Do You Think You Might Have Sleep Apnea?

Why is my dentist talking about sleep apnea and saying I should be tested for this condition?

The question should be why wouldn’t your dentist be talking about this? About 22 million Americans have some type of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), with 80 percent of the moderate to severe cases going undiagnosed. Patients usually see their doctor for a well-check once a year, but see their dentist for a checkup two or more times a year.

It is important to screen, diagnose and treat OSA, including in children and adults. Untreated OSA can lead to acid reflux, high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, stroke and …

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