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In the Chair with Dr Alan Lim

Our rockstar lead dentist from Maven Dental QV1 jumped 'In the Chair' this week. Dr Alan Lim is one of the leading minds in sleep dentistry and we were lucky enough to catch up with him about his research and 30+ year career in the industry. 

Dr Alan Lim - Maven Dental QV1

You’ve been in the industry for over 30 years now, what have you seen change and has anything stayed the same?

The understanding and the appreciation of the relationship of teeth, jaws and the rest of the body has been the biggest change. For example an underdeveloped Upper Jaw in teenage years can result in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea as an adult which could cause serious health issues.

What that has remained the same and paramount is the need to listen to and understand our patients.

You’re currently located in Perth’s CBD at Maven Dental QV1, but you’ve practiced all around the state. Where have you been and what’s been your favourite?

I do recall in my early years flying weekly in a four man Cessna from Karratha to Wickham to pick up a doctor on the way to Pannawonica township come rain or cyclone. I have also treated patients at a fancy facility in the show biz capital of Las Vegas.

Is there a moment in your career that stands out?

The times that stand out most are when sad, tired, or sick people transform into delightful, energetic, beautiful people after sharing their trust in us.

As one of leading minds in Sleep Dentistry, tell us about your research and what you are trying to achieve?

Current treatment methods are relatively simple in principle and haven’t changed for the past 20 years, however with the advent of the Oventus appliance, a larger proportion of patients that are intolerant of the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) can be treated with bypass therapy. Secondly proper diagnosing and encouraging optimal Jaw growth and development from child hood to adult hood can prevent and treat Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and snoring.

Even as an experienced dentist, how important is continued learning in the industry?

Learning never stops as knowledge increases exponentially. I like to ride the crest of the knowledge wave rather than paddle in shallows of University school teaching.

If you could only give your patients one piece of advice, what would it be?

The health of your teeth and jaws impacts on your whole wellbeing, look after yourself.

We have heard that you are a pretty handy musician in your spare time, what do you play?

My grandfather taught me how to play the guitar and flute after my father failed at teaching me the violin (he was headed to becoming a concert violinist in Hollande before he gave up his night job to focus on his day job as a Specialist Chest Physician).

During my UWA Dental school days I was the lead guitar player of the Inaugural WA Youth Jazz Orchestra and played in most of the stages of Perth. I have played semi-professionally in various Jazz bands around Perth and Karratha where I worked as a dentist.

Because I wanted a musical challenge, I took up (what I know is a difficult instrument) the double bass or string bass because of its size. It's taller than me and requires the svelte technique of a fiddler. I picked out a bass from the Black Forrest region of Germanic states and started plucking . After several years and lessons by teachers at the Jazz conservatorium I started playing in amateur and semi professional jazz and swing groups.

These days I have great musical moments playing a mixture of gospel, rock, jazz and country music weekly at the Revival Fellowship church on my Fender Telecaster.

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