Do you snore loudly? Then you might have obstructive sleep apnoea, a condition in which blocked airways disrupt breathing during sleep.It’s serious, as sleep apnoea can lead to heart disease and diabetes.
Mew research shows that possible causes include unusually large tongue and tonsils. Risk factors for OPA include weight, next circumference and blood pressure.
A person’s dentist can help identify these factors by examining the sizes of the tonsils and the tongue.
– The size of a person’s tongue and tonsils may play a part in obstructive sleep apnea.
– Other risk factors include weight, neck circumference and blood pressure.
– As well as examining your teeth and fixing your smile, your dentist can help check for risk factors in sleep apnea.
“We need to teach students about this condition before they get out in the field and educate dentists about the major role they play in identifying and treating patients with sleep-related disorders.”