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Professional education with 1-2-1 mentoring about prescription anti-snoring devices (mandibular repositioning devices) with business development built in

We’re independent of any sleep business and do NOT make anti-snoring devices.

In the video snippet below, Adrian explains how anti snoring devices work:

In just 7 hours from now you could be safely prescribing anti-snoring devices. You would know how to screen and recognise OSA symptoms, and you would know when an oral appliance is (and is not) appropriate.

Oral appliances are recommended by NICE as first-line therapy for snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).1

As a dentist, considering prescribing an oral appliance (mandibular advancement device) for snoring, it is imperative that you are able to differentiate between simple, benign snoring and snoring as a symptom of OSA (first-line therapy for OSA is not an oral appliance).

This course is intended to keep you within the bounds of your professional indemnity insurance, by teaching you how to screen and recognise OSA symptoms (amongst other things!).

You can begin straight away in our online school and later opt for mentoring (phone and/or in your practice) as you wish.’s dental education or ‘Continuing Professional Development (CPD)’ has been lovingly created by our highly skilled and experienced dental trainer: Adrian Zacher has 25 years of experience in dental sleep medicine.

Our user-friendly online platform is easy to navigate and offers paper course certification. For each course you will have access to the information modules in the form of videos, PDF downloads and a set of multiple choice questions. All online CPD courses provide you with 7 hours of enhanced GDC verifiable CPD.

We believe dentists have a vital role to play, as part of the sleep-patient care team, recognising sleep apnoea symptoms and managing snoring patients. 

Our on-line and on-demand CPD courses have been developed from face-2-face CPD courses delivered by Adrian at Section 63 and British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine – BSDSM courses, across the UK since 1996.

Hundreds of dentists have learnt how and when to safely provide anti-snoring devices. Now you can too. At a time and place of YOUR choosing, because on-demand e-learning provides updated, peer-reviewed CPD that fits around YOU and your commitments.

I enjoyed all sections and liked the fact I could complete it at my own pace (fitting it around work and home commitments).

Mary Dentist UK Complete November 25, 2019

I’d highly recommend Adrian Zacher and the course. His course is efficient and very clear. As a dentist, I have many patients and a surprisingly high demand for treatment of snoring. It was very useful for me to begin sharing information on snoring, and to gain confidence in starting treatment.

Dr. Roshik Patel BDS Dentist September 25, 2018

Adrian Zacher MBA

Adrian Zacher MBA

Author, Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Care Navigator

I teach healthcare professionals how to help their patients stop snoring; sleep and breathe at the same time.

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“What exactly is online dental CPD?”

Online dental CPD is professional development education (e-learning) designed for dentists to study on-demand at a time, rate and place of their own choosing.


UK specific KnowSleep Academy™ online CPD

Do the UK specific KnowSleep Academy™ online CPD course for UK dentists to learn:

  • How to screen patients and identify those who are safe to treat without a prior medical diagnosis2
  • Recognise those who need further investigation

By learning How and When to provide this increasingly popular therapy, you become eligible for UK professional indemnity insurance cover from both the DDU3 and DPL4, because the KnowSleep Academy™ (UK) curriculum has been created in-line with the Association of Respiratory Technology and Physiology’s (ARTP UK) Standards of Care document for Mandibular Repositioning Devices5 ↗ content requirements.

Ongoing support for dental professionals

All courses gain enhanced CPD and enjoy ongoing support in a private FaceBook group ↗ and we periodically schedule webinars with interactive FAQs. Now with business development and 1-2-1 mentoring by phone or IN-YOUR-PRACTICE.

Enhanced CPD for dental professionals

The complete KnowSleep Academy™ e-learning (UK course) meets the criteria set by the GDC for 7 hours of Enhanced and Verifiable CPD (eCPD). See our quality control procedures.

All dentist registrants with a GDC number, who complete the course, will receive a paper course certificate stating the course aims, objectives and hours studied.

Independent, evidence-based dental professional content

The KnowSleep Academy™ (as are our Information Guides) has been created in line with the now defunct requirements of the NHS England’s Information Standard. Meaning the content is evidence-based, peer-reviewed and independent of manufacturer claims. (We’re independent of any sleep business).

We have no bias towards our own mandibular advancement device [Because we don’t make them!]

Money-Back Guarantee

We’re confident you’ll be delighted with the KnowSleep Academy™, so we offer a “30-Day Money-Back Guarantee” to ensure your satisfaction. If for any reason you wish to discontinue using the KnowSleep Academy™, we will promptly issue a refund. Simply contact Adrian [email protected] about our 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee.

Free dental CPD 

Give the KnowSleep Academy™ a try. The first two chapters are free.

Please note we provide CPD credit for dentists who have completed entire courses.

Receive signposted snoring patients

Once sleep-trained you may list (for free – value £199 p/a) in our patient signposting tool. Enhanced and Premium packages highlight and promote your signposting listing.

See our abstract in the BMJ about saving General Medical Practitioners’ time.7

“Ever been excited after a training course yet ultimately it goes nowhere?”

We know that one!

So, to help keep you accountable to yourself, we offer 1-2-1 mentoring for 12 months post training, while our patient signposting tool takes care of marketing you to prospects.

“… I’ve attended manufacturer courses but I didn’t feel confident I knew enough about the range of options… and I really like the idea of Adrian keeping me accountable so my investment makes sense.”

Female GDP

Associate Dentist, Sept 2019
Rated 5/5 based on 5 customer reviews

Good to know: is independent. We don’t sell anti-snoring devices, chin straps or whatever! And we don’t benefit from affiliate deals.

KnowSleep Academy™ online and on-demand CPD course
(e-learning) outlines:

KnowSleep Academy™ (UK) complete

You will learn how to:

  • Screen for sleep apnoea
  • Help snorers without waiting for a medical referral
  • Get the protrusive ‘bite’ right
  • Select the indicated custom oral appliance
  • Build your sleep business
  • Become an expert in a new and developing field
  • Build a network of referral sources

KnowSleep Academy™ (non UK) complete

You will learn how to:

  • Help snorers
  • Get the ‘bite’ right
  • Select the indicated custom oral appliance
  • Build your sleep business
  • Become an expert
  • Build a network of referral sources
  • And much more!

Course tutor and presenter

The images above are of Adrian teaching a group of dentists at a Cephtactics event in London 18th Nov 19.

Adrian Zacher MBA is not a dentist in competition with you.

He is:

Adrian founded and ran Zacher Sleep Appliances (for 11 years) and pioneered oral appliance therapy when the concept was in its infancy. He personally made virtually every type of custom anti-snoring device available today.

Adrian co-founded the BSDSM with Dr Roy Dookun BDS. Then for over a decade, they taught hundreds of dentists across the UK, how and when to safely provide anti-snoring devices. 

As with all the other information he provides, Adrian’s opinions are formed from decades of experience, actually working with a vast number of anti-snoring devices.

More about Adrian.

What are the videos like?

Here’s an example:

Its a technical and non-clinical demo about using the George Gauge™ (TradeMark Great Lakes Orthodontics).



Easy to use resources – whether you prefer written words, on-demand video or live webinars with Q&As, useful content has been created to suit you.

The KnowSleep Academy™ online CPD snoring course for dentists is on-demand and fully supported.


Whether you want to check something whilst you’re in clinic, or during your lunch break, or if you have time in the evening or over the weekend, you can dip into 25 years knowledge whenever convenient.

We’re here to help.


Enhanced, Verifiable CPD in line with B, C and D Development Outcomes (as defined by the GDC)

With evidence-based course content and resources created by the founder and other industry leaders, you can be sure you’ll take something away to implement immediately.


We’re not tied to any MAD manufacturer or therapy provider, so what you learn is completely impartial.

Having a broad knowledge means that you’ll be well placed to prescribe the device that suits your patient best.

Online dental CPD – Peer reviewer

This is a very simple, yet effective tool to learn about Dental Sleep Medicine. The online nature of the program allows you to learn at your own pace and schedule.

Also, the information provided will be a great starting point for any dentist who’s interested in learning about Dental Sleep Medicine.

In summary; a well-organized, thorough online learning tool!!

Dr Shouresh Charkhandeh DDS

Recipient of the “2012 & 2015 Clinical Research Award” and “2015 Clinical Excellence Award” from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM).

What we do to help, educate and inform

Adrian is the principal tutor for the KnowSleep Academy™. As part of our drive for patients and partners to know sleep he co-authors (with amongst others 3 Professors) 5 free Information Guides. These are also produced in line with the now defunct Principles and Requirements of UK England’s NHS Information Standard ↗.

The Information Standard was a certification programme for all organisations producing evidence-based health and care information for the public. Any organisation achieving The Information Standard had undergone a rigorous assessment to check that the information they produce is clear, accurate, balanced, evidence-based and up-to-date.

snoring and sleep apnoea education Signposting™ Directing snorers to the most appropriate professional

Adrian launched Signposting™ in March 2019. This CE marked clinical decision support system directs snorers and those with sleep apnoea symptoms to the most appropriate professional.

In essence – benign snorers to dentists for an anti-snoring device and those with sleep apnoea symptoms or co-morbidities to their GP.

If you are a dentist prescribing anti-snoring devices and would like to be listed on Signposting you can sign-up (free) for a basic listing here.

We presented a preliminary research poster at the British Sleep Society meeting in 2019 and the poster was included in the BMJ Open Research Journal.7


KnowSleep Academy™ user reviews


Convenient, well designed course with great support

I've no hesitation in recommending the KnowSleep™ Academy - convenient, well designed course with great support from Adrian. Interesting to expand my knowledge into a new area of dentistry and be able to offer a new health treatment for my patients. Continue Reading

Lucy S Dentist

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Adrian writes the blog, where he examines common (and sometimes misguided) approaches to manage snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea / apnea (OSA).

Here’s a selection of snoring and sleep apnoea / apnea ‘treatment’ related posts, we believe you will find interesting:

Evidence-based patient information Guides

Grab our free Patient Information Guide about Mandibular Advancement Devices:

Adrian co-authored the Information Guide with Dr Roy Dookun BDS (former BSDSM President) and it is peer-reviewed by Dr Shouresh Charkhandeh DDS.

There are two basic groups of mouthpieces that may help with snoring by holding your jaw forwards.


The first group you can buy in shops and online, they are the so called “one-size-fits-all” type also variously known as non-custom, ‘self-fit’, ‘boil and bite’ anti-snoring mouthpieces.


The second group of mouthpieces or mandibular advancement splint is custom-made exclusively for you by a dentist with a special interest in sleep apnoea / apnea.


  1. NICE CKS OSA Guidelines!scenarioClarification:1  external_link3  [accessed 25th Nov 2019]
  2. Stradling,J, Dookun,R “Snoring and the role of the GDP: British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine (BSDSM) pre-treatment screening protocol”, British Dental Journal 206, 307 – 312 (2009) Published online: 28 March 2009 | doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.2009.214. external_link3  [accessed 04 July 2016]
  3. Dental Defence Union Position Statement, Snoring treatment, external_link3 [accessed 15th June 2018]
  4. Dental Protection Ltd, Position Statement, Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome (OSA), external_link3 [accessed 15th June 2018]
  5. ARTP Standards of Care for Mandibular Repositioning Devices. external_link3 [accessed 04 July 2016]
  6. Sleep-disordered Breathing, Adrian Zacher & Michael McDevitt, Carranza’s Clinical Periodontology – E-Book: Expert Consult: Online, Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017. Accessible here:  external_link3  [accessed 15th June 2018]
  7. Signposting for snoring: does it optimise use of GP time? Online surveys of patients and sleep-trained dentists ↗ [accessed 25th Nov 2019]

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