Dental Orofacial Special Interest Group

Mission

To facilitate a coordinated multidisciplinary approach between clinicians and scientists interested in the structure and function of the upper airway and dental aspects of sleep disorders, including treatment, to promote collaborative education, research and clinical practice.


Broad Objective

  1. To foster the exchange of information and collaboration in research among clinicians and scientists broadly interested in upper airway structure and function, oral biology and dental aspects of sleep disorders and their treatment, encompassing (but not restricted to) the disciplines of respiratory and sleep medicine, dentistry and its subspecialties, otorhinolaryngology and maxillofacial surgery.
  2. To serve as a resource group to the Australasian Sleep Association Board and its subcommittees in the provision of specialised expertise related to dental aspects of sleep disorders, development of position papers and education material.
  3. To contribute to the planning of Annual Scientific Meetings.

Oral Sleep Medicine Course 2014

The 7th Annual Oral Sleep Medicine Course will be held from 6-8 October 2014 at the Perth Convention Centre.

More information coming soon..


Documents

Dental Appliance Therapy for the treatment of sleep-disordered breathing [PDF]

A Position paper of the Australasian Sleep Association regarding the use of Oral Appliances in the treatment of Snoring AND Obstructive Sleep Apnoea [PDF]

Oral Appliances for sleep apnoea [PDF]

Survey of Australian & New Zealand Dentists [PDF]


Additional Information

Health Professionals Information [link]

Sleep Health Foundation Oral Appliances Information Sheet [link]

Latest News

  • Losing sleep kills brain cells

    21st Mar 14

    Not getting enough sleep could cause up to 25 percent of certain brain cells to die, according to US scientists.

    The team from the University of Pennsylvania kept lab mice awake to simulate working night shifts, giving them three days with only four to five hours sleep per 24 hours.

    more >

  • World Sleep Day – Friday 14th March - Targets Children

    13th Mar 14

    ASA & SHF Media Release for World Sleep Day

    "You need a good night's sleep if you want to grow strong, think clearly and feel good," says sleep researcher Dr Sarah Biggs, coordinator of the event co-hosted by the Australasian Sleep Association and Sleep Health Foundation.

    Read more

    more >

  • The upslope of nocturnal melatonin profiles

    10th Feb 14

    A Flinders University study compared nocturnal melatonin profiles of individuals with Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder and normal sleepers during a 22-hour modified constant routine involving constant bed rest in dim light (<10 lux). 

     

    more >