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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.

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About us

Meet the Board of BSDSM

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, 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 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.

  • Jill Adam

    Board member of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine (BSDSM).

  • Tim Quinnell
    Board Member

    Board member of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine (BSDSM). Consultant Respiratory and Sleep Disorders Physician

  • Ama Johal
    Board Member

    Consultant Orthodontist & Academic Lead at Bart's and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

  • Dr Iain Ormiston
    Board Member

    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

    Board Member


  • DR Jack Bowker
    Board Member

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Latest events


  • Annual Members’ Day 24th September 2016
    11th July, 2016

    Attendance to this meeting is free for members, non-members may also attend for a course fee. This

  • Introduction to Dental Sleep Medicine 23rd September 2016
    11th July, 2016

    For the first time ever, The BSDSM is introducing Temporomandibular JointDysfunction and Craniofacial

  • I Want dental sleep medicine to be taken seriously
    27th May, 2016

    Dr Aditi Desai interview for the British Dental Journal by Kate Quinlan. Dr Aditi Desai is

  • Dr Aditi Desai lecturing at the ISMC in Cardiff 6th-9th June 2016
    11th May, 2016

    INTERNATIONAL SLEEP MEDICINE COURSE ISMC 2016 provides comprehensive  training in all

  • Dr Desai lectures at OTA Conference
    18th March, 2016

    Dr Desai, President of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine is to present a lecture "

  • Integrating dental sleep medicine in general dental practice - The Probe
    15th February, 2016

    Our President Dr Aditi Desai, published "Integrating dental sleep medicine in general dental practice"

  • Integrating DSM into your Practice
    9th February, 2016

    Dental Sleep Medicine (DSM) is a fascinating and fulfilling addition to the practice of dentistry.

  • Dr Desai - How to introduce dental sleep medicine in your practice
    5th February, 2016

    Dr Desai, President of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine, explains how to integrate a fascinating

  • Making the case for oral appliances
    14th October, 2015

    Dr Desai, President Elect of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine has appeared in two news


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