Oral Appliance Therapy stalwart, Sonnie Bocala, ends the ZZZ Pack’s hiatus to discuss his company’s pandemic pivot and the Dental Sleep Medicine field’s Covid comeback. You’ll be stunned as he unmasks the collaborative project that brought many labs together for a truly admirable cause.
It wouldn’t be a Sonnie day though if we didn’t talk OAT specifics. You’ll hear which appliance he thinks is best, what makes Apex more than just an appliance manufacturer, cause and effect of appliance breakage and repairs, and tons more.
NEWS FLASH: Sonnie shares THE BIGGEST ENEMY TO ORAL APPLIANCES! He dropped it on us just before he got thunderstruck in the bonkers new Lightning Round.
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Sonnie Bocola was born into a family with five generations of 16 Dentists, so it wasn’t a surprise when he decided to pursue the same career path. He graduated from San Diego State University in 2004 with a Bachelors in Cellular Molecular Micro-Biology. While awaiting acceptance to dental school he began working for a private practice as a dental assistant. Very quickly Sonnie found his passion in the dental lab side of the industry and assumed the position as Director of International Lab Certification for TMJ and Sleep Research International from 2004-2016. He opened T & S Dental Lab, which he owned and operated from 2006-2016. This is where he began his journey that has led him to where he is today; having lectured internationally on TMJ, Sleep Therapy and oral appliance designs, and trained and certified international dental labs on the fabrication of TMJ orthotics. Currently, Sonnie is the President and owner of Apex Dental Sleep Lab, President of Sketchpad Innovations, Developer and Patent holder of Kava Mandibular Advancement device and a manufacturing consultant to Oravan OSA.
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Meet the ZZZ Pack:
Lisa Moler is founder and CEO of MedMark LLC and publisher of several dental specialty publications. Her personal experience with obstructive sleep apnea inspired her to launch Dental Sleep Practice magazine.
Dr. Erin Elliott lectures extensively on dental sleep medicine and short term orthodontics and loves to help general dentists extend this life-saving service to their patients. She teaches sleep apnea with 3D-Dentists and Dr. Tarun Agarwal and privately coaches practices about sleep.
Jason Tierney is the founder of the North American Dental Sleep Medicine Symposium and has contributed to the development of numerous devices for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and migraine headaches. He also serves as editor-in-chief of Dental Sleep Practice magazine.