During sleep apnea, sufferers stop breathing temporarily while they are asleep. A dentist may spot the signs:
– People with sleep apnea may have inflamed gums, enamel erosion, a dry mouth, teeth grinding, fatigue, snoring or have a headache when waking up.
– If your dentist suspects you might have sleep apnea they will refer you to a specialist for confirmation.
– Seeing your dentist regularly maintains good oral health as well as allowing other conditions with oral symptoms to be detected.
“Your sleep specialist will likely recommend you have an overnight sleep study done to
determine if you have sleep apnea.”
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