Important things to know about OSA: – Untreated OSA increases the risk of heart attack by 30 per cent – OSA significantly increases the risk of a stroke – 80 per cent of stroke patients have sleep apnoea – Almost 60 per cent of Type 2 diabetics have OSA – Patients with depression are five times more likely to have OSA – People with OSA are 10 times more likely to have a motor vehicle accident – Over half of patients with idiopathic high blood pressure have OSA – Thin people can have sleep apnoea too! Treatment of OSA may include lifestyle changes, CPAP (continuous positive airways pressure) machine and/or a custom made oral appliance called a MAS (mandibular advancement splint). People have a variety of mouths and jaw shapes so you should find a dentist who is trained in designing a custom made device. If it’s not comfortable you won’t wear it, so go for comfort for your health’s sake. The MAS appliance is ideal for patients who travel as it is small and easy to use every night. Talk to your GP, dentist or specialist about having a reputable sleep study if you suspect you are snoring or experiencing any of the symptoms above. Smile by Design 102 Wises Rd Maroochydore 5443 2888]]>