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Build your business with Dental Sleep Medicine


I’m frequently contacted by people who have products and services of relevance to my clients. For over 20+ years I have maintained a policy that I do not accept introducers fees or commissions – I simply broadcast and comment on good ideas."

SnoringMatters.com aims to increase the awareness of the dangers of snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) as well as highlighting the important role that the trained GDP has in this area of medicine. We provide educational seminars and training for Dentists who are interested in offering an effective treatment for snoring patients within their practice.

An effective DSM service has the potential to change and improve the lives of snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) patients, as well as the lives of their families, whilst allowing the clinician to promote a thriving Dental Sleep Medicine (DSM) awareness practice.


Estimates vary but approximately 30% of adult patients are habitual snorers, with a significant percentage potentially suffering from the serious medical condition OSA which is commonly undiagnosed and untreated. This means that large numbers of untreated sufferers pass through your Dental Practice every day, many of whom would welcome effective treatment and most completely unaware that you can provide effective therapy.


This provides the DSM trained Dentist with the exciting opportunity to establish a stimulating, rewarding and beneficial service to their patients.


Course content


Our two-day seminars provide dentists with information on the pathophysiology of snoring and OSA, as well as OSA screening procedures, patient assessment and effective oral appliance therapy. The format of the seminars will be a mixture of didactic and practical ‘hands on’ teaching.


Techniques that enable a pre-treatment effectiveness assessment as well as making appliance therapy more efficient and less time consuming will also be discussed and demonstrated as well as the latest and most innovative oral appliance designs.


Our courses will focus on a range of topics designed to provide you with the necessary information and understanding to introduce an efficient DSM service into your practice in line with current medical and medico-legal guidelines and will be delivered by experienced DSM Dental clinicians and Medical Doctors. The content will be contemporary and provided by experienced practitioners active in this field.


‘Hands on’ workshops will allow delegates to practice pre-treatment patient assessment and mandibular registration techniques using acoustic rhinometry in addition to conventional “George Gauge” protrusive mandibular registrations.


The latest “conventionally laboratory fabricated” and CADCAM MRDs will be discussed.

An unbiased, non-commercial appliance evaluation will form an essential part of the process.


Entering the digital age. The Digital Workflow in Dental Sleep Medicine and how the busy GDP can develop and introduce a Digital DSM service into a busy general practice whilst harnessing the benefits of this technology will be demonstrated.


How Intra Oral Scanning and multiple bite capture features of ScanFlow software can be integrated into CAD CAM appliances prescription and manufacture.


Although ideally suited to General Dental Practitioners, the course would also benefit Orthodontists, Clinical Dental Technicians (CDTs) and Dental Hygienists, enabling them to also identify patients who may well benefit from these treatments.


Improving the health and well-being of patients, whilst also doing no harm, is the primary goal and challenge for all caring and dedicated dental professionals.


We have an amazing line up of speakers including Emeritus Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Oxford University, John Stradling MD, Dr Roy Dookun, Dr Ulrik Opsahl DDS and Dr Paul Reaney.

The training course meets the educational requirement set out by the GDC for verifiable CPD providing 12 hours verifiable CPD.


To find out more or register, please email steveb@s4g.uk.com or call Steven Blackhall on 07484771908.

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