Figuring out whether a medical condition is negatively affecting your health can be hard to gauge, especially when its worst indicators occur when you’re unable to observe them. Sleep apnea afflicts millions of people each year and can contribute to a host of problems for your physical, mental, and even dental health. But how do you know whether you’re affected and how is sleep apnea treated? We help to demystify the process below.
How Can I Get Tested for Sleep Apnea?
First, find out if you exhibit any of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea by taking our simple online quiz. If your results indicate that you are at risk, our sleep apnea specialist will be in contact to set up a consultation.
When it comes to testing, you normally have two options: a sleep clinic study, which can be inconvenient and uncomfortable, or a take-home test that patients prefer for the convenience and privacy it affords. Once you take the kit home, you simply have to follow the included instructions for set-up, then go to sleep. During the night, it will monitor and log vital physiological info, including:
- Body position
- Oxygen saturation
- Heart rate
- Airflow through the mouth and nose
- Any sleep disturbances
Results are then sent to trained, certified technicians who can provide assessment and recommendations for treatment of sleep apnea. That usually includes some type of device to wear during sleep to improve breathing.
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Similar to your sleep apnea testing options, you also usually have two choices when it comes to treatment. The most common is a CPAP machine, which helps provide constant airflow while you sleep. However, this type of solution also means wearing a mask that fits over your nose and is strapped to your head. Obviously, this isn’t the most ideal way to get a restful night’s sleep.
But at My Family Dentistry, Dr. Mullins is able to fit you with a custom intra-oral device that is more convenient than a CPAP mask. The device changes the position of your jaw to allow unobstructed breathing, so that the tissue in your throat doesn’t block your airways, causing you to wake up during the night. It’s the best treatment option when you want simplicity, comfort, and reliability.
Get started toward a better night’s sleep and improved physical (and dental) health by finding out if the symptoms you have are an indication of sleep apnea. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Mullins today.
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