San Gabriel Valley Dental Society

Continuing Education

November 17, 2020 at 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Retired Dentist $35.00
Non-member Dentist $75.00
Staff $35.00
Member Dentist $35.00

General Information

Course Number 02-2257-2013
Provider San Gabriel Valley Dental Society
SGVDS Office
312 E Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
Speaker Davis Thomas, DDS
Type/Category Live virtual
Credits 3

Seminar Highlights:
The science of Sleep Medicine and treatment of sleep disorders have been going through explosive advances in the past two decades. The significant morbidity and mortality associated with Sleep disorders is well documented in the literature. There is a growing interest among the dental profession to learn how to treat patients with sleep disordered breathing with oral appliances. This three hour course will help dentists understand the basics of Sleep

medicine and philosophies of treatment of Sleep Disorders. We hope that at the end of the course the dentist would have a good introductory knowledge into the basics of sleep medicine, dental sleep medicine and a good understanding of when and how such a treatment modality could be incorporated into Dental Practice. Such a course would be a prelude to a full day or more  program for the practice of Dental Treatment of Obstructive sleep apnea.

Sub Topics to be covered:
History of Sleep Medicine. Sleep Neurophysiology, Sleep cycles; Normal sleep rhythms.

• Sleep Apnea and Sleep Breathing Disorders; OSA Anatomy of OSA : Basics for dentists

• Sleep Bruxism and Associated Sleep Disorders : implications of bruxism on treatment planning in Dentistry

• Patient Evaluation for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: TMJ screening/occlusion.

•Dentist’s role in Sleep Apnea Treatment

•Role of Occlusion in TMD/OFP/Bruxism

• Dental Appliance Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: a primer for restorative dentists

• Practice Management in Dental Sleep Medicine.

• Effect of Sleep disorders on Oral structures and Restorations

About the speaker:
Dr. Davis Thomas completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Kasturba Medical College, India, in 1992. He then joined New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry in 1994, where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) three years later. In 1998, he completed one year of Advanced Education in General Dentistry at NYU.

To further his education, Dr. Thomas joined the Post Graduate Fellowship in TMD and Orofacial Pain at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2005. After completing the fellowship he then went on to receiving his Masters (MSD) in Orofacial Pain.  Dr. Thomas recently completed his Masters in Sleep Medicine with the University of Sydney, Australia. Currently, he is doing his Masters in Clinical Pain Management under the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Dr. Thomas now continues his research in Pain Management at Rutgers University Dental School, where he is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Diagnostic Sciences Division. He is also the faculty in charge of setting up a Dental Sleep Medicine Program

Dr. Thomas continues his practice limited to TMD/ Orofacial Pain / and Dental Sleep Medicine, and continues as Faculty at Rutgers School of Dental medicine and Rochester Medical School.

San Gabriel Valley Dental Society

312 E Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776
Phone: (626) 285-1174
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