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When physicians and dental professionals like Dr. Ron Briglia understand the likelihood of obstructive sleep apnea, they also have a better chance of treating it sooner and more effectively. At Briglia Dental Group, our West Chester dentist can better evaluate your risk of OSA using the Mallampati score. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of this advanced diagnostic tool.
The Mallampati score is a diagnostic tool used by physicians to determine the need for intubation based on the relative size of the oropharynx (the middle part of the throat). The Mallampati scale uses a rating system of one to four. The score relies on the width of the tongue and the esophageal airways, which affects how likely the tongue is to fall back into the throat and how likely it is that the airways will constrict. A higher Mallampati score means that there’s less of the throat visible. The score indicates how likely you’ll be to experience constriction of the airways or collapse of your oral soft tissues.
Your Mallampati score can be determined with a simple test. Dr. Briglia will examine your entire mouth and determine the width of your tongue and your airways using advanced dental technology. Once he has the precise measurements, he’ll give you a score ranging from one to four, which will help determine your likelihood of obstructive sleep apnea. From there, he can move forward by having you undergo a sleep study and if necessary, prescribe treatment.
Scientific evidence, including the study from Oxford University, suggests that the Mallampati score is a highly accurate predictor of obstructive sleep apnea. However, like most diagnostic health tools, it isn’t foolproof. It’s likely that Dr. Briglia will determine your Mallampati class numbers alongside recommending a sleep study to ensure as accurate a diagnosis as possible.
At our West Chester dental office, Dr. Briglia helps patients determine their likelihood of OSA, and get the treatment they need sooner by utilizing advanced diagnostic tools like the Mallampati score. He can determine the Mallampati class numbers for patients in West Chester and surrounding areas such as Chester Springs, Exton, Broomall, and Chadds Ford, PA.
You can learn more about the importance of Mallampati class numbers and their effect on your chances for obstructive sleep apnea by dialing (610) 615-0160 if you’re a new patient, or (610) 692 4440 if you’re returning. You can also click the button at the bottom of the page to schedule an appointment and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly.
Dr. Ron Briglia has been practicing dentistry since 1984. With decades of experience and extensive continuing education, Dr. Briglia provides the most comprehensive dental services.
He earned his Bachelor of Science from Gannon University and his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Temple University Dental School. He has received advanced training at prestigious organizations like Pankey and Las Vegas Institutes. He is IV and oral sedation-certified too.
Most of Dr. Briglia’s patients have continued with him in his family of patients for over 30 – 35 years, and the restorations he has provided them have lasted for 25-35 years – clear evidence of his skills and expertise.
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