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Portrait of Associate Professor Dr Christopher Pantin

Associate Professor Dr Christopher Pantin

BSc, BDSc, Grad Cert Adult Sleep Science

Dr Pantin is a highly regarded dentist and a snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea specialist who helps sufferers through oral treatments.

He has devoted the past 25 years to researching and treating Sleep Apnoea with a dental solution. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia (UWA).

In 2009 he proposed, and in 2010 with a multidisciplinary team, developed a Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine at UWA. He is currently a coordinator of this course.

Dr Pantin has been associated with the Western Australian Sleep Disorders Research Institute (WASDRI) at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital since its inception.

WASDRI was founded in 2000 as a non-profit organisation devoted to improving the knowledge and understanding of sleep disorders through clinical teaching and research.

Since 2005, Dr Pantin has been a clinical committee member at the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA), the peak national body in Australia and New Zealand representing clinicians, scientists and researchers in the broad area of sleep.

His expertise and the subsequent treatments he has developed are honed from working with a large demographic of patients during a long period.

He has treated and eased the suffering of more than 4,000 patients across Western Australia.

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Dr Michelle Huang

BDS, DClinDent(Pros), MRACDS(Pros)

Dr. Michelle Huang has more than 17 years of clinical experience in both public and private settings.

As a registered specialist in Prosthodontics, Dr. Michelle is well-versed in the restoration and replacement of teeth. Her expertise extends to managing snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Prosthodontists like Dr. Michelle are trained to address various functional and structural issues within the oral cavity, including those affecting breathing during sleep.

Dr. Michelle plays a crucial role in the treatment of snoring and OSA by designing and fitting oral appliances. These custom-made devices, often referred to as mandibular advancement devices (MADs) or oral sleep appliances, help maintain an open airway during sleep by repositioning the lower jaw and tongue to prevent airway obstruction.

Dr. Michelle obtained her Bachelor of Dental Surgery and subsequently completed a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics) from the University of Sydney. She is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS).

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Michelle is actively involved in clinical teaching, lectures, and administration. She provides clinical mentoring for dentists, offers clinical tutoring, and presents tutorials and lectures for students and fellow dentists.

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Dr Valerie Bennett

BDSc Hons, GradDip Dental Sleep Medicine

Dr Bennett is a dental medicine guru; in 2014 she was one of the first graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine from the University of Adelaide and the University of Western Australia – the first program of its kind in the world.

She is a member of the Australian Dental Association, Australasian Sleep Association and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and regularly attends meetings both in Australia and around the world.

Portrait of Dr Rachael Pantin

Dr Rachael Pantin

BDSc, Grad Dip Dental Sleep Medicine

At a young age, Rachael was introduced to dentistry. She worked in all areas of a dental practice. After finishing her primary and secondary education at Penrhos College in Como, Rachael moved to NSW. In 2014, she graduated from Charles Sturt University in Orange NSW with a Bachelor of Dental Science.

After graduation, Rachael returned to WA and worked as a dentist in Bunbury for three years. She’s delighted to be back in the area where her exposure to the field of dentistry began. To further her education, Rachael has taken post-graduate training including orthodontics using the Invisalign® system and CEREC restorations. Rachael also has sub-speciality expertise in Sleep Dentistry and completed a Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine at UWA.

Rachael chose to become a dentist as she enjoys combining patient-centred care with practical clinical skills. She believes that preventative dental visits are part of a holistic approach to general wellbeing.

When she’s not working, Rachael trains for open water swimming competitions such as the Rottnest Channel Swim and IRONMAN® events. She also likes to travel and is a competent violinist.

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