The Metz Center for Sleep Dentistry presents
A Ten Year Anniversary Consensus
Shaping the future of sleep medicine - together!

Dr. David Gozal has been ranked as THE Number One Expert in Sleep Disorders worldwide!

Dr. Leila Kheirandish-Gozal has been ranked as the Sixth Top Expert in Sleep Disorders worldwide!

Both of these physicians are associated with the University of Chicago, Illinois. This ranking was researched and published by

Do Not Miss this Rare Opportunity!

BOTH of these experts will be presenting at our Sleep Medicine Consensus on October 20 & 21, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio! Dr. Metz’s decade long commitment to providing dental professionals with a continuum of dynamic sleep dentistry educational opportunities has culminated in the coordination of this rare opportunity to learn from world renown doctors whose depth of knowledge and experience is beyond exceptional.

Dr. Metz’ efforts have culminated in the coordination of this rare opportunity to learn from world renown doctors whose depth of knowledge and experience is beyond exceptional. It has taken a decade to cultivate the resources to bring together these four professionals from every discipline of sleep medicine – and YOU are invited to participate and contribute in shaping the future of sleep medicine - side by side with them!

Where was sleep medicine a decade ago?

Where are we now in 2017?

And most importantly,
Where shall the future of effective sleep medicine go?

Now is the time to come together, dentists and physicians, to build the road on which our professions shall travel to bring the best possible treatment to our patients! Join us for this amazing and powerful event and become part of the solution!

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Friday, October 20, 2017
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 21, 2017
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Embassy Suites, Columbus, Ohio
Airport - 614-536-0500

Earn up to 15 hours of
continuing education credit.

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Program of Events

Friday, October 20, 2017
8:30 am to 5:00 pm (Check-in: 8:00 pm)

  • Welcome:  Dr. James Metz & Dr. James Blank
  • Co-Discovery:  Dr. Brian Vence
  • Intake and Diagnosis:  Dr. James Blank
  • Does Sleep Bruxism and Other Sleep Disorders Overlap In All Patients Or In Subgroup?  Dr. Gilles Lavigne
  • What About Your Clinical Cases, Evidence Based Medicine
    and Precision Medicine?  Road map or virtual fantasy…
      Dr. Gilles Lavigne

  • Generous Lunch Buffet, Dessert & Beverages

  • Biomarkers:  Dr. Leila Kheirandish-Gozal
  • Surgery (T & A) and CPAP Failed, Now what?  Dr. Leila Kheirandish-Gozal
  • Pulse Oximetry and Other In-office Testing:  Dr. James Metz
  • Dissecting the Oral Appliance and Our Study Outcomes:  Dr. James Metz

  • Reception Meet & Greet:  Beverages & Heavy Appetizers from 5:15 -6:00 pm

Saturday, October 21, 2017
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Welcome:  Dr. James Metz & Dr. James Blank
  • Surgically Facilitated Orthodontic Treatment and Advanced Restorative Care:  Dr. Brian Vence and Dr. George Mandelaris

  • Generous Lunch Buffet, Dessert & Beverages

  • Intermittent Hypoxia and Sleep Fragmentation and OSA Morbidity:  Dr. David Gozal
  • Panel Discussion:  Where We Are and Where We Are Going
    In Dental Sleep Medicine?
      Dr. David Gozal and All our Consensus Speakers

Featured Guest Speakers:


David Gozal, MD, MBA is a pediatric pulmonologist in Chicago, Illinois; affiliated with the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is a leading expert in the treatment of pediatric sleep disorders, the developmental neurobiology of respiratory control, and sleep-disordered breathing. He is known as a pioneer in the study of childhood sleep problems, and the relationships between sleep disorders and neurobehavioral, cardiovascular, and metabolic disease. Dr. Gozal studies mechanisms that mediate defense responses; mechanisms that lead to complications from low oxygen levels and disrupted sleep; and long-term health and developmental consequences of chronic sleep and breathing problems during childhood. He is currently associate editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and deputy editor of the journals Sleep and Frontiers in Neurology. An American Thoracic Society member since 1991, Dr. Gozal is the current president of the ATS.


Gilles Lavigne, DMD, PhD, FRCD(c) of the Center for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine in Montreal, Québec, Canada. Dr. Lavigne combines the worlds of academia and sleep research, clinical practice and treatment of patients, and education of predoctoral students. Dr. Lavigne is internationally recognized for his experimental and clinical research projects on sleep bruxism and the interactions between sleep, pain, and breathing disorders. He currently conducts studies on 1) the influence of opioids on sleep airway function, and 2) sleep and pain interactions in brain injury patients. Research interests include neurophysiology of sleep and pain, as well as specific disorders like sleep apnea, and periodic leg movements during sleep.

  Leila Kheirandish-Gozal, MD is currently the Director of Clinical Sleep Research in the Section of Pediatric Sleep Medicine at the University of Chicago. Her research activities revolve around pediatric sleep disordered breathing, with particular focus on major areas of vascular morbidity associated with pediatric OSA as well as exploration of novel non-surgical therapies for pediatric OSA. Her previous research has provided new concepts and methodologies and identified causative links between pediatric sleep disordered breathing and its morbid cardiovascular consequences. She has extensively published papers in prestigious peer reviewed journals and has acquired extramural funds from industry through investigator-initiated projects as well as from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is an associate editor for Frontiers in Chronobioneurology and Sleep Medicine and a member of the editorial board for the journals of Sleep Medicine and Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. She is also a program committee member of the Assembly on Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology of the American Thoracic Society as well as a steering committee member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Learn more about Dr. Kheirandish-Gozal at

Our Goal: Helping Dentistry and Medicine grow together,
creating the best possible outcome for our patients!

Your Host:    
  Dr. James Metz is a 1973 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He maintains a restorative dental practice with an emphasis on dental sleep medicine & reconstructive dentistry, along with surgical orthodontics (Surgically Facilitated Orthodontic Treatment): The goal of which is to address the major health issues of today, Hypertension & Type II Diabetes, to help restore & maintain the health of the individual.
Dr. Metz is the affiliate director of The Ohio State University Medical Center Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program. He is a member of the ADA’s Scientific Investigation Committee Workgroup, defining the role of the Oral Appliance for the control of OSA & the Scientific Investigation Committee of the AARD for Sleep Dentistry. He has served on the AADSM board of directors, course development committee, public relations committee, chair for the Introductory & Advanced Course of Dental Sleep Medicine, and vice-chair of the 2014 AADSM Annual Meeting. He is the founder & current chair for the Dental Interest Group of the American Thoracic Society.
Faculty Staff:    
  Dr. James Blank has been a dentist in private practice since 2005, focusing on comprehensive dentistry. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry & completed his hospital residency at Medical University of Ohio. He has completed advanced training in sleep medicine and TMJ therapy, dental implant surgery and restoration, prosthodontics, occlusion, cosmetic dentistry, dental materials, and dental technology. A faculty dentist & lecturer for The Metz Center for Sleep Apnea, Dr. Blank shares his experience and insights
  Dr. Brian Vence maintains a private practice in West Dundee, Illinois with a special interest in comprehensive esthetic and restorative dentistry. He received his dental degree in 1985 from the University of Illinois School of Dentistry at the Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Vence founded the Chicago Academy of Interdisciplinary Dentofacial Therapy in 1992, a study club designed to define and promote excellence in dentistry.
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The Metz Center for
Sleep Dentistry presents:

A Ten Year Anniversary Consensus

Friday, October 20, 2017 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and
Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Embassy Suites - Airport
Columbus, Ohio

Always New, Always Fresh and Always Cutting Edge!

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