Snoring is not necessarily a benign condition; it can be linked to the serious condition obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). When OSAH is also associated with excessive daytime sleepiness it is referred to as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS). In some cases mandibular repositioning devices can be an effective treatment for simple snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnoea, and these devices can be provided by dentists (with appropriate training and in line with dental protection guidelines)
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On completion of this module you will be aware of the role the GDP has in the treatment of snoring, its relationship between sleep apnoea and cardiovascular disease and motor vehicle accidents.