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Snoring info for patients

As a snorer, you may for the most part be blissfully unaware of the problem you cause those trying to sleep near you. If, however, your bed partner’s sleep is disturbed on a regular basis and you find yourself sleeping downstairs or in the spare room, there are options.

Once you are sure you want to address your snoring problem, read this information page and click on the Dentist Search link to find a British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine (BSDSM) dentist, who can help determine the most appropriate treatment for you. Snoring is a major symptom of a serious medical condition called ‘obstructive sleep apnoea’ (OSA), so careful screening to preclude the presence of this condition will be carried out prior to any treatment being started.

Whilst not all snorers have OSA, virtually all those with apnoea snore!

Snoring Treatment Options

During sleep, the pharyngeal airway (throat) narrows, due to a reduction in muscle tone. Snoring is simply a vibratory noise generated by the back of the relaxed tongue, pharynx and soft palate.

Is treatment really necessary?

‘Benign’ snoring can be far from benign. The social consequences can be extremely distressing: banishment from the bedroom, marital disharmony, no holidays because of enforced sleep disruption when sharing a hotel room, fear of travelling – falling asleep during long journeys on public transport and the consequent ridicule and embarrassment.

Is the problem only severe snoring?

Obstructive sleep apnoea, resulting in serious sleep disruption, can produce greatly impaired performance at work, at home, and on the road. Car accidents are statistically much more common in this group.


Meet The Team

The British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine is a Professional organisation for members of the dental team interested in helping patients overcome snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea. We advocate medical diagnosis and the provision of the most appropriate therapy.

Benefits of membership are a listing in the 'find a dentist' section of the BSDSM website, access to documentation for use in practice found on the members section of the website, online access to the journal 'Sleep and Breathing' published by Springer, affliate membership of the European Academy of Dental Sleep medicine, reduced course fees for future BSDSM and EADSM courses, and of course a support network of colleagues. If you have have completed a BSDSM Introductory Course you will be flagged as a trained member on the website.

  • Dr Roy Dookun
    President and Co-Founder

    Dr Dookun holds Expert Level European Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine accreditation. He is an experienced Dental Sleep Medicine practitioner training dentists throughout Europe. Dr Dookun works within a consultant team comprising ENT surgeons and Respiratory Physicians in Guernsey and Wimpole St, London.

  • Adrian Zacher
    Non Exec Director and Co-Founder

    Adrian Zacher is a non-exec director and co-founder of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine. In a past life, he ran Zacher Sleep Appliances (ZSA Ltd.) specialising exclusively in the manufacture of custom oral appliances for sleep related breathing disorders.

  • Dr Aditi Desai

    Dr Desai limits her practice predominantly to the management of sleep disorders. Based in Harley Street and London Bridge Hospital, she works with other eminent physicians and ENT consultants as part of a multidisciplinary team of like-minded professionals with special interest in Sleep Medicine.

  • Iain Ormiston

    Mr Iain Ormiston is a Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Cleft Surgeon having trained in Dentistry, Medicine, and Surgery and holds the following qualifications: BDS LRCP MRCS FDSRCS FRCS FHKAM FCSHK.

  • Dr Louise Lunness-Barnes
    Membership & Treasurer

  • Dr Jill Nightingale
    Commercial Liaison


  • Dr Alison Grove

    Alison is a Board member and Secretary of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine and provides oral appliances for the treatment of simple snoring and mild sleep apnoea including patients referred by respiratory medicine and ENT consultants.

  • Dr Caroline Oleszkiewicz


  • Dr Jack Bowker

    Board member of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine (BSDSM)-Is the only independent non-commercial dental body offering advice and courses in dental sleep medicine.


Latest News

  • International Conference: Clinical Update Sleep 2016
    21st September, 2015

  • SAAD 2015 Program
    4th September, 2015

    Dr Aditi Desai, President Elect of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine is to speak on 'Sedation

  • Dr Aditi Desai's Sleep Medicine Articles - SRBD
    3rd September, 2015

    Dr Aditi Desai, President Elect of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine continues her series

  • Dr Aditi Desai explains how to introduce a dental sleep medicine service
    7th July, 2015

    Dr Aditi Desai continues her series of articles with the latest here for download, courtesy of 'The

  • Updated NICE Guidelines for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome (OSAS)
    19th May, 2015

    Dr Aditi Desai, President Elect of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine, today commented 'The

  • Dr Aditi Desai's Sleep Medicine Articles - The Technologist
    15th May, 2015

    Dr Aditi Desai has published a fascinating and very readable two-part article in The Technologist


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