About the instructor
Dr Harry Ball left his general practice in Melbourne to work at the TMD clinic at the Royal Melbourne Dental Hospital. It was there that he started to see patients with snoring, sleep apnoea and TMD. In 2005 Dr Ball started Australia’s only dedicated dental sleep clinic, Sleepwise Clinic.
The clinic has now treated over 7000 patients with oral appliances for snoring sleep apnoea and bruxism. The patients are referred from sleep physicians, GP’s, ENT’s and other dentists. In order to ensure the highest quality of oral appliances a laboratory was established at SleepWise with technicians dedicated exclusively to appliances for sleep disorders. The laboratory provides the full range of validated appliances for the patients of SleepWise as well as dentists around Australia.
Dr Ball is passionate about education and has presented seminars for the Australian Dental Association, the Australian Orthodontic Society, the Australian Sleep Association and Dental Health Services. He has also presented training seminars on dental management of sleep disorders to dentists in the United Kingdom, Holland, Belgium, Singapore and Malaysia. He has also been involved in training programs for medical practitioners and trainee sleep physicians.
Dr Ball is the current co chairperson of the Dental Sleep Medicine division of the Australasian Sleep Association. He recently presented on dental sleep medicine at the 2017 Australian Dental Congress in Melbourne.
- Is it possible to get root resorption wearing an appliance as you can from having orthodontics? What are the main side effects have your patients encountered in your experience?
- How does one manage a bruxer who has OSA? (in terms of appliances, as they cant wear a night splint if they have been prescribed a MAS).
- Since we discussed about enlarged tonsils, in the initial stages of assessments, are we as general dentist allowed to request investigations / xrays to assess adenoids or refer them to GP or ENT?
- Can G.Ps refer children to private sleep physicians or do children have to be seen at a hospital for a sleep study?
- Multiple Questions: Appliance with Max / Man not connected / Does Oventus encourage mouth breathing / Best device for patients with limited movement
- Male patient with bruxism, how can I diagnose the cause of his active grinding?
- Making an oral appliance on patient who is completely edentulous on maxilla and has most of her mandibular teeth?