Dr. Norman Thomas

DDS | Director of Rehabilitation of the Edentulous LVIADS
Topic: The “Sleep” Revolution & The Evolution of “Dental Sleep Medicine” – Co-presented with Norman Thomas

“Dental Sleep Medicine (DSM) has been one of the fastest growing areas of dentistry over the past decade. It is estimated that the Sleep ApneaDiagnostic and therapeutics market will grow to over $7 billion by 2019. The Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) market will continue to grow  by over 5 times, to over 1 million patient treated every year in the US market alone by 2023.

Although Dental Sleep Medicine, may seem like a relatively new area in this field, Sleep Medicine has been around for many years and the pathophysiology of Obstructive Sleep Apnea have been known for over 3 decades.

This lecture will allow the audience to learn more about the history, pathophysiology and pathogenesis of the Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disordered Breathing and it’s systemic health consequences, when left untreated.

Also, the latest technology developments and research findings in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine will be discussed. The audience will also get a great understanding of the latest treatment options available to the patient and will learn about practice management and implementation tools and ideas; including digital work-flow model.

Most importantly the presenters will discuss the important role of dentistry in this field and why every dentist should learn about DSM and OAT.”


Norm Thomas-009Dr. Norman Thomas graduated as a Doctor of Dental Surgery with honors and the Dental Gold medal in 1957. He was then awarded a Nuffield Fellowship (Oxford) to continue medical studies gaining an honors degree in Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry. Between 1962 and 1968 he continued his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Oral Medicine.He subsequently pursued residency and research programs at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, The Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Medical College of Virginia, USA, and the Faculty of Medicine and Oral Sciences at the University of Alberta where he is now Professor Emeritus. From 1970 to 2002 Norman served on the Medical Research Council of Canada, and the Canadian Dental Association gaining a Certificate of Merit from the latter and several Fellowships in the medical sciences and dentistry. He is a Life Member of the Alberta Dental Association and continues in the specialties of Oral Pathology and Medicine. In 1988 Norman was appointed Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta, Canada, from which year he has served as Chancellor of the International College of Head and Neck Orthopedics in which he has lectured in USA, Europe, Australia and Asia.  Dr. Thomas has long been an advocate of learning and is in fact a dedicated life-long learner himself. He is the past Director of Research at LVI and shares his passion and vast expertise and knowledge with dentists from around the world. He is an inspiration to dentists and takes great pleasure in the chance to once again meet his old dental students as they continue their quest to be the most educated dentists they can be. Based on the foundation of research and science, Dr. Thomas lectures with passion and conviction and is one of the true gems of the profession!

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