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Clin A/Prof Adrian Yap

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  • Head & Senior Consultant, Dentistry, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
  • ​ Clinical/Adjunct Associate Professor
BDS (S’pore), MSc (Conservative Dentistry), PhD (S'pore), Grad Dip (Psychotherapy), FAMS (Prosthodontics)
Special Interests:
Dental Sleep Medicine, Prosthodontics, Temporomandibular Disorders


A/Prof Adrian Yap is Head, Dentistry and a Senior Consultant Prosthodontist at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. He is concurrently a Clinical/Adjunct Associate Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore as well as Duke-NUS Medical School. Additionally, A/P Yap is also appointed Adjunct/Honorary Professor and Guest Academic in several top dental schools including the University of Hong Kong, Peking University, University of Malaya, as well as Trisakti University. A/Prof Yap graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the National University of Singapore in 1991, where he received various awards including the FAC Ohlers Gold Medal for Best Clinical Student and the Terrell Silver Medal for distinction in prosthodontics. He went on to pursue his postgraduate studies and graduated from the Institute of Dental Surgery, University of London with a Masters in Conservative Dentistry in 1993. Here, he was conferred the prestigious 3M Dental Postgraduate Prize for the Best Clinical and Academic Student. He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy from the National University of Singapore in 2001. In 2004, he obtained his Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy from the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore. On top of his academic honours, A/Prof Yap has also received numerous clinical/service excellence, teaching and research awards in the course of his career including the NUHS-Mochtar Riady Pinnacle (Master Clinician) Award.

A/Prof Yap specialises in temporomandibular disorders and dental sleep medicine. The former involves treatment of unexplained headaches, earaches, facial and jaw pain/disabilities, while the latter includes dental management of sleep bruxism (teeth clenching/grinding), snoring and sleep apnea. He has been invited to lecture and conduct courses in these areas both regionally and internationally. A/Prof Yap’s research interests include biopsychosocial risk factors in temporomandibular disorders and the development/characterisation of novel biomaterials. He has authored more than 230 refereed international journal articles (Scopus H-index of 44), 700 conference/seminar papers, several book chapters, and patents. He serves on the editorial boards of quite a number of international publications, including The Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, Journal of Craniomandibular and Sleep Practice, Operative Dentistry, Journal of Adhesive Dentistry and Current Nanoscience.