalities for its management. The dental team are in a fantastic position to offer a key role in screening, assessing and possibly treating these patients. 

Patients who are at risk or have the disease, are more likely to be identified by the dentist due to the frequency of their visits, and can be managed accordingly. Being best placed to provide oral appliances for the management of snoring and OSA, a dentist would be working outside his/her normal scope of practice unless adequate training and continuous education can be demonstrated, in order to be indemnified by the major indemnity insurers.

It is estimated that about 1.5 million people in Britain have OSA* of which 45% are thought to have moderate to severe disease. This figure is potentially higher as many are blissfully unaware they have a problem until a partner or family member notice the signs and symptoms.

* Figures from British Lung Foundation ( OSA UK health economics report.

Learning objectives

  • Understand sleep disorders, their prevalence and their impact on systemic health and well-being 
  • Understand the extra-oral and intra-oral signs and symptoms suggestive of a sleep related breathing disorder 
  • Gain an introduction to sleep bruxism, craniofacial pain in relation to sleep related breathing disorders
  • Appreciate dentistry’s role in the management of sleep related breathing disorders as part of a multidisciplinary medical and dental team 
  • Know how to identify, screen and manage patients at risk, following a recognised screening protocol.


This training course meets the educational criteria set by the GDC for 6 hours of verifiable CPD and is certified by the British Dental Association.

About the speakers


Ama Johal resized.jpg​​Ama Johal, Professor/Consultant Orthodontist & Academic Lead at Bart's and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Ama qualified in dentistry at Sheffield University in 1989 with Honours. He then completed the Membership in Orthodontics (Royal College Surgeons England) and Master's Degree in Orthodontics at Bart's and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, graduating with distinction in 1996.  He has completed a PhD in the use of mandibular advancement splints in sleep-related breathing disorders. Ama is a member of the Angle Society of Europe and appointed a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Both his clinical and research work has been rewarded with numerous national and international prizes and grants. He is an invited lecturer, both nationally and internationally, with over 75 publications in peer-reviewed international journals.  His research interests include the impact of quality of life in orthodontics and the management of patients with sleep-related breathing disorders. His specialist interests include multidisciplinary care of patients with orthodontic-restorative needs.

Mayoor Patel (resized for website).jpgMayoor Patel, Practice Limited to Dental Sleep Medicine and Craniofacial  Pain, Atlanta, USA

Mayoor Patel received his dental degree from the University of Tennessee in 1994. After graduation he completed a one-year residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD). In 2011 he completed a Masters in Science from Tufts University in the area of Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Patel has earned a Fellowship in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics and the Academy of General Dentistry.  He also became a Diplomate in the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Board of Orofacial Pain, American Board of Craniofacial Pain and American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine. 

Presently, Mayoor serves as a board member with the Georgia Association of Sleep Professionals, and American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. He also has taken the role as examination chair for the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine and American Board of Craniofacial Pain. He has also taken the role as Director of Clinical Education for Nierman Practice Management.

Since 2003, Mayoor has limited his practice to the treatment of TMJ Disorders, headaches, facial pain and sleep apnoea. Additional contributions have been published textbook chapters, consumer book on treatment options for sleep apnea and various professional and consumer articles.

Tim Quinnell (resized for webiste).jpgTim Quinnell, Respiratory and Sleep Disorders, Papworth Hospital, Cambridge

Tim Quinnell is a respiratory and sleep disorders physician at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, where he is clinical lead for one of the UK's three accredited sleep laboratories. He trained in sleep medicine in Australia and subsequently Papworth Hospital, where he gained consultancy in 2004. He specialises in respiratory and non-respiratory sleep disorders, domiciliary noninvasive ventilation (NIV) and weaning from invasive ventilation. Papworth Hospital has over 1,000 patients maintained on NIV and around 12,000 on CPAP. His MD was on genetic and electrophysiological aspects of narcolepsy. 

Tim was Chief Investigator for the NIHR Trial of Mandibular Advancement Devices in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (TOMADO).  He is a member of the international MAD research network, ORANGE. 

Other research interests include REM sleep behaviour disorder and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in Atrial Fibrillation. He is an associate lecturer for the University of Cambridge. He is Treasurer for the British Sleep Society and sits on the Board of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine.


 Cancellation policy

All cancellations must be received in writing either by email to, or by post to The Events team, BDA, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS. This must then be followed by a telephone call to confirm receipt. Cancellations received 29 days or more prior to the event will be entitled to a 100% credit voucher or refund. Cancellations received between 15 days and 28 days (inclusive) prior to the event will receive a 100% credit voucher to attend a future BDA event or a 75% refund. For late cancellations received between 1 day and 14 days (inclusive) prior to the event, no credit voucher or refund will be given. Failure to attend the event on the day will constitute late cancellation and no credit voucher or refund will be given. Substitutions are welcome at any time.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the programme may change and the BDA reserves the right to cancel the event or alter the venue and/or speakers.

Further information

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