Although your dentist is specialised in dental problems there are medical conditions that can be detected during the course of an oral examination. One of these is sleep apnoea, a condition whereby the sufferer stops breathing during sleep. The dentist will not make an official diagnosis but is trained to spot possible early warning signs of sleep apnoea. These symptoms include:
- Erosion of tooth enamel
- Teeth grinding
- Inflamed gums
If any, or all, of these symptoms of possible sleep apnoea are evident your dentist “can provide further guidance and even initiate treatment” and you can read more on the subject at https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/how-does-a-dentist-diagnose-sleep-apnea/.