DentistryIQ informs its audience about sleep apnea to help them educate patients about the disorder, as well as help dentists learn more about their importance in detecting and screening for OSA.

Patients who confirm these symptoms should be further assessed. Although physicians are the only professionals licensed to diagnose OSA, dentists and dental hygienists can use screening tools for early detection of risk factors. If, after screening, you believe that a patient displays signs of sleep apnea, you should refer the patient to their primary care physician or a sleep specialist.

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