DAY 1:  FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2020

9:00 AM Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 AM to 9:55 AM

Topic: Review Of Current Evidence On Physiologic Remodeling Of The Upper Airway Learn about remodeling of the upper airway, specifically with respect to the treatment of sleep disordered breathing.

Presenter: Dr. David Singh

Currently, he is a Board Member of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, Member of the World Sleep Society, Academic Fellow of the World Federation of Orthodontists, and Fellow of the International Association for Orthodontics, where he was awarded prizes in 2005, 2013 and 2014.

He has published over 200 articles in the peer-reviewed medical, dental and orthodontic literature, has published 7 books/chapters, and is currently finishing his new book entitled “Pneumopedics and craniofacial epigenetics”, which focuses on craniofacial sleep medicine with a special interest in obstructive sleep apnea in both children and adults. He has lectured and presented his work at numerous medical, dental and orthodontic conferences in North America, Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa.

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Topic: Working with Physicians and Scope of Practice in Dental Sleep Medicine

Presenter: Dr. Kent Smith DDS

Dr. Smith is a Diplomate of both the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and is on the Advisory Committee of the Australasian Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. In 2007, he was asked to start a sleep curriculum at the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Clinical Studies. In 2011, he started the SKISH Initiative (“School Kids in Safe Hands”), to keep bus drivers and students safe on the roads. In 2012, he was the first in Texas to be awarded a Dental Sleep Medicine Facility Accreditation and is the creator of the “Best Sleep Hygiene” app. He is current President of the ASBA.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Coffee/Tea Break and Exhibits

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Topic: Airway Centric Orthodontics

Presenter: Dr. Bret Christiansen

Dr. Christensen attended Creighton University School of Dentistry graduating 3rd in his class in 1993. Completed his AEGD US Army Dental Corp at Fort Carson, Colorado 1993-1994. There he received specialized training in oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics, and orthodontics.  From 1993-1997 he served as a general dentist at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. He also served as the XO (Executive Officer) of the 464th Medical Company during Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia Conflict). 1997-1999 he did his orthodontic residency at the University of Louisville, Kentucky receiving a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and Master’s Degree in Oral Biology with his thesis, Treating Class III Malocclusions in Children with Expansion and Facemask Protraction. 1999-2001 served as Chief of Orthodontics at the Ft. Bragg Bravo Program. May 2019, Dr. Christensen received Diplomat Status with the ASBA.


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Topic: Medical Dentists or Medical Doctors: why is it so important to distinguish who we are. Why understanding our differences is vital to our ability to successfully deliver OAT and more importantly to get paid for providing this live changing service.



3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Topic: When Patients Come Back – Educational Seminar Addresses Simple Steps to Address Pain

Presenter: Dr. Dan Tache DMD

Dr. Taché is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. After graduating from dental school, he completed an advanced General Dentistry Residency program at the Veterans Administration Hospital (VA)/University of Texas Dental Branch (UTDB). Dr. Taché attended an 18-month training program for the diagnosis and treatment of Myofascial Pain Dysfunction (MPD). Dr. Taché established a successful practice in Houston, Texas, where he emphasized Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD), Myofascial Pain Dysfunction (MPD) and Sleep Apnea (SA). During that time, he maintained his position as an assistant clinical professor, lecturing on TMD/MPD. In 1999, Dr. Taché and his family moved back home to Appleton and became the first board-certified dentist in Dental Sleep Mediine in the state of Wisconsin.

4:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Coffee/Tea Break

4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Topic: Advanced Craniofacial Sleep Dentistry


9:00 AM Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 AM -10:30 AM Sponsor Symposia

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Coffee/Tea Break and Exhibits

11:00 AM to 11:55 AM

Topic: Side Effects Of Oral Appliance Therapy: Dr. Blum will provide insight on the side effects of oral appliance therapy including not only what is caused by oral appliances themselves but also by not recognizing potential problems ahead of time which in turn creates issues during treatment.

Presenter: Dr. Damian Blum

Dr. Damian Blum, DMD is a dentistry practitioner in Ellicott City, MD and has been practicing for 37 years since he graduated from Boston University School Of Medicine in 1983 and practices dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine as well as a member of the Education Committee in the American Sleep and Breathing Academy. In 2019, Dr. Blum received State of Maryland Governor’s Citation for outstanding contributions in the field of sleep disorders, Top Sleep Apnea & TMJ Therapy and Top Invisalign Dentist for Baltimore/Washington area. Dr. Blum is a Fellow in the International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics and Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry.


12:00 PM to 12:55 PM

Topic: Comparative Bite Position Analysis; adding vertical and other dimensions to bite taking methods.

In medicine, the highest level of care would respect the phenotypic diversity of the human population. Moreover, that level of detail of care would honor precision and sensitivity to treatment involved with every individual’s unique anatomy and airway. For example, during physicians’ prescription medication formation, dosages are calibrated and attained with substantial attention for the patient’s customized treatment. The physician would consider all physiology, medical history, and anatomical characteristics for optimal outcome. So, why is it different when it comes to the bite dentists take for oral appliance therapy? This lecture help attendees understand the nature of every patient having a unique airway and anatomy.

Presenter: Dr. Jerry Hu, DDS

Dr. Hu, grew up in Soldotna, Alaska, the heart of the Kenai Peninsula and home of the world record King Salmon. He graduated from Soldotna high School in 1991, earning abundant local, state and national scholarships and was also admitted to a very competitive dual-degree program, called the “Preferred Admissions Program” at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He knew he wanted to become a dentist ever since middle school, and being admitted to this vigorous program, he was able to attain both his bachelor’s and doctorate degree at age 24. While at Michigan Dental School, Dr. Hu earned research recognition and awards, for his study, “Searching for practical methods to monitor Streptococcus mutans levels” under Dr. Walter J. Loesche, former President of the International Academy of Dental Research (IADR) and American Academy of Dental Research (AADR).

Currently, Dr. Hu is dedicated to providing exceptional dentistry in Anchorage and Soldotna. Over the years, Dr. Hu has attained extensive training at the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). He has earned many Fellowships and Masterships and has published numerous articles with his research in cosmetic dentistry and dental sleep apnea treatment. In 2017, he became the first full time dentist in Alaska to earn Board certification for Dental Sleep Medicine as a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Sleep and Breathing Academy.

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM


2:00 PM to 2:55 PM

Topic: Scope of Practice in Dental Sleep Medicine




3:00 PM to 3:55 PM

Topic: Managing the SDB Patient – Using proven methods to manage SDB and the technology that is available to Dentists to be able to provide care in a clinically significant  and profitable way.

Presenter: Dr. Suzanne Mericle

In addition to her role as your dentist, Dr. Mericle also is an instructor for the American Academy of Facial Esthetics where she teaches dentists and doctors on the subjects of Dental Sleep Medicine, TMJ Therapy, and Facial Esthetics. Dr. Mericle is also a lecturer for Glidewell Dental where she lectures on Sleep Dentistry.
Dr. Mericle has published several articles and is a member of numerous reputable professional organizations. She maintains professional memberships in the Georgia Dental Association, The American Dental Association, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and The American Academy of Facial Esthetics. She is also a Diplomate with American Sleep and Breathing Academy and a Qualifying Dentist with the AADSM.


4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Topic: Opioid Education

Many states are beginning to require a certain amount of opioid training. This time slot in the conference will provide special opioid certification accepted in most states.


5:00 PM to 6:00PM

Topic: Medical Billing – Three Person Panel Q&A

Open microphone discussion on the topic of medical billing in the dental office. Attendees will have the opportunity to bring questions/concerns to the attention of the group after a brief lecture covering the ins and outs of being financially compensated for treatment of sleep disordered breathing

Moderator: Rani Ben-David CEO/Founder | Sleep Group Solutions

Today, Sleep Group Solutions stands alone as the only provider of a complete suite of solutions. Starting with continuing education courses and in-office training, screening, diagnostic and treatment instrumentation. With over 50 Million people in North America suffering with sleep apnea and less than 0.5% of the dentists currently trained and equipped to offer assistance, we can expect to see continued growth of this field over the next decade. By offering every piece of the education, screening, diagnosis and treatment puzzle, SGS provides a unique position to capitalize on this tremendous growth.