CAT Scan and Airway Analysis
When it comes to dentistry, there is more to care than just crowns, fillings, and cleanings. Dr. Dean Glasser of Melville, NY’s Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island is here to help patients achieve the best possible results from their smile—and address common problems such as obstructive sleep apnea.
Dr. Dean Glasser explains obstructive sleep apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that can be addressed with dental interventions. Our practice utilizes some of the latest technologies to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea and provide a thorough evaluation. When patients have small or obstructed airways, they may be at a higher risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea. Using a CAT scan, which stands for “Computer Assisted Tomography,” the dentist can get a clear, three-dimensional view of the patient’s mouth and airways. This allows him to detect specific concerns that may need to be addressed with dental intervention. Not only can it be used to evaluate the teeth, gums, and bone to check for decay, disease, or damage, it can also offer a way for the dentist to check airways. Since the many structures of the mouth can be evaluated with this method, our dentist can use them in a variety of situations. Additionally, these images can be used when Dr. Dean Glasser is evaluating the health of the bone and the location of the sinuses prior to placing restorations such as dental implants.
Do I have obstructive sleep apnea?
Patients who have some of the following symptoms may want to speak to our team about undergoing CAT scans and airway analysis:
- Daily fatigue
- Dry mouth upon wakening
- Gasping for breath at night
- Headaches and migraines
Learn more about CAT scans and airway analysis
If you live in or around the area of Melville, NY, and are ready to work with a team of professionals to learn more about obstructive sleep apnea, consider Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island. Dr. Dean Glasser and his team are dedicated to assisting patients in the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea to improve their overall quality of life. Call (631) 423-6767 today to schedule your appointment at 458 Old Country Road.