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
associated with Sleep disorders is well documented
in the literature. There is a growing interest among
dental profession to learn how to treat
patients with sleep
disordered breathing with oral
appliances. This two-day
course will help dentists
understand the basics of Sleep
philosophies of treatment of Sleep Disorders.
hope that at the end of the course the dentist would
have an in-depth knowledge into the basics of sleep
medicine, dental sleep medicine and a good
of when and how such a treatment
modality could be
incorporated into Dental
Practice. Such a course would be
a prelude to a
full-fledged mini residency program for the
practice of Dental Treatment of Obstructive sleep
Topics to be covered:
History of Sleep Medicine.
Sleep Apnea and Sleep Breathing
Role of Dentists in Sleep
Patient Evaluation for
Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Sleep Bruxism and Associated
Medical/Health Conditions Related
to Sleep Disorders.
Diagnostic Tests for Sleep
Appliance Treatment for
Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Practice Management in Dental
(detailed course material will be
010 - 4 hours Basic
730 - 12 hours Oral Medicine, Oral
Diagnosis, Oral Pathology
DAVIS THOMAS, BDS, DDS, MSD,
MSc Med (Sleep Medicine)
Clinical Assistant Professor, Rutgers
School of Dental Med, USA
Masters candidate (MSc) in
Clinical Pain Management, Univ of Edin. ; Diplomate, American
Board of Orofacial Pain; Fellow of American Academy of Orofacial
Dr. Davis Thomas successfully completed
his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from the prestigious
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 went on to complete one year of Advanced Education
in General Dentistry at NYU.
In 2002, he established his first
practice in Oakhurst, NJ and while in private practice, he took
several Continuing Education courses at reputed US dental and
medical schools in the field of TMJ/TMD and Orofacial Pain. To
further his education in this area, Dr. Thomas joined the Post
Graduate Fellowship in TMD and Orofacial Pain at the University
of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in 2005. After
completing the fellowship he then went on to receiving his
Masters (MSD) in Orofacial Pain, also from UMDNJ. Dr. Thomas
recently successfully completed his Masters in Sleep Medicine (MSc
Med) with the University of Sydney, Australia. Currently, he is
doing his Masters (MSc) 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. There, he is in charge of the dental treatment of
established Orofacial Pain cases. He is also the faculty in
charge of setting up a Dental Sleep Medicine Program. He has
over 2000 hours of Continuing education credits on record. The
experience and education Dr. Thomas has acquired over the years
has allowed him to lecture extensively all around the world. He
has presented several posters and papers at international pain
conferences, and met with leading researchers in the field.
Dr. Thomas also acts as a consultant to
several dental and medical insurance companies by performing
Independent Medical Examinations. He has been a commissioned
officer in the United Sates Army since 2001. He is also an
Attending at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ and at
Jersey Shore University Medical Center.
Dr. Thomas continues to practice in
three locations in New Jersey and places an emphasis on treating
Craniomandibular Disorders and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
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