About this event

  • Date and time Mon 22 Feb 2021 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Odontology

Episode 6 of the Sleep and Dentistry webinar series.​

This webinar will highlight the benefits of bringing ambulatory sleep testing into primary care. Join Dr Swapna Mandal and Dr Aditi Desai to understand the burden of sleep disordered breathing on secondary care specialists and how introducing sleep testing to primary care will alleviate this. Drawing on their own experiences using this method of working, discussion points in this webinar will include essential requirements, establishing a differential diagnosis and more.

During this webinar you will:

  • Appreciate the burden of Sleep Disordered Breathing and the management pathway
  • Understand requirements for a confirmed diagnosis
  • Learn about sleep testing: in-hospital polysomnography vs. ambulatory sleep testing (HST)
  • Understand the essential requirements to provide these tests

A CPD certificate with 1 CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

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Key speakers

Dr Swapna Mandal

Consultant Respiratory Physician, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Honorary Associate Professor, University College London

Speaker's biography

Dr Mandal qualified in medicine at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Medical School. Following graduation, she specialised in respiratory medicine after completing her medical rotation. She completed her postgraduate training in London. Having undertaken a period of research, Dr Mandal received a PhD from King’s College London for her work in the Lane Fox unit in the investigation and management of ventilatory failure. Dr Mandal presents at international conferences and has published in several international peer-reviewed journals, demonstrating the use of novel diagnostic techniques in ventilatory failure and published the NERO trial demonstrating the respiratory, cardiovascular and exercise capacity benefits of targeted weight loss in obesity hypoventilation syndrome.  She has also been involved in the development on international guidance for bronchoscopy and advanced bronchoscopy with the British Thoracic Society.  She is now the lead Consultant Physician in Sleep and Ventilation at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, focusing on the management of sleep-disordered breathing.

The service covers a large geographical area treating a range of patients with often complex needs including those with progressive neurological disorders and ventilatory failure.  Additionally, she has set up a joint respiratory and palliative advanced respiratory care clinic for patients with chronic respiratory conditions requiring input from both specialties. She is also the clinical lead for lung function services across the trust and has introduced innovative diagnostic pathways. She continues her pursuit of academic interests in sleep and ventilation medicine and is supervising several PhD students as well as actively improving patient care through quality improvement projects. She recently won a BMJ award for an innovative outpatient pathway and was a regional finalist for the Peter-Carr Award.


View the programme here

Welcome and introduction

Dr Deborah Bomfim, President, Odontology Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Dr Aditi Desai, President, British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine

Reducing the burden of home sleep testing in secondary care

Dr Swapna Mandal, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Honorary Associate Professor, University College London

Questions and answers
Close of meeting



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Disclaimer:All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.