Dr Harry Ball and Dr Aniko Ball, the dentists at SleepWise Clinic, are among the most experienced practitioners in the world having treated over 5000 patients with oral appliance therapy.
They have been recently been joined by Dr Erica Jeong who graduated with an honours degree in medical science from the University of Sydney and has worked as a sleep scientist at the Epworth Hospital and the Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne. She was involved in the organisation, set up, and interpretation of sleep studies, as well as the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea.
Dr Jeong developed a special interest in dental sleep medicine – the treatment of snoring and sleep apnoea with oral appliances. She undertook training in doctor of dental surgery and graduated as a dentist from Melbourne University with honours and brings her great interpersonal skills and vast knowledge in sleep medicine to her work at SleepWise Clinic.
All of the dentists at SleepWise clinic are members of the Australasian Sleep Association, and the Australian Dental Association and work exclusively in the field of dental sleep medicine. Dr Harry Ball is the current co-chairperson of the dental sleep medicine division of the Australasian Sleep Association. The dentists at SleepWise Clinic also provide training programs in dental sleep medicine for dentists all over Australia.
SleepWise Clinic is the only clinic in Melbourne specialising in the field of dental sleep medicine and provides the full range of state of the art oral appliances for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea.
Dr Harry Ball, the founder of SleepWise Clinic, left his general dental practice in 1998 to follow his special interest in pain management at the Temporomandibular Disorders Pain Clinic at the Royal Melbourne Dental Hospital. It was there he started treating patients with oral appliances for sleep apnea who were referred to the clinic by medical specialists.
Witnessing the excellent results of treatment, often life changing, Dr Ball developed a growing interest in the field of dental sleep medicine which led to the establishment of SleepWise Clinic, formally known as Medident Sleep Clinic, with Ian Gale in 2004 in Moorabbin.
The establishment of oral appliance therapy as a mainstream therapy, based on worldwide studies demonstrating effectiveness, and the excellent results of treatment, led to a growing number of referrals with the vast majority of patients coming from sleep physicians, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists, GP’s, dentists and satisfied patients. Due to the growth of the clinic and the need to be more centrally located for patients who came from all over Victoria and also interstate, SleepWise Clinic moved to Collins Street Melbourne in 2007.
An onsite laboratory with specially trained technicians was established at SleepWise Clinic in order to attain the highest quality sleep in appliances. SleepWise Dental Lab is the only dental laboratory in Australia manufacturing a full range of state of the art oral appliances. The special focus on oral appliances allows for a high level of technical expertise in the field, including research and development.
The onsite laboratory provides a valuable service for SleepWise Clinic’s patients and also provides oral appliances for other dentists around Australia who have a special interest in the field.