Sleep related disorders comprises a variety of conditions that occur during sleep and range from Snoring to Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (where people actually stop breathing for periods during sleep and there are significant health problems associated with it including cognitive impairment and an increased cardiovascular risk).
Cognitive impairment can greatly affect quality of life, increase tiredness, impair memory and increase the risk of Motor Vehicle Accidents. Recent studies show that snorers have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure. Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea have an increased risk of atherosclerosis and stroke, and are four times more likely to have a heart attack.
Sleep Disordered Breathing occurs as a result of many factors. They include a narrow airway or unfavourable jaw structure. At Cottesloe Dental we work with Sleep Medicine Physicians to help diagnose and treat patients with these problems. which is why proper assessment by a Sleep Physician is essential. One of the main treatment options is Oral Appliances which have a significant role in helping patients get a good night sleep.