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Sleeping disorders specifically problems breathing while asleep are a concern for many people. Beside the life threatening implications sleep deprivation can also be an issue. Some patients do not have a sleep disorder but rather nasal obstruction which causes difficulty breathing. In some cases insurance may not cover correcting the issue which often leads the patient to consult with Dr. O’Toole. Dr. O’Toole explains that although the insurance company may classify the rhinoplasty as completely cosmetic it does not mean that patients do not get medical benefits and often relief from clogged nasal passages. In the same operation Dr. O’Toole is able to make changes cosmetically that the patient may desire without interference from the insurance company. A rhinoplasty will not help all patients who have trouble sleeping, it serves as a possible option for some patients. According to The Los Angeles Times, treating a sleep disorder to improve oxygen flow through the body may also help lower the risk of dementia in older-age people, according to a new study. The research, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., must be replicated. But it’s exciting nonetheless because it suggests a rare, successful measure that may prevent at least some cases of cognitive impairment.
Sleep disorders such as frequent waking and hypoxia (a lack of oxygen) have been linked to other diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Some researchers have also suspected that these disorders contribute to the development of dementia.