Can't sleep? Why your dentist might be able to help

OSA treatments

The 'gold standard' treatment for OSA is continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP) - but this is for patients with moderate to severe OSA.

For those with mild to moderate OSA, a custom-made oral device may be the answer. Dr Desai added: "When there's a high level of non-compliance or intolerance to the CPAP mask, patients are offered oral devices. These devices have become very sophisticated in their manufacture and are becoming very successful as an alternative treatment option."

And why is all this important? Research conducted by the British Lung Foundation has revealed that investing more in awareness, diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) could save the NHS up to £28 million and prevent up to 40,000 road traffic accidents a year.

With the risks involved if the condition remains undiagnosed, don't shake off your tiredness. Get it checked out. A dentist who is appropriately trained to provide such treatment could help you take the first step to getting a good night's sleep and improve your quality of life and that of your bed partner.

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