Dentists: Help People Stop Snoring!
My intention with Snorer.training is to help you, the general dental practitioner, know how and most importantly WHEN to help patients.
The course costs £99 and will take perhaps 6-7 hours.
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On-demand eCPD for the UK dentist
This on-demand, video course provides you with Dental Sleep Medicine training and business development.
It’s for dentists wishing to further their knowledge and understanding about treating patients who snore and/or may have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).
This UK specific course offers you:
- Knowledge of how to screen patients for OSA (all important)
- Ongoing membership of our private FaceBook support group (with community pharmacists who may refer patients to you)
- Listing on the Snorer Pharmacy® database for community pharmacists to find you
Why do this course?
There is little, if any, evidence to support OTC ‘snoring’ products place on the market. But within the context of concurrent cardiovascular, obesity and T2DM epidemics, it might perhaps be forgivable to consider ‘snoring’, an irrelevance.
However, when you appreciate that metabolic syndrome is exacerbated by obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)1 – a symptom of which is snoring, you may wish to reconsider.
Indeed, snoring without OSA is far from benign.
The social consequences alone:
- Sleeping apart
- Relationship disharmony
- No holidays because of enforced sleep disruption when sharing a hotel room
- Fear of travelling due to concern over falling asleep during long journeys on public transport and the consequent ridicule and embarrassment
mean snorers deserve valid help.
Which is where YOU come in!
The on-demand training course consists of 9 chapters. Each made up of multiple short (typically 3-5 minute videos). Sign up and start immediately.
The peer-reviewed curriculum has been created in line with the content requirements set out in the Association of Respiratory Technology and Physiology’s Standard of Care document for Mandibular Repositioning Devices* and created in line with the requirements of the NHS Information Standard.
As such, you’ll become eligible for insurance cover from the DDU and DPL.
You will learn How to screen patients and identify those who are safe to treat without a prior medical diagnosis and recognise those who need further investigation.You are empowered to act in the U.K. This is a unique situation in the World.
Upon completion, all students with a GDC number, will be posted a paper Course Certificate, stating the Course Objectives and Enhanced, Verifiable CPD credit earned (7 hours).
We’re not a manufacturer of anti-snoring devices. So, you’ll get the full picture… we discuss the pros and cons of all categories of mandibular repositioning device (and you’ll learn what these categories are!).
Learn from Adrian how to:
- Screen for sleep apnoea
- Help snorers without waiting for a medical referral
- Get the protrusive ‘bite’ right
- Select the most appropriate custom oral appliance
- Build your sleep business
- Become an expert in a new and developing field
- Build a network of referral sources
- And much more!
The complete Snorer.training course meets the criteria set by the GDC for 7 hours of enhanced, verifiable CPD.
We’re confident you’ll be delighted with the course, so we offer a “30-Day Money-Back Guarantee” to ensure your satisfaction. If for any reason you wish to discontinue, we will promptly issue a refund.
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Snorer.training has been peer-reviewed by Dr Shouresh Charkhandeh DDS.
Last updated 24th March 2023. Next review March 2025.
On-demand, Enhanced CPD for the UK dentist
- Learn How to screen for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
- Know When to prescribe an anti-snoring device or refer for further investigation
- Learn How to stay within the bounds of your professional indemnity insurance (DDU & DPL)
- Have snorers find you with a basic listing on Snorer.me Signposting™
- Ongoing support from your instructor and peers in our private FaceBook group
Meet your instructor
Sleep patient advocate/champion
Hello! I train healthcare professionals how to help their patients stop snoring; sleep and breathe at the same time. Many of my customers find their work so rewarding they limit their practice to it.
I began in the sleep business in 1994, yet I’m NOT a pharmacist, dentist nor a doctor. I am however, an instructor, inventor, author, market access business consultant, car enthusiast, amateur cook and proud Dad to 2 fab kids. Someone who gives a damn.
I used to make oral appliances for diagnosed sleep apnoea patients when I set up Zacher Sleep Appliances in the 1990s. Followed by a few years in the corporate world (quite enough).
Today, I am CEO of the British Society of Pharmacy Sleep Services (a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation) and a TaskForce member of an independent advisory group to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Sleep.
There’s even more about me here and you can find me on LinkedIn.
- Chapter 1 – Basic Training
- Chapter 2 – Don’t Fix their Snoring!
- Chapter 3 – There is no ‘I’ in Team
- Chapter 4 – Good Guys Finish First
- Chapter 5 – Snorers Need Love Too
- Chapter 6 – Hit and Miss
- Chapter 7 – Lost in the Dark?
- Chapter 8 – Things that go ‘Bump’ in the night
- Chapter 9 – You’re Special
- Final Assessment and Statutory Declaration
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On-demand, Professional CPD specifically for the UK dentist
The Snorer.training course provides enhanced CPD for general dentists and support staff wishing to further their knowledge and understanding about managing patients who snore and/or may have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).
Complete course (9 chapters) Aims, Learning Objectives, Educational Outcomes for Verifiable CPD
- To enlighten GDPs about sleep related breathing disorders and the vital role they may play enhancing the lives of their patients’ sleep and breathing.
- To educate General Dental Practitioners (GDPs) to safely provide anti-snoring devices.
- To empower GDPs to act upon the education they have undertaken.
This online program (Academy) is divided into 9 individual chapters, each with a short assessment and explanation. The final examination has a minimum pass mark (80%) to satisfy verifiable CPD requirements and ensure GDPs are educated sleep professionals.
The specific learning objectives are:
- Understand the relationship between snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and identify the signs and symptoms.
- Understand how to screen, assess, treat and monitor snoring patients.
- Understand the role of the dentist concerning sleep related breathing disorders (SRBD).
- Understand the basic indications/contraindications for mandibular repositioning devices (MRDs).
- Understand how to record a protrusive bite registration.
- Understand the dentist’s “Duty of Care” for MRD users. Understand MRD titration protocols for snoring and OSA.
*ARTP Standards of Care document accessible from this page: http://www.artp.org.uk/en/sleep/sleep-standards/sleep-documents.cfm/sleep-standards-iods [opens in a new tab].
With an estimated 40% of the UK population reporting regular snoring3 this is a sizeable problem.
Snoring is commonly trivialised and sales of OTC snore ‘cures’ that encourage the unwary to self-diagnose and self-treat (in order to profit from their misery) commonplace.
Yet the snorer with untreated sleep apnoea can expect to:
Die 20 up to years sooner4Finn L, Young T. Sleep Disordered Breathing and Mortality: Eighteen-Year Follow-up of the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort. Year Pulm Dis. 2009;2009:291-292. doi:10.1016/s8756-3452(08)791813
than the average lifespan, independent of age, sex and BMI, which is disappointing when diagnosis and treatment is available from the NHS, that could significantly extend their healthy life.
Sleep apnoea is more common than you may think, perhaps as many as one in ten middle-aged men have it.6 Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome (OSAS) patients who receive treatment will be more productive, more motivated and live longer, healthier lives.
Our Unique Offering:
Consists of three integrated elements
to direct primary snorers to sleep-trained dentists
Snorer.com ranks on Google’s first page for commonly searched for snoring keywords and phrases.
We direct snorers and their long-suffering partners to consult a pharmacist (or GP).
We train pharmacists (and their teams) to direct primary snorers to sleep-trained dentists.
Our turn-key online service for Community Pharmacists helps pharmacists signpost snorers appropriately.
Our proprietary Snorer.me Signposting™ software is a UKCA marked Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS) utilising industry recognised pre-treatment screening tools.
We have no vested interest in the outcome of signposting.
Our inexpensive snoring course for UK dentists is divided into chapters, each with a short assessment.
The final examination has a minimum pass mark of 80% to satisfy planned learning CPD requirements and to ensure dentists are educated sleep professionals.
We do NOT make/sell treatment devices.
Adrian Zacher established Snorer.com after 18 years in the sleep industry, variously working in oral surgery, manufacturing custom-made mandibular repositioning devices, and then working for ResMed.
With Snorer.com Adrian was initially satisfied to just disrupt the pseudo-scientific marketing, commonly used to exploit naive snorers and their long-suffering partners.
This grew into creation of the Snorer Pharmacy® signposting software and comprehension that pharmacists are the appropriate professional to deliver it.
Snorer.com is proudly independent of any sleep business and NOT part of an affiliate scheme.
What’s all this about Pharmacists?
Pharmacists signpost snorers to dentists.
An abundance of Over-The-Counter (OTC) products for snoring exist.
However, they generally have little, if any, objective evidence of effect.
We created our signposting tool (CDSS) to develop the primary care network, and connect snorers to pharmacists – and on to sleep-trained dentists, so they may accelerate sufferers to valid, evidence-based and effective treatment.
In our Snorer.com blog, we independently review ‘cures’ for snoring and sleep apnoea.
Signposting ‘snorers’ to appropriate care pathways is a key role for the pharmacist 7.
Current NICE Guidelines7 state that mandibular advancement devices (custom-made, prescription ‘mouthguards’) are first-line therapy for snoring and mild OSA, when the snorer is not drowsy during their normal awake time (hypersomnolent) and has no relevant comorbidities.
Such patients should be directed to a sleep-trained dentist, for the dentist to determine the patient’s suitability for a custom-made, prescription mandibular advancement device.
Our work with pharmacists directs primary snorers to you.
Particularly useful when a GP referral would be unlikely to result in a secondary care referral and serve only to:
Unnecessarily consume GP clinical time
Waste the snorer’s time
And in the worse case scenario, unnecessarily consume diagnostic capacity in secondary care
Why Work With Us?
- IDF. Consensus Statements. Int Diabetes Fed. 2008;51(5):i-ii. oi:10.1159/000480305 ↗ Accessed January 14, 2020.
- Snoring and the evidence behind the various treatments available Pharmaceutical Journal, Feb 2010 ↗ Accessed 15th Oct 2020.
- Ohayon MM, Guilleminault C, Priest RG, Caulet M. Snoring and breathing pauses during sleep: Telephone interview survey of a United Kingdom population sample. Br Med J. 1997;314(7084):860-863. doi:10.1136/bmj.314.7084.860 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9093095/ ↗ Accessed January 14, 2020.
- Finn L, Young T. Sleep Disordered Breathing and Mortality: Eighteen-Year Follow-up of the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort. Year Pulm Dis. 2009;2009:291-292. doi:10.1016/s8756-3452(08)79181-3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2542952/ ↗ Accessed January 14, 2020.
- Pharmacy in England: Building on Strengths – Delivering the Future – Great Britain. Department of Health – Google Books. ↗ Accessed January 14, 2020.
- OSA estimates for the UK (2019) https://osapartnershipgroup.co.uk/clinicians/osa-partnership-group-clinicians-osa-estimates-for-the-uk ↗ Accessed 12th March, 2021.
- NICE CKS. Obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome. Clinical knowledge summaries. https://cks.nice.org.uk/obstructive-sleep-apnoea-syndrome ↗ Accessed 30th June 2020.
- Cawley MJ, Warning WJ. A systematic review of pharmacists performing obstructive sleep apnea screening services. Int J Clin Pharm. 2016;38(4):752-760. doi:10.1007/s11096-016-0319-0 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11096-016-0319-0?shared-article-renderer ↗. Accessed January 13, 2020.
- Fuller JM, Wong KK, Grunstein R, Krass I, Patel J, Saini B. A Comparison of Screening Methods for Sleep Disorders in Australian Community Pharmacies: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Baradaran HR, ed. PLoS One. 2014;9(6):e101003. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0101003 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24978952/ ↗ Accessed 30th June 2020.
- Summary Care Record (SCR) in community pharmacy – NHS Digital. https://digital.nhs.uk/services/summary-care-records-scr/summary-care-record-scr-in-community-pharmacy ↗. Accessed January 13, 2020.
- Zacher A, Easton E. P076 Signposting for snoring: does it optimise use of GP time? Online surveys of patients and sleep-trained dentists. BMJ Open Respir Res. 2019;6(Suppl 1):A47-A48. doi:10.1136/bmjresp-2019-bssconf.76 https://bmjopenrespres.bmj.com/content/6/Suppl_1/A47.2 ↗ Accessed 30th June 2020.
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