DO I HAVE SLEEP APNEA?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is caused by a blockage of the upper airway and is influenced by these Clinical signs ~constricted airway – measured by a Mallampati score *See end of list~ large neck circumference
Over 15 inches in women
Over 16 inches in men
Oversized and/or inflamed uvula~ extra large tongue~ scalloped tongue edges-caused by tongue forced against the teeth, gasping for breath.
~ enlarged tonsils
~ a droopy soft palate
~ retrognathic mandibular jaw.
~ heavy or struggled breathing
~ scalloped tongue
~ obvious lack of energy
~ lack of focus in children causing ADHD -in 20% of ADHD victims.
~ daytime sleepiness during dental appointment or while driving, or watching TV, etc.
*MALLAMPATI CLASSIFICATION – You may do this self exam in front of a mirror. If you score in Class III or IV, or if you have the conditions described above you may call me for a complementary evaluation