Obstructive sleep apnea is an obstruction in the upper airway, often characterized by repetitive interruptions in the breathing cycle during sleep despite the effort to breath, says Dr. Mitch Conditt, a dentist in Fort Worth, Texas, who treats patients with sleep breathing disorders. It also is usually associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation.
Sleep apnea is based on medical history, family history, a physical exam and the results of a sleep study test. Because dentists look at the upper airway, are often the first ones to evaluate the signs and symptoms to determine whether the patient needs to see a sleep specialist.
Dr. Mitch Conditt is a dentist in Fort Worth, Texas and a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.