Sleep apnea screening in a dental office?
There are many signs that can be seen inside your mouth that can be related to sleep apnea. Planning an appointment to see your dentist can be a great resource to learn if you have conditions that could point to sleep apnea. You can fill out a sleep screener, have an exam with your dentist, and start the process of having a sleep test. Ninety percent of people who have sleep apnea are undiagnosed. Sleep apnea can take 15 years off your life and is a major contributor to many disease conditions. Some of the things that your dentist will look for include: your airway openness, your bite classification and palate condition, if you have abfractions at your gum line and receding gums, if you clench and grind your teeth, if you have scalloped tongue and/or bite marks on your cheeks, as well as considering your existing medical conditions that can be associated with sleep apnea.