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Determining Mallampati and Friedman Classifications
Gordon Bell, DDS
This lecture is also available in the Integrating Screening for Sleep Apnea into Your Dental Practice program at a discounted price.

The ADA recommends that dentists screen patients for sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBD) as part of a comprehensive medical and dental history. This video demonstrates how to acquire Mallampati and Friedman classifications on all adult patients in a standardized and reproducible manner and explains how these classifications can be useful when screening patients for SRBD.

Note: CE credit is not offered for demonstrations.


Target Audience
Dentists and chairside dental staff screening patients for sleep-related breathing disorders.
Recommended Supplemental Readings:
Abstract: Friedman M, Hamilton C, Samuelson CG, Lundgren ME, Pott T. Diagnostic value of the Friedman tongue position and Mallampati classification for obstructive sleep apnea: a meta-analysis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013;148(4):540-547.

Friedman M, Slapatas A, Bonzelaar L. Updated Friedman Staging System for OSA. Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2017, vol 80, pp 41-48.
Speaker Bio

Gordon Bell, DDS is a practicing general dentist of 29 years. Dr. Bell holds Fellowship credentials with the Academy of General Dentistry and International Congress of Oral Implantology. He is the Chief Dental Officer for York Dental Sleep Therapy, a multi-office, multi-doctor, dental sleep medicine practice in York, PA. Dr. Bell holds Diplomate credentials with the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine, and Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines. Dr. Bell is a member of the AADSM Education Committee and lectures nationally on management of craniofacial pain and sleep disordered breathing.

He has no relevant financial interest/other relationships to disclose.
Additional Information
Content for this online learning module was last reviewed and approved by the AADSM Education Committee on November 1, 2019. No committee members have relevant financial interest/other relationships to disclose. Education Committee: Kathi Wilson, DDS - Chair; Saleema Adatia, DMD; Michael Pagano, DDS; Gordon Bell, DDS; Maia Tsirghiladze, DMD; Harmeet Chiang, DMD; Kevin Wallace, DMD; Michelle Cantwell, DMD - Board Liaison; and Patricia Braga, DDS - Director of Education Duration: 7 minutes Original release date: January 2, 2020 Expiration date: None AADSM online learning modules are funded exclusively by the AADSM.

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