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Platinum DSP Feature - Dr Peter Collins

“Dental Sleep Medicine is my future”

With over 35 years experience as a general dentist, a successful practice in Dee Why and a plan to focus on MAS therapy over the next 10 years-there’s a lot we can learn from Dr Peter Collins.

Dr Peter Collins has been practising as a general dentist for over 35 years; so he knows a thing or two about running a successful business. Having previously concentrated his treatments on all areas of general dentistry bar surgery, Peter sees the dawning of a new focus for his practice. 

Gradually homing his resources into the treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing Patients may sound unrealistic to some, or ingenious to others; but with OSA generally thought to be affecting 9% of women and 25% of men in Australia, there’s no denying the fact that we are in need of SDB focused professionals to treat this serious medical condition.

Having treated over 330 patients with a SomnoDentTM Mas, Peter already has a fluid treatment system in place.

“It’s important to complete a full oral examination; referring the patient to their general dentist for any oral rehab and using OPG and TMJ scans when necessary, before advising the patient if an oral appliance is suitable for them. I then inform the patient of the advantages and disadvantages of the treatment before asking for a signed Informed Consent form.”

Peter usually recalls his patients 4 weeks after their initial fitting, but makes himself available to those patients whom are having difficulties adjusting to the device, on the same day that they call the surgery.

“To be successful in this field, you have to work closely with the patient’s G.P, Sleep Physician and or ENT Surgeon. Part of maintaining a good working relationship is to ensure that you recall the patient after 6 months and encourage them to go back to their Sleep Physician for a follow up Sleep Study-always keep their physicians up to date on the patient’s progress.”

The future looks positive for Dr Peter Collins, who now spends around 20% of his working week treating SDB patients.
But what about the future of this niche area of dentistry?

“With increased obesity in our population, with more public awareness and the potential to have your driver’s licence limited if you suffer from OSA; I feel that dental sleep medicine is well and truly on the rise.”

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