St. Augustine Dentist Treats Sleep Apnea Part 4
Your St. Augustine Dentist, Dr. Steven Freeman, will look for different signs that you may have OSA. From a dental perspective you start by looking at the tongue. A large tongue, particularly one that pushes out against the teeth, will typically obstruct the airway. A tongue that is too large will leave indentations along the side of the tongue called a "scallpoped tongue". We will most likely see signs of clenching and grinding on the teeth. These two signs together have about a 75% likelihood that you have OSA.. So we look elsewhere. Men with a neck size large than 17, women 16. Are you tired? Do you have uncontrolled high blood pressure? Atrial Fibralation or AFib? Are you diabetic? If you have another of these signs than we would strongly recommend taking a sleep test. Click our next blog for more information.
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