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

The hidden link between OSA and your teeth

What you probably don't realise is that a trip to the dentist could be what you need. Aditi Desai has been a restorative dentist for more than 39 years and is the president of the British Society of Dental Sleep Medicine (BSDSM). Based in Harley Street and London Bridge Hospital, Dr Desai focuses the management of sleep disorders such as snoring and OSA.

"OSA is a serious condition that can get worse with age and weight gain," she says. "It has serious consequences if left untreated such as increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease,type 2 diabetes, memory loss, drop in libido and concentration as well as depression, to name a few. The condition predisposes the patient to inadequate quality and quantity of sleep with daytime symptoms of tiredness. There's an increased risk of road traffic accidents as the driver can fall asleep at the wheel or lose concentration."