You are in an excellent position to screen for sleep apnea and to help identify your undiagnosed (and therefore, untreated) OSA patients.

How can you miss these clinical signs?

You…..

• have direct observational access to the physiological structures of your patients’ upper airways

• are already screening chair side for other health conditions that can be easily spotted during a dental visit

• may see these patients more frequently than primary care physicians will, with nearly one quarter more likely to see a dentist than a physician over any given time period. 

Your field of operations is right next to the opening of the airway.

Clinical signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
~constricted airway – measured by a Mallampati score *
~ large neck circumference

          Over 15 inches in women
          Over 16 inches in men
  
~ oversized and/or inflamed uvula
~ extra large tongue
~ scalloped tongue edges-caused by tongue forced against the teeth, gasping for breath.
~ enlarged tonsils     
~ a droopy soft palate
 ~ retrognathic mandibular jaw.
~ obesity
~ heavy or struggled breathing
~ bruxism
~ obvious lack of energy
~ lack of focus in children causing ADHD -in 20% of ADHD victims.
~ sleepiness during dental appointment.
                                                                                                   *MALLAMPATI CLASSIFICATION

   Want more information, email me cskdoc@aol.com.

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