Chapter 4 of 9

Good Guys Finish First

This chapter is about practicing safely and legally. It is UK specific.

I cover scenarios such as "My patient needs to stop snoring" and "I've received a referral (patient has OSA) - what do I do?".

The chapter continues with patient assessment, record-keeping and medico-legal requirements.

Chapter 4 Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the necessity for communication with the patient’s GP, referring Physician or ENT surgeon.
  • Understand best practice requirements and what is necessary to practice in a defensible way.
  • Understand what constitutes essential patient & clinical assessment. An appreciation of the assessment of excessive daytime sleepiness and the importance of taking a full and accurate medical and OSA history.
  • Understand the medico-legal requirements.
  • Understand that professional indemnity insurers have Position Statements re the role of dentists in the screening, recognition and management of SRBD.


Chapter 4 Educational Outcomes

On completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the essentials of good communication with the patient’s GP, referring Physician or ENT surgeon.
  • Recognise what best practice requirements are and comprehend what is necessary to practice in a defensible way.
  • Comprehend the importance of good record keeping.


The entire Academy has been peer-reviewed by Dr Shouresh Charkhandeh DDS. 

Last updated March 2018. Next review March 2020.

Course curriculum

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    Chapter 4 - Good Guys Finish First

Making Dental Sleep Medicine Easy and Accessible

"Good Guys Finish First" (Chapter 4)

Screen and Prescribe

KnowSleep™