Dentist Dr Al-Jewair says dental students should be taught about OSA before they get out in the field, and dentists should be educated about the major role they play in identifying and treating patients with sleep-related disorders, reports The Morning Star.
Although dentists cannot diagnose the disorder, they can spot an enlarged tongue or tonsils and recommend a patient to a sleep medicine specialist.
Local dentist Dr. Shawn Lee said one of the signs of sleep apnea patients is loud snoring.
“Listen to your partner,” he said. “If your snoring is disturbing him or her, you may have a more serious problem, especially if you are noticing daytime drowsiness and exhaustion.”