Interdisciplinary Dental Symposium

Dr Dimitrios Jim Papadopoulos, Sleep Medicine Physician
MBBS(Hons) DipPaed FRACP

Dr Papadopoulos is one of Australia’s leading sleep medicine physicians and is widely known for his work with sleep studies in children, and in particular children with developmental delay and disability, AD/HD, orthodontic problems, gastro-intestinal issues and need for CPAP therapy.

Dr Papadopoulos was admitted to FRACP in General Paediatrics in 2002.

In 2003 he became the first prospectively accredited Level 2 Paediatric sleep physician in Australasia (highest possible level). He then established the Paediatric Sleep Unit at St George Private Hospital (2003).

This continues to be the only Private Hospital Paediatric Sleep Unit in NSW to offer ASA/NATA accredited Paediatric Sleep Laboratory services including diagnostic studies and CPAP. Our first-in-Sydney ASA / NATA accreditation for these services, including a commendation for our CPAP service, makes us unique amongst paediatric sleep laboratories in Sydney. 

Dr Papadopoulos also established Australia’s first multidisciplinary Sleep Clinic for developmentally delayed children (2003), the adolescent sleep unit at St George Hospital (2008) and the first paediatric sleep clinic within the Department of Orthodontics at Sydney Dental Hospital (2008). 

From May 2023 Dr Papadopoulos will also see patients and conduct paediatric sleep studies (age 0 to 18) at Seaforth Terrace Millers Point in the historic heart of the Sydney CBD, nestled between Barangaroo and the Rocks.  This Heritage Listed building of State significance has been meticulously restored and fitted out to provide a more home-like environment for children and families when they have their sleep studies, all without compromising on the health and safety requirements of a certified health facility (class 9a) building.

To summarise, Dr Papadopoulos is a conjoint lecturer at the University of New South Wales and at the University of Sydney, directs the Paediatric Sleep Disorders Unit at St George Private hospital and Seaforth Terrace Millers Point, is a staff specialist sleep paediatrician in the South East Sydney Local Health District and an Honorary sleep paediatrician at St George Public Hospital.


Snoring and sleep difficulties in children – not always OSA

Learning Objectives:

Disordered sleep is prevalent, affecting 30% of children.  In fact some subgroups of children  have an even higher chance of having sleep problems eg children with Developmental Delay/Disability (60%), Autistic Spectrum Disorder (80%) Down Syndrome (80% have OSA).  Disordered sleep affects mood, behaviour and cognition and has an adverse impact on the family.  Adverse intellectual impacts may be irreversible.  Snoring, even if non-vibratory (heavy breathing) can indicate the presence of underlying Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), Allergic Rhinitis, Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease and/or structural anomalies.

These are also important contributors to adverse dentofacial outcomes.  We all know that snoring even without OSA can have adverse neurocognitive and dentofacial consequences.  Around 10% of children snore, only 3% of children have OSA.   So only 1/3 of children who snore have OSA – What’s going on with the other 2/3?  We will try and explore snoring and sleep difficulties in children from a new perspective and establish a background knowledge base from which we can start to tackle real world clinical conundrums in paediatric sleep.


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