You may not think of the dentist when you think of an airway screening, but it only makes sense that a dentist is more likely to catch the symptoms of snoring or Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) as they are looking intently at your mouth and soft tissues. Conditions such as snoring and OSA fall under the blanket term of airway-centered disorders and affect millions of people nationwide.
Symptoms of an airway-centered disorder can present themselves in many ways including waking up tired, waking up with a headache, waking with a sore throat, teeth grinding, obesity, daytime fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, dementia, erectile dysfunction (ED), and depression just to name a few!
During your routine dental exam, Dr. Raman will ask you some questions and look at your teeth, cheeks, lips, tongue, and throat to look for physical symptoms of snoring and OSA.
If an issue is detected, Dr. Raman may suggest further testing and/or refer you to a sleep specialist for further evaluation.