Updates in Management of
Sleep Breathing Disorders (SBD)
Program Co-Chairs: Mariona Mulet, Maria Hernandez, Massimiliano Di Giosia
Course Description: The basis of this conference is to review the current status of Sleep Medicine disorders with an emphasis on the role of the dentist in the management of Sleep Breathing Disorders (SBD). The conference will provide presentations by guest speakers as well as an opportunity to have an interactive discussion at the end of each presentation. The diverse disciplines and professional backgrounds of the guest speakers reflect the multidisciplinary nature of sleep medicine. Dental professionals should become familiar with the most common sleep disorders, including Sleep Breathing Disorders (SBD), since these impact a high percentage of the population, often times remaining undiagnosed, and their presence can negatively impact outcomes in pain management.
(All times below are listed as Eastern)
10 -10:45 am – Introduction to Sleep Disorders – Mike Howell, MD
Dr. Howell is Vice-Chair for Education and Faculty Affairs in the Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota. He is also the Division Head of Sleep Medicine in the Department of Neurology and Medical Director, M Health Sleep Performance Training for Athletes.
His career is dedicated to the development of novel treatment strategies in sleep medicine. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and he was the previous Program Director of the Clinical Sleep Fellowship at the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Currently, he is also the President of the Sleep Performance Institute and Co-developer of the SPI Sleep Journey mobile App.
11:00 – 11:45 am – Nasal Airway Obstruction and Obstructive Sleep Apnea – Eddie Sall, DDS, MD
Since 1992, Dr. Sall has practiced in Syracuse, New York as an Otolaryngologist and Dentist with an emphasis in TMD, facial pain, general Otolaryngology, and the diagnosis and surgical treatment of sinonasal disorders and allergic rhinitis. In addition, he maintains an active practice in the surgical management of sleep disorders.
Dr Edward T Sall obtained a DDS from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. While at Columbia University he spent a year working in the Temporomandibular and Orofacial Pain Clinic under the direction of Dr. Joseph Marbach.
After dental school, he completed a GPR residency in Hospital Dentistry and joined his father in a private practice in general dentistry.
Due to his interest in facial pain and temporomandibular joint disorders he decided to return to medical school for additional training. He attended SUNY Upstate Medical Center and received a MD in 1987, followed by a 5-year residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.
In 2000, Dr. Sall obtained a MBA from SUNY Binghamton with an emphasis in healthcare and healthcare policy. His business skills and training have lead him to numerous roles in health care and as a consultant to dental and medical companies in both otolaryngology and dentistry.
Dr. Sall became board certified In Sleep Medicine in 2012. Currently he is a consultant to the Upstate Medical Center Sleep Lab as well as the Crouse Irving Memorial Sleep Lab. Dr. Sall is the Medical Director for ProSomnus as well as ProAct Health Solutions.
Dr. Sall maintains an active medical and surgical practice in sleep disordered breathing and has treated over 3500 patients with Oral Appliance Therapy.
12-12:45 pm – Sleep and Migraine – Angeliki Vgontzas, MD
Dr. Vgontzas (“Vah-GONE-Tzas”) received her medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She completed Neurology residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, New York. She completed headache fellowship at the John R. Graham Headache Center/Harvard Medical School. She is an Instructor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School and practices Headache Medicine at the Graham Headache Center/Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
She has spent dedicated time in the research of migraine and pain since 2005. This includes a two year NIH intramural research training award in the NIMH Genetic Epidemiology Research Branch where she helped develop a research tool to assess sleep patterns and problems in patients with migraine. Most recently, her work has involved the study of sleep, stress and lifestyle behaviors during attacks of migraine in those with episodic migraine with her mentor, Suzanne Bertisch, at Harvard Medical School. Her work is reflected in numerous peer-reviewed publications on sleep and migraine.
She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Headache Society and International Headache Society.
2-3 pm – Sleep Breathing Disorders in the Pediatric Patient – Ben Pliska, DDS
Dr. Benjamin Pliska is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario School of Dentistry, and obtained his Certificate in Orthodontics and Master’s Degree in Dentistry from the University of Minnesota.
He is an Associate Professor of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry, an Orthodontic Consultant at B.C. Children’s Hospital and maintains a private practice in Vancouver as a certified specialist in Orthodontics. Dr. Pliska’s research interests include craniofacial imaging and sleep medicine.
3:00-3:45 pm – Oral Appliances for SBD – Andrew Smith, DDS
Dr. Andrew Smith graduated from Creighton University School of Dentistry magna cum laude. He then attended a residency at the UCLA-Venice AEGD. Afterwards, he was a resident at the UCLA Orofacial Pain & Dysfunction and Dental Sleep Medicine department, where he was privileged to serve as the chief resident. Dr. Smith is board certified with the American Board of Orofacial Pain and now serves as an oral examiner for ABOP. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. He is a council member of the AAOP and a member of the Dental Sleep Medicine Committee. He is a former board member of the Colorado Sleep Society. Dr. Smith has lectured at the AAOP annual scientific meetings for dental sleep medicine, headache, and orofacial pain topics, the AAOP dental sleep medicine mid-year review courses, and at local Colorado dental study clubs.
Dr. Smith has participated in clinical research at UCLA using platelet rich plasma for the treatment of temporomandibular arthritis.
Dr. Smith is now in full time private practice limited to dental sleep medicine and orofacial pain near Denver in Greenwood Village, Colorado. He is happily married, has five children, and loves the Rocky Mountain outdoors.
4 – 4:45 pm – Coding and Billing – Alex Vaughan, DDS
Dr. Alexander T. Vaughan is a board certified orofacial pain specialist and co-founder of Virginia Total Sleep. After starting his dental career in the United States Army, he moved to Richmond, Virginia. His practice, Virginia Total Sleep, is fully dedicated to the specialized treatment of orofacial pain and sleep apnea and was founded on the key pillars of increased access to care through medical insurance billing and digital dentistry. Drawn into dentistry by CAD-CAM systems, Dr. Vaughan was able to put down the highspeed handpiece, but can’t let go of digital impression, design, and fabrication of appliances for his patients. In addition to clinical dentistry, Dr. Vaughan provides training in orofacial pain, dental sleep medicine, medical billing, DSM practice administration, and digital design/3D printing.