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Fortitude Valley Dentist (John Flutter Dental) offers various courses and training options for Dental Professionals and their staff. Following are some descriptions to help determine what would best suit you and your team.

Professional Courses

Dr John Flutter hosts the following courses at Fortitude Valley Dentist each year:

  •  Dentistry & Sleep Related Breathing Disorders (SRBD) Course
  • Dual Arch Expansion with The Farrell Bent Wire System and Biobloc Stage 1
  • Postural Correction & Breathing Retraining

All courses include practical training sessions with patients to give Dentists and their staff hands-on experience.

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The practical training component is what really sets our courses apart from the rest and has always received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from participants. Each course is typically run twice per year, depending on demand.

Courses are held at our clinic (Fortitude Valley Dentist) or at a venue nearby depending on participant numbers. Please refer to the course flyer for more information and fees. Qualify for a 10% DISCOUNT when you book TWO courses with Fortitude Valley Dentist!

Click here to download the course flyer

Courses Schedule

Please note that all courses are initially TENTATIVE and will be confirmed with all registered participants eight weeks prior to course commencement or sooner if the minimum participant numbers are met. Payments will be processed when the course is confirmed or on receipt of registration if submitted after confirmation.

We cannot accept registrations that are submitted one week prior to course commencement as course preparations will have been finalised.

To download a registration form – click on the relevant course below.

Upcoming courses for 2019:

Course Schedule for 2019

All courses are run 9:00am – 5:00pm on the dates mentioned above. Courses are fully catered and include dinner on the Saturday night.

Dentistry & Sleep‐Related Breathing Disorders (SRBD) Course
(3 Days)

Pediatric Dentistry – Craniofacial Development – Patient Evaluation

Dentists have been trained to diagnose crooked teeth and imbalance of the jaws. We now understand that Sleep Breathing Disorders and TMJ dysfunction are associated with the same poor cranial growth patterns that results in crooked teeth. Sleep Disorder Breathing is a growing pediatric health problem throughout the developed world. It leads to poor health outcomes for teenagers and adults.

Dentists are being encouraged to help in the management of these conditions. Before you can treat these conditions, you have to be able to identify the problem. Evaluation is the starting point in the journey to master treatment!

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This three day course will focus on the MRC 10 point evaluation:

  • How to train Doctors and Educators to use the MRC evaluation App
  • How to train Doctors and Myobrace Educators
  • How to train Doctors and Myobrace Educators to work together

Quote from Pediatric MYOSA Protocols:

Prior to commencement of any Myobrace/MYOSA treatment, you must demonstrate competence in your ability to screen patients for any Myofunctional or airway issues in your practice. To do this you need a facility to deliver the programme and a system to deliver the programme. This programme will be of special benefit for those practices that are MRC Certified.

For the full course outine – download the course flyer for here.

Myobrace Therapy, Diagnosis & Treatment Planning Course (3 Days)

The Myobrace Therapy course allows Dentists and staff to acquire an understanding of the influence of the soft tissues and breathing on craniofacial development and the occlusion. Learn to perform soft tissue analysis, identify and treat poor oral habits and provide patient education. Review the necessary programmes in place to ensure patient compliance and successful treatment outcomes.

This course is ideally undertaken by a Dentist and their Assistant who will become a Myobrace Educator at the clinic. The Myobrace Educator will assist the Dentist during the orthodontic examinations as part of the practical training session. Dr John Flutter strongly encourages Dentists to bring an assistant along for the course.

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The course will include 2x two hour Practical training sessions with patients, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday. This will involve children that are current patients who volunteer to be a part of the training sessions. Each child receives a Gift Voucher in return for participating. For this course, we aim to select a group of newer patients in the programme.

Some components of the course will include but are not limited to the following:

– Identify poor oral habits and perform a soft tissue analysis

– Provide patient education and deliver initial consultations (practical training, best undertaken by your Assistant)

– Establish a consultation process (consult, examination/ records, case presentation)

– Discuss and diagnose various cases (you will also be able to bring your own cases along!)

– Conduct pre-orthodontic examinations on patients (practical training)

– Review and compare patient diagnosis to prepare treatment plans

Participants will be using a hardcopy Diagnosis Form for collecting the relevant information during the practical training examinations.

Each participant will receive an excel template version which has been designed for conducting examinations. The information collected from each field is automatically merged into a printable document that can be used in your own practice as an official diagnosis/ treatment plan.

Each Dentist will be entitled to submit 2x FREE cases after completion of the course for Case Mentoring advice with Dr John Flutter and Dr Asad Jamil.

This course is suitable for Dentists, Orthodontists, Oral Health Therapists, Hygienists, Assistants & other members of staff.

Please refer to the Course Schedule to download registration forms.

Dual Arch Expansion with The Farrell Bent Wire System & Biobloc Stage 1 (3 Days)

The DUAL Arch Expansion course combines one day of theory and wire bending techniques, followed by two full days of hands-on experience (with patients) fitting and adjusting Bent Wire System and Biobloc stage 1 appliances. You will have the opportunity to perform the adjustments and fittings yourself under the direct guidance of Dr John Flutter and Dr Asad Jamil.

On the first day we will practice various techniques for adjusting these appliances. There are several Biobloc stage 1 adjustments to make each month and we will practice them all. There will be a session on trouble shooting and appliance design. We will practice wire bending skills and construct Bent Wire System appliances on working models.

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The course will be for Dentists and Orthodontists only. Dental Assistants can attend for observation purposes only at a rate of $300 each. Assistants will have an overview of setting up, assisting for BB1/BWS as well as other procedures such as giving oral hygiene instruction for new appliance fittings and taking intra-oral photo records.

This is an essential skill for those dentists who want to go on to use Dr Mew’s stage 3 appliance or those who wish to use the Bent Wire System in conjunction with Myobrace Therapy.

Due to the hands-on nature of this course we can only accept six Dentists per course.

Each Dentist will be entitled to submit 2x FREE cases after completion of the course for Case Mentoring advice with Dr John Flutter and Dr Asad Jamil.

The Biobloc Stage 1

The Biobloc Stage 1 appliance was developed by Dr John Mew and has been used by Dr Flutter successfully for over 30 years. The Biobloc Stage 1 is used to increase the size of the upper arch to make room for the tongue in the minimum time, with minimum trauma.

The Biobloc Stage 1 uses Crozat cribs to hold the appliance in place. This special cribbing is needed to hold the plate in place 24 hours a day to allow for ‘semi-rapid’ expansion – this is approximately 1mm of arch expansion a week, a rate that will neither tip buccal teeth nor damage the midline suture.

Dr Flutter has been using these appliances for over 30 years with a great deal of success but they do require practice in adjusting the appliances in order to obtain the maximum benefit.

By the end of the course you will be able to design a Biobloc stage 1 appliance for primary, mixed and permanent dentition. You will be able to adjust the appliance throughout its use and be able to identify those cases that need this appliance. You will also be able to identify and rectify the occasional problems that arise.

Hands-on experience will be gained during our practical training sessions which involve adjusting appliances under the guidance of Dr John Flutter and Dr Asad Jamil.

The Farrell Bent Wire System

The Bent Wire System was developed by Dr Chris Farrell and is used to develop the size of the upper or lower arch without occupying tongue space in the palate. This allows the tongue to rest and function in the palate at the same time.

Dr John Flutter uses this appliance in the late mixed and early permanent dentition, in conjunction with the Myobrace to correct moderate malocclusions.

We will have a session on trouble shooting as well as appliance design. We will work on mastering wire bending skills before constructing Bent Wire System appliances on working models. This is a hands-on wire bending course and you will have the opportunity to see patients during the practical training sessions to fit/ adjust these appliances under the guidance of Dr John Flutter and Dr Asad Jamil.

The Postural Correction & Breathing Retraining Course (2 Days)

Dr John Flutter has been working with breathing correction for over 18 years and has developed a programme that can be delivered to children in groups to help them learn to breathe through the nose.

The purpose of the Postural Correction and Breathing Retraining course is to train the Dentist and staff to introduce and deliver this programme at their own practice. This is an essential skill for those dentists who want to help children establish nasal breathing in order to maintain stability after orthodontic treatment and Myobrace Therapy.

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The course theory combines physiology, biochemistry and the clinical application of the programme. Practical training involves working with groups of children to assess and monitor their breathing using a Capno Trainer (Biofeedback technology). You will teach the children various breathing exercises which will promote the optimal levels of CO2 in the blood, reset the breathing rate to the ideal range and help to re-establish nasal breathing.

This course will prepare your team to deliver the programme to patients. Much of the delivery can be done by a trained assistant so we highly recommend and encourage assistants to attend this course.

This course is hands-on. Once the techniques have been practiced with your team of staff you will be able to practice these new skills with children during the practical session.

Breathing Retraining offers a world of health benefits that go far beyond “straight teeth”.
This course will run once per year or when we have sufficient interest. Please complete the Expression of Interest form so that we can inform you as soon as new course dates have been set.

All courses are run 9:00am – 5:00pm on the dates mentioned above. Courses are fully catered and include dinner on the Saturday night.

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Fortitude Valley Dentist – (07) 3666 0726

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